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.


Dec 22, 2015

U.S. Third Quarter GDP at a Glance — Slow Growth Defining Obama’s Economic Legacy

Today, the Department of Commerce announced the U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.0 percent during the third quarter of 2015. This is the third and final report…

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Nov 06, 2015

President Obama Stops Thousands of Jobs with the Stroke of a Pen

Today, President Obama stated that he would once again block the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Unfortunately for hard-working Americans, this should come as no surprise. President Obama had already…

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Nov 03, 2015

Highway Amendment Would Stop Onerous Mandates on Trucking Industry

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider amendments to the federal highway funding reauthorization bill, otherwise known as the “DRIVE Act” (H.R. 22). Among the amendments under consideration…

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Oct 13, 2015

Startups Creating 50% Fewer Jobs

Despite claims by President Obama that “we’ve recovered faster and come farther than almost any other advanced country on Earth,” evidence continues to show that big-government policies are hurting the…

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Sep 21, 2015

Government Grows. Incomes Decline.

Despite massive government spending, household income is still 6.5 percent below pre-recession levels. Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that in 2014, real median household income fell to…

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Sep 17, 2015

New Rules Could Cripple Struggling Mining Industry

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released updated employment numbers for September, and while the vast majority of media attention focused on the increased number of advertised jobs, a critical finding of the…

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