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  • Backgrounder posted April 9, 2014 by Matthew Grinney, Emily Goff Bringing Transportation Decisions Closer to the People: Why States and Localities Should Have More Control

    The current highway authorization bill is set to expire on October 1, 2014. As Congress considers its reauthorization, including changes in the federal highway program, the question that should be at the center of the debate is: Which level of government—federal, state, or local—is best suited to maintain, improve, and expand the nation’s surface transportation…

  • Commentary posted April 7, 2014 by Rich Tucker Don't forget to tingle at the benefits of capitalism

    In his classic baseball book “Ball Four,” Jim Bouton writes that as a child he longed to be able to run, just once, across the beautiful outfield grass. Yet as an adult and a major league ballplayer, he takes being on the field for granted. “Sometimes I forget to tingle,” he writes. In our capitalist system, we're all forgetting to tingle. Consider one of the good…

  • Commentary posted April 7, 2014 by Rich Tucker Don't forget to tingle at the benefits of capitalism

    In his classic baseball book “Ball Four,” Jim Bouton writes that as a child he longed to be able to run, just once, across the beautiful outfield grass. Yet as an adult and a major league ballplayer, he takes being on the field for granted. “Sometimes I forget to tingle,” he writes. In our capitalist system, we're all forgetting to tingle. Consider one of the good…

  • Commentary posted April 5, 2014 by Rich Tucker Nobody’s in Charge

    Our federal government is very good at moving money from place to place. In fact, some 70 percent of federal government spending consists of simply shipping money from one place to another -- after taking a cut off the top. "In effect the government has become primarily a massive money-transfer machine," notes John Merline at Investor’s Business Daily, "taking $2.6…

  • Commentary posted March 15, 2014 by Rich Tucker Veteran retirements highlight how much Congress has made itself powerless

    Stay in any job for six decades and you’re bound to be a bit jaded when you finally retire. “I find serving in the House to be obnoxious,” Rep. John Dingell recently told the Detroit News. “It's become very hard because of the acrimony and bitterness, both in Congress and in the streets.” So he's stepping aside, after 59 years. Despite the obnoxiousness, he hopes his…

  • Commentary posted February 17, 2014 by Rich Tucker Celebrate birthday of Washington, by George!

    These days, American culture treats all children as if they live in Lake Wobegone. Everyone is exceptional. Everyone gets a trophy. Of course, if everyone’s an honor student, no one is. The obvious problem is that this makes it more difficult to recognize, and celebrate, someone who is truly exceptional. Consider George Washington. He was that rarity: “the…

  • Commentary posted January 30, 2014 by David Azerrad Obama's Rhetorical Pivot to Opportunity

    In terms of substantive policy, President Barack Obama’s latest State of the Union Address contained little of interest. The President offered up more of the same, tired “concrete, practical proposals” we’ve been hearing for years: raising the minimum wage, creating manufacturing hubs, improving job training, and investing more in early education. The ambitions expressed…

  • Commentary posted December 19, 2013 by Rich Tucker Lobbying: A Terrific Investment

    These are glory days for investors. Last month the Dow Jones Industrial Average touched 16,000. It's more than doubled since its low point in early 2009. Overall stocks are up more than 20 percent in 2013. Sounds great. But if you put your money in a mutual fund or an IRA hoping to ride the gravy train, you missed the biggest and best investment opportunity in history.…

  • Commentary posted November 27, 2013 by Rich Tucker Driving Toward Failure

    Sen. Everett Dirksen probably never said the words "a billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money." But in today's Washington, a billion here and a billion there is indeed a mere rounding error on top of a $17 trillion debt. Consider the soon-to-be-completed bailout of automaker General Motors. The Wall Street Journal reports that the federal…

  • Commentary posted November 19, 2013 by Rich Tucker A government 'of the people' or 'over' the people?

    Speaking over the graves of patriotic Americans 150 years ago today at Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln delivered a short speech that may be the most important in American history. To conclude his two minutes of remarks, Lincoln declared that the Civil War was being waged so “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”…

  • Commentary posted November 8, 2013 by Rich Tucker Stop Worrying About Overpopulation

    When it became obvious to the president that HealthCare.gov was a disaster -- several days after it launched, reportedly -- he knew just what to do: Hire more people to work on the site. "To ensure that we make swift progress, and that the consumer experience continues to improve, our team has called in additional help to solve some of the more complex technical issues…

  • Issue Brief posted October 8, 2013 by Rich Tucker America’s Debt, Through the Eyes of the Founders

    The Founders of the United States wanted to establish a country that could endure for generations, and they understood that massive debt would endanger their project. They knew that managing public finances to force government to live within its means was the prudent thing to do. They understood that it would sometimes be necessary for the country to run a deficit—for…

  • Special Report posted September 9, 2013 by Marion Smith The Myth of American Isolationism: Commerce, Diplomacy, and Military Affairs in the Early Republic

    Foreword Introduction Section I: Diplomacy Section II: Trade Section III: Military Affairs Conclusion: Changing Policies, Permanent Principles Appendix: Sources for Charts, Tables, and Maps Foreword It’s not exactly “Come home, America” all over again, but more Americans are asking legitimate questions about the nature and extent of our country’s activities around…

  • Commentary posted July 30, 2013 by Rich Tucker Detroit and the Bankruptcy of Liberalism

    Detroit is a showcase for the liberal agenda — and now it is bankrupt. More than 50 years of control by big-government liberals and union bosses have left a once-great American city crippled and deteriorating. Two weeks ago, Detroit became the largest city in American history to seek bankruptcy protection. Few were surprised, as the city’s been struggling for years. The…

  • Commentary posted July 3, 2013 by David Azerrad Obama's Declaration

    Barack Obama really loves the Declaration of Independence. To be sure, you couldn’t tell by looking at the conduct of his administration or his policy proposals. But you’d have to go back to Reagan to find a president who invoked our founding charter as often as Obama does. In his statement applauding the Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act,…