Chris Edwards

Oregon O-Zone Oops!

Policymakers often enact programs for the needy but the benefits go mainly to businesses and special interests.

Pay for Federal Government Workers

With the backdrop of the shutdown and federal workers going unpaid, the New York Times published a backgrounder last week on federal compensation.

Winner and Loser States from Centralized Government

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

Another Hostage from the Federal Shutdown: Small Business

We are in the fourth week of the partial federal shutdown, which is starting to disrupt the broader economy because the government exerts control over many major industries.

Welfare Cowboy

The National Endowment for the Arts has given hundreds of thousands of dollars in subsidies to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering over the years.

Deregulation and Profits

Deregulation and profits are unpopular ideas in some quarters these days.

Government Octopus Threatens Economy

As the government shutdown drags on, it is starting to damage activities across the economy because federal tentacles are in everything.

Privatize to Mitigate Shutdown Damage

Political battles would not impact important activities if they were separated from the federal government.

Which States Provide High Quality Schools at Low Cost?

If you pay state and local taxes or have kids in public schools, you will want to check out this recent Cato study on education spending and education results.

Free Markets to Combat Climate Change

One of the concerns about climate change is that it may generate more natural disasters such as hurricanes and forest fires.

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