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.
A new study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University indicates that ‘Medicare for All’ would cost $3 trillion per year. Sen. Bernie Sanders disagrees and says the study may be biased since the Mercatus Center is funded by the conservative Koch brothers.read more
Once again, independent voters reign supreme in the latest Gallup political party affiliation poll, compared to 30 percent who identify as Democrats and 26 percent as Republicans. So, where are the independents in Congress? Few and far between, and here’s why.read more
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed changes to Obama-era relief packages for students defrauded by for-profit colleges and left with no degrees and mountains of loan debt. DeVos has many connections to for-profit schools, and the proposed changes would not benefit students.read more
House Republicans have proposed a budget that includes repealing Obamacare and issuing massive cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, as well as to “mandatory spending” that includes veterans’ programs. It hurts all Americans, including supporters of President Trump.read more
While we were fixated on the humanitarian crisis at our southern border, the White House quietly released a proposal that would massively overhaul the federal government. While it’s framed as being good for America, the proposal actually harms more people than it helps.read more
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