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  • Commentary posted April 17, 2014 by Stephen Moore Who Shrank the Deficit?

    A budget deficit of nearly half a trillion dollars is hardly something to cheer about, but the big decline in federal red ink as a share of our national output has been a stunning achievement. The new April budget update from the Congressional Budget Office tells us that, in 2009, Barack Obama and the Democrats rang up an elephantine $1.3 trillion deficit, which amounted…

  • Commentary posted April 10, 2014 by Stephen Moore The Real Pay Gap

    The Equal Pay Act, sponsored by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.), is a laughably bad idea — almost a parody of liberal interventionism in the market. Under the law, there is federal funding for girls’ negotiation training and grant awards for reducing gender discrimination. It bestows on disgruntled employees yet more grounds on which to sue their employers for alleged…

  • Commentary posted April 3, 2014 by Stephen Moore Pipelines to the Future

    President Obama was on the road this week touting the need for infrastructure jobs, and he’s got the story half right. America does have a gaping infrastructure crisis, but fixing this problem wouldn’t cost a penny of taxpayer dollars, never mind hundreds of billions of dollars added to the debt, so the White House probably won’t be interested. The infrastructure…

  • Commentary posted March 27, 2014 by Stephen Moore Corporate-Welfare Queens

    Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will release his House Republican budget next week, and one of its themes will be the fighting against corporate welfare. Mr. Ryan says, “We can’t make the case to the American people that we are the reform party if we won’t reform the giant corporate-welfare state in Washington.” Bravo. Too bad so few of his colleagues agree with…

  • Commentary posted March 27, 2014 by Stephen Moore Corporate-Welfare Queens

    Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will release his House Republican budget next week, and one of its themes will be the fighting against corporate welfare. Mr. Ryan says, “We can’t make the case to the American people that we are the reform party if we won’t reform the giant corporate-welfare state in Washington.” Bravo. Too bad so few of his colleagues agree with…

  • Commentary posted March 20, 2014 by Stephen Moore The Sue-and-Settle Racket

    For four years now, radical environmental groups have teamed with the Obama administration’s Interior Department and hijacked the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to bottle up development in many areas out West. The big villain that the Left is trying to thwart, of course, is the oil-and-gas industry. The ESA is blocking drilling operations in many prime energy-rich…

  • Commentary posted March 6, 2014 by Stephen Moore Making the tax code more fair

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., recently jump-started the tax reform debate. It's about time. The tax code stables in Washington haven't been cleaned out since 1986 - more than a quarter century ago, when Ronald Reagan was president. Since then, year after year, the tax code gets engrafted with more special-interest loopholes, credits and…

  • Commentary posted March 4, 2014 by Stephen Moore Obama's $4 Trillion Budget: Liberalism's Last Hurrah?

    Barack Obama keeps saying there isn't a government program for every problem in America, but you wouldn't know it from reading his new 2015 federal budget. This nearly $4 trillion document would spend more federal dollars on everything from climate change to green energy to transit systems to welfare state expansion to federal land purchases to day-care subsidies. The…

  • Commentary posted February 17, 2014 by Stephen Moore Why west Michigan is flourishing

    Bruce Los, vice president of Gentex Corp., a $1.2 billion manufacturing company located in tiny Zeeland, Mich. (population 5,508), often hosts executives from foreign auto companies like BMW, Nissan and Toyota. With 4,000 employees and a state-of-the-art facility, Gentex makes some of the world’s most advanced rearview mirrors, with camera-based driver assistance. But…

  • Commentary posted February 13, 2014 by Stephen Moore Welfare In America: A $1 Trillion Tab And Rising

    Republicans in Congress are being accused of fighting a "war on the war on poverty," in part because of a tiny cut in the food stamps program last week. Democrats charge that these "cuts" will take food from the mouths of hungry children, and they claim this is an example of how Congress has shred the safety net for the poor. Never mind that this is the food aid…

  • Issue Brief posted February 6, 2014 by Curtis S. Dubay, Stephen Moore Economy Better, but Still Growing Too Slowly Because of Anti-Growth Policy

    The new Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) report measuring how fast the economy grew in the fourth quarter of 2013 and for the entire year of 2013 confirms that while the U.S. economy has clearly picked up steam, it is still in the grip of a subpar recovery from the recession that ended in 2009. The cost of this slack-paced expansion—compared to past recoveries—has been…

  • Commentary posted January 31, 2014 by Stephen Moore Why the Rest of Michigan Isn't Singing the Motown Blues

    Bruce Los, vice president of Gentex Corp. (GNTX -0.20%) , a $1.2 billion manufacturing company located in tiny Zeeland, Mich. (population 5,508), often hosts executives from foreign auto companies like BMW, (BMW.XE -0.51%) Nissan (7201.TO +2.28%) and Toyota. (7203.TO +6.00%) With 4,000 employees and a state-of-the-art facility, Gentex makes some of the world's most…

  • Issue Brief posted April 16, 2013 by David S. Addington House Cybersecurity Legislation: A Small Step, but Flaws Need Correction

    Congress has begun to consider cybersecurity legislation in earnest for the 113th Congress. The House of Representatives is scheduled to consider shortly H.R. 624, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The bill addresses the growing problem of foreign powers infiltrating U.S. public and private computer systems to steal valuable information. The bill…

  • Backgrounder posted March 27, 2013 by David S. Addington Encouraging Lawful Immigration and Discouraging Unlawful Immigration

    From its inception, the United States of America has recognized the vital importance of lawful immigration to the nation. Such immigration brings important economic and cultural benefits both to the United States and to the immigrants. Americans rightly incorporate into their lives and celebrate the values of America, including individual freedom, limited government, and…

  • Backgrounder posted April 6, 2012 by David S. Addington Congress Should Not Authorize States to Expand Collection of Taxes on Internet and Mail Order Sales

    Abstract: The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1992 decision in Quill Corporation v. North Dakota protects out-of-state businesses in the Internet era from overreaching by revenue-hungry states. The Court’s decision prevents a state from forcing an out-of-state business to serve as the state’s sales tax collector if the business has no physical presence in the state and…