Politico Magazine: Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy Is a Mess

Politico Magazine: Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy Is a Mess

If the Crimea crisis has revealed flaws in President Barack Obama’s passive “realism,” it has also exposed the utter incoherence of Rand Paul’s foreign policy—which,... More »
Thanks To Bill Clinton, We Don’t Regulate The Internet Like A Public Utility

Thanks To Bill Clinton, We Don’t Regulate The Internet Like A Public Utility

A DC federal court struck down the FCC’s “net neutrality” regulations earlier this year, but did nothing to resolve an ongoing debate over whether or... More »
Infrastructure Investment and Economic Growth: Surveying New Post-Crisis Evidence

Infrastructure Investment and Economic Growth: Surveying New Post-Crisis Evidence

Does an increase in government spending create or destroy private sector jobs? Or more particularly, does additional spending on infrastructure—fixing existing roads and bridges, or... More »
How Do Tea Parties End?

How Do Tea Parties End?

Just how close is the Tea Party to its demise? Last week, Fox News didn’t even bother airing the group’s official response to Barack Obama’s... More »

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Final Obamacare Open Enrollment Numbers, Polls Versus Approval Ratings, and the Anti-democratic Sentiments of “Constitutional Conservatism”

A cats-and-dogs sort of day for political news, mostly “behind the headlines.” 1. Final figures for first “open enrollment” period for Obamacare exchanges: over 8…

Health Care Cost Spiral Worries Return, Mitt Romney Back in Idaho, and the Real and Phony GOP “Civil Wars”

A quiet day so far with some occasional political goodies “behind the headlines.” 1. Very good and somewhat alarming Sarah Kliff backgrounder on possible resumption…

Uncluttering State Tax Systems

Over the last week, as you’ve raced to file your taxes by the deadline today, you’ve no doubt been bombarded on talk radio, cable TV,…

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Uncluttering State Tax Systems

Over the last week, as you’ve raced to file your taxes by the deadline today, you’ve no doubt been bombarded on talk radio, cable TV,…

Keystone Pipeline: Important Debate for Yesterday

Listening to the Republicans in Congress, one might think that the Keystone XL pipeline is the biggest energy issue facing the country today and that...

Bringing U.S. Energy Policy Into the 21st Century

U.S. lawmakers don’t drive around in 1970s-era cars, yet they don’t seem to mind energy policies that are equally out of date. Attempts to export...

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The Hill: Don’t reform the tax code on the backs of over-taxed energy producers

William F. Shughart II, writing for the Hill, referenced an observation made by the Progressive Policy Institute that major U.S. energy companies are “Investment Heroes.”…

USA Today: Mortgage reform roils Washington

USA Today‘s Darrell Delamaide quoted PPI’s Jason Gold on GSE reform. He recalled the debate over the future of the two government-controlled entities that back…

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The State Tax Complexity Index: A New Tool for Tax Reform and Simplification

Across the political spectrum there is broad agreement that tax reform is long overdue. Yet reform remains an elusive goal—not just in Washington, but also…

A Brief History of Internet Regulation

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Proposals to regulate the Internet are often presented as “new” solutions to deal with modern problems, but the most significant of these proposals,…

Infrastructure Investment and Economic Growth: Surveying New Post-Crisis Evidence

Does an increase in government spending create or destroy private sector jobs? Or more particularly, does additional spending on infrastructure—fixing existing roads and bridges, or…

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Mandel Speaks at All Things Connected Washington Post event

Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute, described the Internet of Things as the “extension of the Internet to the physical world….

The Need to Support Business Investment

Here’s the situation: Fundamentally, investment is what drives productivity and growth. Unfortunately, more than six years after the Great Recession started, business investment is still…