Chris Edwards

Medicare: Ripe for Rip-Offs

The $768 billion Medicare program is in deep trouble as America ages and elderly health care soars in cost.

Did You Get a Tax Cut?

Federal tax returns for 2018 are due April 15 in most states. With your filing, you can see how your taxes changed after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of December 2017.

Federal Aid Failure #12

In my upcoming Cato study, “Restoring Responsible Government by Cutting Federal Aid to the States,” I discuss 18 reasons why federal aid to state and local governments should be zeroed out. Reason #12 regards how aid induces states to delay important projects such as infrastructure.

Housing Prices, Supply, and Innovation

Housing prices have soared in many U.S. and international cities, which has generated affordability problems for middle- and lower-income families.

Reporters Accept Illogical Gas Tax Narrative

Here is the framing of countless news articles on infrastructure: the streets have potholes; the federal gas tax has not been increased since 1993; experts are quite sure we need a federal hike; the states have increased their own gas taxes; only misguided fears of a public backlash stand in the way.

Perry the Profligate

Rick Perry is one of the more disappointing of Trump’s cabinet secretaries. He once fashioned himself a conservative budget-cutter, but since becoming head of the Department of Energy (DOE), he has focused on defending subsidies rather than cutting anything.

Pearl Harbor Profligacy

A damaging divide in democracy is between the profusive promises of politicians and the pathetic performances of bureaucracies.

What Federal Spending to Cut?

Federal spending cuts are not a necessary evil needed to tackle deficits, but rather an opportunity to spur growth and expand freedom.

Government: High Subsidies, Low Satisfaction

The OECD has released results from a survey of 22,000 people in 21 countries regarding their views of government social programs.

Let’s Stop Bashing Billionaires

Are rich people idle “rentiers,” as economist Thomas Piketty calls them, who inherit wealth and add no social value?

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