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Will Congress Let Amtrak Stem Losses?

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The federal government does a lot of things poorly, including trying to run businesses such as an electric utility, a postal system, and...

Federal Transit Aid Harms Cities

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The federal government spends $13 billion a year on subsidies for local rail and bus transit systems. This spending should be...

Markets and Emissions

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE In reviewing the Green New Deal, the Wall Street Journal’s Greg Ip says, “Because the private market has no incentive to reduce carbon...

Taxes on Tippy Tippy Top

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren told CNBC the other day: “I want these billionaires to stop being freeloaders … I want them to pick...

Corporate CEOs – Some of America’s Hardest Workers

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE It has become fashionable for Washington politicians to bash corporate executives—their decisions, their motivations, and their personal earnings. But when you...

Green New Deal Would Crush Liberal Values

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE A contradiction in left-wing politics for decades has been the professed support of community, diversity, localism, and democracy on the one...

A Rising Tide Is Lifting All Boats

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE President Trump delivers his State of the Union address tonight and will surely claim credit for the strong economy. He has...

Good News on Disability Programs

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE There is good news for taxpayers regarding federal disability programs. The strong economy and administrative reforms have begun reducing caseloads for the Social...

Beer vs. Bureaucracy

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The federal shutdown revealed some of the ways that the government needlessly shackles the economy through subsidies and regulations. The microbrew...

Federal Subsidies Infiltrate Everything

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Can’t anyone do anything in this country without federal subsidies? A friend emailed me a local news story from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania:...

Winner and Loser States from Centralized Government

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Ninety years ago, two-thirds of government spending in America was state-local and one-third was federal. Today, it is the reverse with...

Another Hostage from the Federal Shutdown: Small Business

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE We are in the fourth week of the partial federal shutdown, which is starting to disrupt the broader economy because the...

Welfare Cowboy

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE A reporter called the other day to ask what I thought about the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) giving subsidies...

The Shutdown’s Real Lesson

Government Has Taken Hostage Too Much of the Economy CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE This article appeared on MarketWatch on January 10, 2019. We are in the third week of...

Top-Scoring Governor Moving to Florida

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Maine Governor Paul LePage announced that he will be moving to Florida at the end of his term. LePage is a staunch...

Mapping Interstate Migration

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Millions of Americans move between states each year. These migration flows are influenced by numerous factors including job opportunities, climate, and...

Opportunity Zones Fuel Corruption

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The federal government dispenses unequal treatment to Americans through subsidies, regulations, and narrow tax breaks. The unequal treatment generates lobbying and...

Multi-Billion Dollar Boondoggle at Department of Energy

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The federal government spends an unreal amount of taxpayer money cleaning up nuclear weapons sites. In this study at Downsizing Government, I...

TSA Still Awful After 17 Years

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE It has been 17 years since the federal government took over security screening at the nation’s airports, and they still haven’t figured out...

Who Gained from the Tax Cuts?

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The Tax Policy Center (TPC) has released a new analysis of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December. The analysis examines...

Federal Fuel Foolishness

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The federal government imposes a mandate to blend ethanol into gasoline. This “Renewable Fuel Standard” harms consumers, damages the economy, and...

Purging Unions from the Public Sector

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The Supreme Court hears arguments today regarding the ability of state governments and their labor unions to extract union fees from...

Advantages to Trump’s Proposed Privatizing of PMAs – Cato Study

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The Trump administration proposed privatizing the Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) in its budget last year.  Cato has released a study discussing the PMAs...

Government Shutdown Solution: Auto CR

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Part of the federal government is closed today because the two parties cannot agree on a discretionary spending plan for the...

Earmark Supporters Should Run for Public Office

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE If you are interested in national issues such as defense, foreign policy, and trade, and want to hold public office, you...

Corporate Welfare Absurdity

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE This small news bite from the Washington Post yesterday caught my eye: Moving costs: Booz Allen Hamilton, the McLean, Va., consulting and government contracting giant,...
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Talking Tax Reform with Nick Gillespie

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Last week I sat down to talk tax reform with Nick Gillespie, the editor-in-chief of Reason.com and an all-around guru of...

Corporate Tax Rate: 20 Percent Is Better

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The House and Senate have passed bills cutting the federal corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. This overdue reform...

GOP Tax Plan: Middle Class Gets Largest Cuts

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Critics are saying that the Republican tax plan would give high earners the largest cuts. There has been a flood of news...

High Earners Pay Bulk of Income Taxes

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE President Trump and his advisors are stressing that they want tax cuts for the middle class, not high earners. Trump said, “the...