Opportunity for the Disadvantaged

Too many government policies have created barriers to economic opportunity in America, especially for the most disadvantaged. Consider the following:

  • Since 1980 federal spending on education has soared, but educational outcomes have remained stagnant, in large part because parents are forced to keep their children in underperforming schools.
  • The onslaught in recent decades of new criminal laws and mandatory minimum prison sentences for non-violent crimes has produced an explosion in the U.S. prison population, which often prevents offenders from finding meaningful opportunities upon their release.

It is impossible to expect strong economic growth and individual well-being while government policies are failing so many Americans. Increasing school choice and reforming the criminal justice system will create opportunities for millions of people.


May 05, 2017

Putting U.S. Employment Numbers in Context – April 2017

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for April 2017 was 4.4 percent and that the economy added 211,000 jobs. Today marks the fourth…

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Apr 28, 2017

2017 Q1: Economy Grew At A 0.7 Percent Rate, Weakest Growth In Three Years

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released its first estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter 2017, announcing that the U.S. economy expanded at an annualized rate…

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Apr 27, 2017

Venezuelan Tells How Socialism “Literally Destroyed the Fabric of the Country.”

Imagine standing for hours in grocery store lines, waiting for food you know isn’t there. Or lying in a hospital bed, hoping for basic medical care you know you’ll never…

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Apr 07, 2017

Putting U.S. Employment Numbers in Context – March 2017

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for March 2017 was 4.5 percent and that the economy added a meager 98,000 jobs. Today marks…

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Mar 29, 2017

ICYMI: How Trump and Congress Can Manage an Aggressive Agenda

It’s no secret the American people have lost faith in the ability of Washington lawmakers to enact policies that help people improve their lives. Many voters believed Donald Trump could change…

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Mar 21, 2017

Barron’s: “Kill the Border Tax Before it Kills Us”

The tax code is “littered with hundreds of preferences and subsidies that pick winners and losers” and “direct resources to politically favored interests,” says the “Better Way” statement for tax reform authored…

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Mar 10, 2017

Putting U.S. Employment Numbers in Context – February 2017

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for February 2017 was 4.7 percent and that the economy added 235,000 jobs. Today marks the second…

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Feb 28, 2017

2016 Preliminary Release: Obama Presides Over Slowest Economic Growth Since Eisenhower (1.4%)

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released its second estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for the fourth quarter of 2016, announcing that the U.S. economy expanded at an annualized…

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Feb 15, 2017

Looking Back on Obama’s Economic Legacy

To ensure a better future, we must learn from the past. And, what better time than now, in the infancy of Trump’s presidency, to look back on the mistakes of the…

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Feb 03, 2017

Trillion-Dollar “Border Adjustment” Tax Increase Is Bad Politics, Even Worse Policy For American Consumers & The Economy

There are many components of pro-growth tax reform on which fiscal conservatives and free-market advocates can agree. Lowering rates across the board, broadening the base, and a simpler and flatter…

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