Veronique de Rugy is a contributing editor at Reason. She is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
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Many politicians offer a simplified view of the world—one in which government interventions are all benefits and no costs. That couldn't be further from the truth.
The legislation—which was introduced in response to the derailment in East Palestine, Ohio—pushes pet projects and would worsen the status quo.
Projections of huge savings are making the rounds. Nothing could be further from the truth.
You're 2,200 times more likely to die when traveling by car as opposed to by airplane.
The U.S. tax system is extremely progressive, even compared to European countries—whose governments rely on taxing the middle class.
The ideology champions the same tired policies that big government types predictably propose whenever they see something they don't like.
The longer we wait to address our debt, the more painful it will be.
Delayed payments will increase, and companies will respond by raising interest rates—or denying low-income applicants outright.
In 2019, discretionary spending was $1.338 trillion—or some $320 billion less than what Republicans want that side of the budget to be.
The main driver behind the reduction is inflation—inflation that politicians created with their irresponsible spending.
A responsible political class would significantly reform the organization. Instead, they will likely continue to give it more power.
In 10 years, the programs' funds will be insolvent. Over the next 30 years, they will run a $116 trillion shortfall.
Excessive government interference in the market hurts consumers and thwarts policy goals. It also gets in the way of the government itself.
It would result in shortages, decreases in productivity, and higher production costs affecting millions of American workers and nearly every consumer.
The higher taxes on small businesses and entrepreneurs could slow growth. Less opportunity means more tribalism and division.
Politicians say they want to subsidize various industries, but they sabotage themselves by weighing the policies down with rules that have nothing to do with the plans.
Politicians' go-to fixes like child tax credits and federal paid leave are known for creating disincentives to work without much impact on fertility.
As legislators refuse to act, benefits will be cut without any possibility of sheltering those seniors who are poor.
If you look closely, you'll find a lot of contradictions.
In 1950, there were more than 16 workers for every beneficiary. In 2035, that ratio will be only 2.3 workers per retiree.
Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are still the chief drivers of our future debt. But Republicans aren't touching them.
While some Republicans may have had misguided motivations, a few disrupted McCarthy's campaign in order to enact fiscal restraint. Their colleagues were fine with business as usual.
But partisans are having the wrong debate.
If lawmakers keep spending like they are, and if the Fed backs down from taming inflation, then the government may create a perfect storm.
The Congressional Budget Office projects that future deficits will explode. But there's a way out.
It's especially outrageous when considering the billions of dollars in fraud that took place thanks to COVID-19 relief programs.
The policy has some bipartisan support, despite the fact that it has mostly been a failure since its inception.
The biggest beneficiaries of economic growth are poor people. But the deepest case for economic growth is a moral one.
With government meddling, many farmers end up doing less with more, and people end up paying more for less.
If the midterms favor Republicans, their top priority needs to be the fight against inflation—whether or not they feel like they created the problem.
From immigration to drug reform, there is plenty of potential for productive compromise.
Businesses are all in favor of competition, tax cuts, and deregulation only until they aren't—meaning only until subsidies might benefit them.
Democrats pander to immigrants but do little to liberalize the system. Meanwhile, Republicans' hostility to immigrants has increased.
This fiscal irresponsibility throws gasoline on the country's already raging inflation fire.
Government should not penalize investment, thwart competition, discourage innovation and work, or obstruct production.
From student debt cancellation to green subsidies, the White House is giving handouts paid for by hardworking lower-wage Americans.
From cronyist subsidies to an unfair tax code, there are several key fixes Congress could make to better serve the public.