Political Preferences and Public Policy

– January 24, 2022

“Citizens and voters have less influence over public policy than a romantic notion of democracy would suggest. The political elite tells voters what to think, and they fall in line behind their leaders.” ~ Randall G. Holcombe


Institutions, Incentives, and the Impending Death of the Senate Filibuster

– January 14, 2022

“If the old rules failed to function as intended, there would be more justification for junking the filibuster altogether. That would be a sad day for the republic, but at least we would have tried to save it.” ~ James E. Hanley


Resolving to Reduce Policy Failures

– January 9, 2022

“Each of these issues–underselling self-government while overselling the state, lax language, numbers you can’t count on, combined with erroneous logic–put public policy on a path toward failure.” ~ Gary M. Galles


A Path Forward in Policing in 2022

– January 6, 2022

“May 2022 be the year we finally lean into law enforcement as a collaborative and complex undertaking that requires an investment in meaningful engagement.” ~ Rev. Markel Hutchins


The Shady Side of Student Loan Forgiveness

– December 10, 2021

“There are better solutions to address this debt than pushing the burden into taxpayers through loan forgiveness schemes. Instead, policymakers should address the rapidly rising costs of college by closing the loopholes within Borrower to Defense Repayment.” ~ Elizabeth Hicks


Democrats’ Minimum Tax Proposal Won’t Force Amazon to Pay More In Taxes

– November 12, 2021

“A domestic minimum tax is not good for America. Legislators should find it a plot in the ever-growing graveyard of bad Democratic tax proposals.” ~ Travis Nix


Can You Even Be An “Informed” Citizen?

– October 10, 2021

“The issues we’re considering are far, far more complex than you can fit on a bumper sticker, and this suggests that we would do better to move things into the commercial sphere rather than the political sphere.” ~ Art Carden


The Great Barrington Declaration One Year On

– October 5, 2021

“Because science has been so completely politicized, it will take years longer to arrive at the truth than would have otherwise been the case. Here, we are left to offer advice with a nearly 2,500-year track record: First, do no harm.” ~ Phillip W. Magness & James R. Harrigan


Behind Seemingly ‘Objective’ Statistics

– October 5, 2021

“The seemingly objective and straightforward reality is, in fact, a distorted reality. Government policy based upon such a distorted understanding of reality is likely to worsen the true reality.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux


People Have Few Protections Against Law Enforcement Civil Asset Forfeiture Practices

– October 1, 2021

“It doesn’t have to be this way. A few states – Maine, Nebraska, North Carolina, and New Mexico – have abolished civil forfeiture entirely. Perhaps more states will someday pass reforms to protect the property of their citizens.” ~ Dan Greenberg


Fumento Misdiagnoses Remdesivir

– September 30, 2021

“Remdesivir gives a story of the triumph of innovation during a difficult period. The lesson we should take away is not ‘Do something, anything,’ it is to get government out of the way so we can find solutions.” ~ Raymond J. March


Opportunity Costs and the Economic Impact Report: They Didn’t See That Coming

– September 19, 2021

“Good reporting helps people because they intuitively understand cost overruns are bad. What would also help people are more council members and commissioners who know to ask about what is not seen: opportunity costs.” ~ Jon Sanders