Main St. Agenda

  • Playing Soldier in the Suburbs

    While many libertarians want to take criminal-justice reform too far, there’s no reason why the Department of Homeland Security should be outfitting local police forces like military combat units.

    New York Times, August 16, 2014
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    A Conversation Between Bill Kristol and Yuval Levin

    Bill Kristol talks with Yuval Levin about reform-minded conservatism, working in the White House, Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine, and the nature of a genuine education.

    The Foundation for Constitutional Government, August 2014
  • It’s Time for Conservatives to Stop Defending Police

    The abuse of executive power isn’t limited to the Obama administration.

    National Review, July 21, 2014
  • Big Business: Lapdog of the Left

    As the battle over the Ex-Im Bank shows, conservative populism wants to limit government and keep it from favoring big business, while liberal populism wants to expand government and let it both command and feed big business.

    Real Clear Politics, July 23, 2014
  • GOP Should Stop Avoiding Payroll Tax Reform

    Entitlement programs rely on people having children even as they disincentive their having children—and a payroll tax cut for parents might be a better way to address this than an increased child tax credit, as the former would lower parents’ marginal rates and thus encourage growth.

    e21, July 9, 2014
  • With Corporate Welfare, There’s No ‘Trickle Down’

    By giving companies perverse incentives to court government favors rather than compete for customers’ business, cronyism doesn’t cause economic growth or create jobs—it does the opposite.

    Real Clear Markets, July 7, 2014
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    The Crony Capital

    By taking a firm stand against corporate welfare and bailouts, conservatives can prove they are the real advocates of everyday Americans.

    The Weekly Standard, June 23, 2014
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    The President’s Coming to Town on Your Dime

    President Obama’s frequent junkets to attend partisan fundraisers at extravagant taxpayer expense call out for the branch that controls the purse to rein in such lavish travel.

    Zócalo Public Square, June 14, 2014
  • Voters vs. Leaders

    As last week’s upset in Virginia shows, voters want GOP leaders to champion policies on behalf of the typical person on Main Street, not well-connected entities on Wall Street.

    The Weekly Standard, June 23, 2014
  • PAYGO Begone

    The PAYGO system, which requires Congress to balance or “pay for” anything that is scored as a deficit-increasing measure, actually creates perverse incentives, lets politicians game the system, and makes it harder to control runaway entitlement spending.

    The Weekly Standard, June 16, 2014
  • The Real Story Behind the Small Business the Export-Import Bank Claims It Built

    The Export-Import Bank’s version of its favorite small-business success story, Miss Jenny’s Pickles, turns out to be a rather tall tale since the company was already broadly successful by the time Ex-Im “discovered” it.

    Daily Signal, June 4, 2014
  • Recovering the Wisdom of the Constitution

    Although it is often forgotten or overlooked, what conservatism chiefly means in America is “the conservation of our political inheritance from the Founders,” and conservative policies should be crafted in that spirit.

    YG Network
  • The EPA as Super-Legislature

    The EPA’s latest decrees are set to raise Americans’ energy prices while possibly increasing worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, but most troubling is the agency’s exercise of power that is plainly legislative in nature, despite the Constitution’s having vested all federal legislative power in Congress.

    National Review, June 2, 2014
  • Regulations Cost Your Family $15,000 a Year

    The federal regulatory state—now the size of the 10th largest economy in the world—continues to grow unchecked, undermining the prosperity of Main St. Americans.

    Real Clear Policy, June 2, 2014