Publications Archive for All
Jul 31, 2011
Minnesotans have just emerged from an unprecedented state government shutdown. We're so preoccupied with the battle we've endured that we may not be paying much attention to the knock-down-drag-out next door in Wisconsin.
Jul 28, 2011
The following are remarkably insightful first impressions of the military and political situation in Afghanistan by Army Capt. Pete Hegseth, a Minnesota native from Forest Lake—and I’m very pleased to announce, a newly named American Experiment Senior Fellow.
Jul 18, 2011
A reasonable reading of the following 34 brief essays in American Experiment’s newest symposium—What Governmental Services and Benefits Are You Personally Willing to Give Up?—suggests that more Americans than generally assumed may be seriously willing to sacrifice when it comes to major entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. In the interest of balancing the nation’s skewed books, the columns similarly suggest that more people than routinely thought may be willing to forgo various exemptions and other tax breaks, including near-sacred deductions on home mortgage payments.
Jul 14, 2011
Top earners have more incentive to move from Minnesota to a lower tax state in 2010 than they did throughout the high-tax decade of the 1970s. Just as important, they have a stronger disincentive to move to Minnesota from a low-tax state today.
Jul 4, 2011
In 1926, on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, one of our most ridiculed and misunderstood presidents journeyed to Philadelphia to deliver a speech. The president was Calvin Coolidge. "Silent Cal" was known as a man of few words, but some of the words he did utter remain well worth our time and thought. Still others deserve to be put in context.
Jun 27, 2011
Don’t look now, but the fiscal mountain blocking our path is rockier than usually advertised. Why? Because even if House Budget chairman Paul Ryan prevails on every contentious detail of his long-term plan for prosperity, family fragmentation—more severe in the United States than in any other industrialized nation—will make it more difficult than generally assumed to balance our books.
Jun 24, 2011
While job growth and fairness are two key policy goals of Gov. Mark Dayton, his tax proposal hurts the job prospects of the very people he intends to help without ever creating a "fairer" distribution of income.
Jun 18, 2011
Evidence is growing that the American economy—and with it, the hopes, dreams and livelihoods of millions of our fellow citizens—is stuck in an increasingly disastrous slump. Two years after the recession formally ended, long-term unemployment is at the highest level since the Great Depression, and the unemployment rate hovers around 9 percent.
Jun 16, 2011
This essay focuses on how free market conservatives should address the problem Gov. Mitch Daniels has identified as the “new Red Menace” during the present period of divided government.
Jun 5, 2011
Recently, Minnesotans have been getting a story line about our state's budget impasse that runs like this: Mean-spirited, extremist Republicans in the Legislature are taking a cleaver to the budget. They're chopping vital services and callously shrugging off the needs of Minnesotans.