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  • Commentary posted March 17, 2014 by Derrick Morgan Religious Freedom is Everyone’s Business

    Across social media last week, some in the Twittersphere claimed family businesses fighting for a fundamental freedom want to impose their religious and moral beliefs on their employees. Nothing could be further from the truth. The distortion is part of a fierce national argument into which the Supreme Court is about to wade. One side insists government must force all…

  • Issue Brief posted November 12, 2013 by Derrick Morgan, Rea S. Hederman, Jr., Nina Owcharenko, Romina Boccia Principles for the Budget Conference

    For the first time in years, lawmakers have agreed to convene in a budget conference to reconcile differences between their respective budget proposals, as presented by House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan (R–WI) and Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray (D–WA). The two chambers’ budgets differ wildly in terms of taxes and the size of government. A budget…

  • Commentary posted November 12, 2013 by Derrick Morgan, Ken McIntyre If You Like Border Security, Can You Keep It?

    Deluged with bad news on numerous fronts—especially from the poorly executed rollout of his signature achievement, Obamacare—the president wants Congress to turn its attention to immigration reform. But President Obama is finding his “comprehensive” approach to immigration to be a much harder sell in the wake of the Obamacare debacle.  Not only are people more doubtful…

  • Working Paper posted October 24, 2013 by Alberto Alesina, Ph.D., Ryan Bourne, Salim Furth, Ph.D., David Howden, Ph.D., Filip Jolevski, Derrick Morgan, Miguel Marin, Matthew Melchiorre, Dalibor Rohac, Veronique de Rugy Europe’s Fiscal Crisis Revealed: In-Depth Analysis of Spending, Austerity, and Growth

    Edited by Salim Furth Preface Derrick Morgan Why would your time be well spent reading this special report on detailed economic data from Europe over the past half-dozen years?  It is very simple: Washington must learn from Europe’s mistakes, or be doomed to repeat them. Those who favor ever-increasing spending and loathe smaller government prefer to call any measures to…

  • Commentary posted October 11, 2013 by Derrick Morgan Why America Can’t Afford Amnesty

    America is going broke.  Our national debt exceeds $17 trillion, and Washington is piling up new debt by the hundreds of billions every year.  Now is not the time to saddle the American taxpayer with trillions more in new obligations to folks who broke the law to enter or stay in this country. Yet that’s exactly what amnesty for illegal immigrants -- such as that included…

  • Commentary posted October 10, 2013 by Derrick Morgan America can't afford amnesty

    America is going broke. Our national debt exceeds $17 trillion, and Washington is piling up new debt by the hundreds of billions every year. Now is not the time to saddle the American taxpayer with trillions more in new obligations to folks who broke the law to enter or stay in this country. Yet that's exactly what amnesty for illegal immigrants – such as that…

  • Commentary posted October 8, 2013 by Derrick Morgan Immigration Reform Without Amnesty

    Over the next two decades, immigration will be a defining issue for America.  Immigration strengthens our country and is especially important as native-born Americans have fewer children.  How we reform the immigration system will determine our nation’s future.   Immigration, of course, also helps those who come here.  America is a place of tremendous opportunity for…

  • Play Movie The White House's Immigration Lies: Morgan on 'Cavuto' Video Recorded on September 12, 2013 The White House's Immigration Lies: Morgan on 'Cavuto'

    Vice President Derrick Morgan discusses some of the falsehoods the White House is spreading about immigration reform on Fox News' 'Cavuto'.…

  • Commentary posted August 12, 2013 by Derrick Morgan Verily, Christians Disagree on Immigration 'Reform'

    Imagine a major Christian leader citing Scripture while writing about marriage, abortion, divorce or sexual abstinence in a commentary published by a mainstream newspaper. Imagine him encouraging reforms that “reflect biblical principles,” noting that “nations will be judged,” that Christian lawmakers should “let personal faith replace political fear.” Imagine him…

  • Commentary posted July 8, 2013 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Derrick Morgan Fireworks Back Home Over Immigration Reform

    After months of back-room wheeling and dealing, the Senate passed a "comprehensive" immigration bill that proponents say solves all the big problems so wisely that the House would be shortsighted not to do likewise.   But as House members from both parties chowed down back home on hot dogs during a weeklong Independence Day recess, they encountered some fireworks in…

  • Commentary posted July 3, 2013 by Derrick Morgan Reform the Welfare State, Don’t Enlarge It with Amnesty

    Conservatives and libertarians both recognize the urgency of reforming the welfare state. Why, then, are some members of both camps so willing to add millions of people to our welfare and entitlements systems before we fix them? I am talking about the proposed amnesty of 11 million people included in the so-called Gang of Eight’s Senate immigration bill. Obviously,…

  • Issue Brief posted June 10, 2013 by Derrick Morgan How to Read the CBO’s Scoring of the Immigration Bill

    Sometime in the next few weeks, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will produce a “score” of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (known colloquially as the “Gang of Eight bill”), as recently reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. During the last congressional debate over immigration reform in 2007, a CBO…

  • Commentary posted June 7, 2013 by Derrick Morgan Conservatives for a Carbon Tax?

    President Obama chalked up impressive “wins” in his first term: stimulus bills, financial-services regulation (Dodd-Frank), and, of course, Obamacare. But he didn’t get everything he wanted. His cap-and-trade proposal was handily defeated once it was exposed as an enormous energy tax. That setback hasn’t ended the president’s war on conventional energy sources, however.…

  • Commentary posted May 23, 2013 by Derrick Morgan A Response to Keith Hennessey on Immigration

    Recently, Keith Hennessey, a former economic advisor to President George W. Bush, pointed out what he thinks are eight problems with the Heritage cost estimate of unlawful immigration and amnesty. During the course of his post he notes that “making 8-9 million people here illegally into U.S. citizens would increase future deficits” and “[t]here is a significant fiscal…

  • Play Movie The Trillions of Amnesty Dollars: Morgan on 'Willis Report' Video Recorded on May 7, 2013 The Trillions of Amnesty Dollars: Morgan on 'Willis Report'

    Vice President Derrick Morgan discusses the massive cost of amnesty to U.S. taxpayers on Fox Business Network's 'Willis Report'.…