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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…

  • Commentary posted September 18, 2013 by Alison Acosta Fraser More Bad News for Chicago

    Friday the 13th brought more bad news for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago. Standard and Poor’s (S&P) revised the city’s bond outlook from stable to negative. Negative is… well… bad. But certainly this wasn’t a surprise. After all, Moody’s took even stronger action and actually downgraded the city’s bond rating in July. And it’s well known that the city has a couple of huge…

  • 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 21, 2013 by Alison Acosta Fraser Federal Spending Is Full of Surprises

    As Washington’s quiet August days dwindle down, Labor Day — and the return of Congress — draw nearer. With no spending bills passed and a debate looming over the debt limit, this fall promises to be quite contentious on Capitol Hill. So let me recommend some pertinent summer reading. Short and easy to read, The Heritage Foundation’s “Federal Spending by the Numbers” is…

  • Special Report posted August 20, 2013 by Romina Boccia, Alison Acosta Fraser, Emily Goff Federal Spending by the Numbers, 2013: Government Spending Trends in Graphics, Tables, and Key Points

    Introduction In 2013, federal spending approached $3.5 trillion and the deficit dropped to “only” $642 billion. Some are using this small improvement in the nation’s fiscal situation to avoid further budget tightening. But as the figures and graphics in this report show, this is the wrong conclusion to draw. Following four years of trillion-dollar deficits, the national…

  • 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…

  • Play Movie Detroit is Bankrupt, is Chicago Next? Fraser on Fox Business Video Recorded on August 6, 2013 Detroit is Bankrupt, is Chicago Next? Fraser on Fox Business

    Director Alison Fraser discusses Detroit filing for bankruptcy and the economic state of the city of Chicago on Fox Business' 'Markets Now'.…

  • Commentary posted August 5, 2013 by Alison Acosta Fraser Detroit Bailout Would Reward Bad Decisions

    I had just gotten to work one December morning in 1994 when my boss called an urgent, unscheduled meeting to announce we were filing for bankruptcy. Orange County, Calif., had just initiated what was then the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation. Most of the taxpayers and workers in this large and prosperous county didn’t see it coming. Fast forward almost 20 years…

  • Issue Brief posted August 2, 2013 by Rachel Greszler, Alison Acosta Fraser Detroit’s Bankruptcy Marks the Tip of the Iceberg

    Detroit’s recent filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection would protect the city from its creditors while allowing it to restructure its debts. The proceedings that follow will, in many respects, set precedents for the swell of municipal bankruptcies that are likely to follow. Some of these precedents will be set through the courts, but federal policymakers have the…