VOTER POWER

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.

Principles of Democracy: Limited Government

Principles of Democracy: Limited Government

“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.

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Thomas Jefferson Invented Progressive Taxation

Thomas Jefferson Invented Progressive Taxation

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.

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Executive Orders and Big Government

Executive Orders and Big Government

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.

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Do We Live in an Era of Big Government?

Do We Live in an Era of Big Government?

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.

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