Economy & Budget

Federal and state threats to small businesses

The small businesses in my congressional district consistently ask me to make the federal government’s policies more like Colorado’s. The pro-growth policies in this state have made it one of the best for small businesses in the...

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Entrepreneurs versus regulators

Every election cycle rekindles private sector complaints about excessive Washington regulation. This year, a businessman as presidential candidate adds fuel to the customary fire. Yet, ever since the SEC failed to rein in the creativity...

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Where have all the small banks gone?

Eight years ago, employment numbers were in freefall. The housing bubble burst, and Americans witnessed the federal takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the collapse of the financial services firm Lehman Brothers, and the...

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Twenty years after welfare reform, the path ahead

Twenty years ago, Republicans successfully concluded a multi-year, national effort to reform America’s cash welfare program. The reform was based on one simple idea: the best way to change lives and help people out of poverty is a job.

The...

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MIA at the FCC

When chief economist Tim Brennan left the FCC earlier this year, he remarked that the net neutrality rules passed by his former agency were an ...
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Tax reform in 2017—the basics

Will Rogers once said, “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.” 

Will Rogers has a point. By large majorities, American...

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Saving the Boomer's Social Security

Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), who is retiring after six years in office, has decided it is time to touch the 3rd rail of politics – Social Security. He introduced the legislation “Save Our Social Security” Act (...

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Celebrating 20 years of successful welfare reform

Aug. 22 marks the 20th anniversary of President Bill Clinton and congressional Republicans’ bipartisan Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA). This landmark welfare reform law substantially changed...

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