Size of Government
Myth: Americans think government spending has increased dramatically, especially under the Obama administration.
Fact: Government spending as a percentage of GDP has been remarkably stable since World War II and actually fell during the Obama administration.
Myth: Roughly half of Americans think the government should be run like a business.
Fact: Government and business have entirely different missions and methods of measuring performance.
It’s reasonable to be skeptical or even suspicious of government, but a large portion of Americans believe government is never a solution and only makes things worse. Many have no idea how the government borrows and creates money and assume it does nothing but destroy liberties and sap economic vitality through excessive taxation and “job-killing” regulations.
However, most economic data shows that those beliefs are not supported by facts.
George Orwell is most famous for his dystopian novels, 1984 and Animal Farm. But in the 1940s, Orwell also wrote about economics for a left-wing British newspaper, Tribune. And you might be surprised to find out he wasn’t wholeheartedly in favor of socialism over free-market capitalism.read more
President Trump has repeatedly stated that he’s been cleared of collusion charges and the Mueller investigation is a “witch hunt.” By spreading the story that collusion is a well-defined term and has been all along, the president is essentially rewriting the rules so he can’t lose.read more
“Limited government” and “small government” may sound alike, but they’re two different concepts. Limited government, as outlined by the U.S. Constitution, puts “constitutional limits on the power of rulers” to prevent monarchs or dictators from abusing their powers against the will of the people.read more
Progressive taxation is a concept first introduced in the 1780s by Thomas Jefferson. And until the 1980s, it was still seen as the best way to tighten the income gap between the wealthiest and poorest Americans. Looking back, Jefferson understood something important that we’ve lost track of today.read more
While individual Americans have no direct control over how their tax dollars are spent, it’s important to know where the money goes. It’s especially important to understand that any major increases, for example in defense spending, require cuts elsewhere.read more
Once upon a time, health insurance as we know it didn’t even exist. As medical knowledge and treatments evolved, so did the concept of health insurance.read more
Belief in a vast conspiracy to build a global totalitarian government with one economy, one language, one constitution, and one leader, is on the rise. Is this “new world order” a real thing, or are these beliefs based on misinformation and misinterpretation?read more
Democrats have taken the lion’s share of the blame when it comes to issues related to Obamacare. However, a close analysis reveals that Republicans are partially to blame as well. The future of health care is at the mercy of partisanship.read more
The history of executive orders is fraught. At their best, they are tools to handle national emergencies, and at their worst they represent a dangerous concentration of power in the hands of the president and the executive branch, undermining our system of checks and balances.read more
Big government isn’t necessarily all bad—but it’s not necessarily all good, either. We need to find a healthy, realistic mix that sees libertarianism, socialism, capitalism, and progressivism as tools to be used as needed to create a better future for all Americans, rather than subscribing to absolutist “all or nothing” ideologies.read more