Chris Edwards

Earmark Supporters Should Run for Local Office

If you are interested in national issues such as defense, foreign policy, and trade, and want to hold public office, you should run for Congress. If you are interested in roads, beaches, subways, and policing, you should run for city council or the state legislature.

Privatizing Federal Grazing Lands

The federal government owns 640 million acres of land—mainly in the West—which is 28 percent of land in the United States.

Federal Gas Tax Increase Misguided

The Trump administration will release its long-waited infrastructure plan in coming weeks. The plan is expected to include $200 billion over 10 years of federal funding

Year of Federal Spending Cuts, 2018

As an optimist, and I hereby proclaim 2018 “Year of Federal Spending Cuts.”

Corporate Welfare Absurdity

The economy is growing strongly, and yet one of the highest-income states is dishing out “economic development” subsidies to a big, profitable company in one of the nation’s wealthiest counties.

Matt Damon in Downsizing

The new science fiction movie Downsizing with Matt Damon opens at theaters this week. Here is an idea for Downsizing 2.

Food Stamp Reform in 2018?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is one of the costliest welfare programs at about $70 billion a year. Not only is it costly, but a large share of the benefits are not used as intended.

Federal Fumbles and Failures

The federal government has suffered from wasteful spending since the beginning.

Government Databases, Enough Already!

A headline today in the Washington Post is “Voter Database Alarms Experts.”

High Cost of Government Housing

In our recent study on the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), Vanessa Brown Calder and I discussed how subsidized housing projects usually cost more than market-based ones.


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