Michael Tanner

Posted October 26, 2014

One can go all the way back to Hillarycare in the 1990s, when the Big Five insurance companies at the time (Travelers, Aetna, Cigna, Metropolitan Life, and Prudential, in addition to Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans) were part of the secret White House task force that helped Clinton draft her version of government-run health care.

Posted October 19, 2014

The NIHs budget has increased from $29 billion in 2007 to $30 billion this year.

Posted October 13, 2014

Use of a continuing resolution did serve one useful function as far as Congress is concerned. It protected members from having to vote on contentious issues shortly before an election.

Posted October 12, 2014

Of particular concern, the soundness of our money continues to erode. As recently as 2005, we were an unsurprising number one. Today, after years of quantitative easing, weve slipped to 38th.

Posted October 06, 2014

Recently released surveys from Federal Reserve Banks in New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta confirmed that businesses are cutting employment and shifting workers to part-time positions because of ObamaCare.

Posted August 03, 2014

In the face of this undeniable crisis, proposals to give future seniors more choice of Medicare plans or to allow younger workers to privately invest a portion of their Social Security taxes through personal accounts hardly look radical.

Posted June 16, 2014

If we should know anything by now, it’s that government does a terrible job of running a health care system.

Posted May 26, 2014

Former Polish deputy prime minister and finance minister Leszek Balcerowicz, will be honored with the Cato Institute’s biennial Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty.

Posted May 18, 2014

Posted May 05, 2014

Posted April 28, 2014

I do not think conspiracy is the answer, but the real reason for this Census change is just as troubling, if not more so: incompetence.

Posted April 13, 2014

But beyond the debate over top-line numbers, there remains something troubling about the administration’s celebration of “success,” for the Affordable Care Act will dramatically expand Americans’ dependence on government.

Posted April 07, 2014

Perhaps all of this is one reason why so many politicians feel entitled to run our lives. They simply see themselves as following in the footsteps of their kingly progenitors, endowed with the divine right to rule.

Posted April 06, 2014

Another Bush v. another Clinton? Maybe we should just pin on white or red roses and join the Yorkists or the Lancastrians.

Posted January 10, 2014

Examples of the failures of government, large and small, are pretty easy to come by. Solyndra, the Iraq War, the response to Hurricane Katrina, Obamcare: Take your pick. But in terms of both wasted money and human suffering, it’s hard to find a more egregious government failure than the War on Poverty.

Posted January 05, 2014

This year mark’s the 50th anniversary of Democrats’ declaration of a War on Poverty. Ironically, it seems as if President Obama and congressional Democrats have decided to mark the occasion by declaring a war on the poor.

Posted December 28, 2013

As this session of the 113th Congress draws to a merciful close, much of the punditry has picked up on the refrain that this is the “most unproductive Congress in history.” Indeed, this Congress has passed just 28 bills, easily eclipsing the previous record for inactivity set by Congress in 2012.

Posted December 26, 2013

Welfare advocates regularly urge Americans to look to the European welfare state as a model. At least in the case of the Netherlands, they might be on to something.