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Past articles by Jesse:

Want to end poverty? Promote capitalism, not socialism

“Can’t #endpoverty without ending capitalism,” claimed a recent post on Teen Vogue, an online-only media organ that's part of an empire estimated to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue each year. → Read More

There's no time like the present for Tax Reform 2.0

This summer, youth employment reached its highest rate since 1966, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly 55 percent of all individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 had a summer job, according to BLS. → Read More

Ending net neutrality will save the internet, not destroy it

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made the right move Thursday when it undid an Obama-era power grab commonly referred to as “net neutrality,” ending the agency’s micro-management of the internet. → Read More

Military Shouldn't Be Empowered to Draft People's Daughters – or Their Sons

A Pentagon report composed earlier in 2017 and obtained by reporters at The Washington Times in October makes a chilling recommendation: The federal government should enhance its power to conscript American citizens in wartime, all in the name of social justice. The Times’ Rowan Scarborough wrote that the “Report on the Purpose and Utility of Registration System for Military Selective Service”… → Read More

Kentucky Needs Pension Reform

Kentucky currently has one of the largest pension funding gaps of any U.S. state. According to credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s, Kentucky’s pension program is the most underfunded in the nation, with only 37.4 percent of the system’s current total obligations funded – far below the national median of 74.6 percent. According to a new government pension website created by Kentucky Gov.… → Read More

Brady's tax reform proposal could unleash America's economic engine

Now that a bill has been written, it’s up to Congress to finish the job and deliver the tax reform for which we’ve all been waiting. → Read More

Medicaid Expansion Is a Prescription for Disaster in Maine

In November, Maine residents will be confronted with a ballot question asking them to expand MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program, to cover additional recipients. If approved, this policy change... → Read More

Blog: Stopping Medicaid’s 'Pac-Man Doomsday'

In December 2009, as Congress debated whether to approve President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, U.S. Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) compared the Medicaid entitlement program as “the Pac-Man that gobbled up our state budget dollars,” consuming every other government program. Expanding the taxpayer-funded health care program to include individuals and families earning up to 133 percent of the… → Read More

Blog: 'Fair' wealth surcharges penalize hard work, success

Local lawmakers in Seattle, Washington and state lawmakers in Massachusetts are considering or have passed new surcharges on higher-income households in their jurisdictions, squeezing successful members of society even more in the name of "fairness." On June 14, Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers took another step toward asking voters in 2018 to approve a new wealth surcharge on… → Read More

Lawmakers can help stop IRS abuse of small business

One March morning in 2015, it all came crashing down. → Read More

Why aren’t we spending money for roads on roads?

Summer driving season is soon to kick into high gear, and many Americans are starting to think about that upcoming family road trip to the beach. Lost among all the planning and packing is a looming problem that’s probably not on their minds: how the government funds the construction and maintenance of the roads bringing eager families to vacation fun. For over 100 years, consumers filling up at… → Read More

Pump the brake on gas tax hikes to fund highways

OPINION | Reform of highway infrastructure fund would give consumers a summer break. → Read More

Dare to dream of a world without endless debt-ceiling hikes

OPINION | Such a notion is not as crazy as it may sound. → Read More

Reform Entitlements to Help People, Not Government

By reforming government-run entitlement programs, lawmakers can start reversing a decades-long trend of trapping people in poverty — causing harm in the name of providing help. States are already... → Read More

Occupational licensing reform gives more Americans a shot at success

OPINION | By eliminating restrictive policies on who is allowed to work in certain professions, lawmakers can help people get to work and achieve their dreams. → Read More

Congress Should Get Ready to ‘SCRUB’ Regulatory Rulebooks –

There are many silly days of observance scattered throughout the year, but one fake holiday presents a real, hidden message lawmakers in Washington should → Read More

Support for Irresponsible Spending Crosses Party Lines –

Many pundits covering the 2016 presidential race have expended much energy writing and speaking about the differences between Hillary Clinton and Donald Tr → Read More

Daniel Griswold: Globalization and Free Trade are Not Dirty Words

In this episode of the weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, managing editor and research fellow Jesse Hathaway is joined by Mercatus Center senior research fellow Daniel Griswold, talking about why “globalization” is not a dirty word, despite what politicians may be telling people this year. Over the past year or so, the word “free trade” has become something of a dirty word, with major… → Read More

Don't Regulate Pokemon GO

Apparently fulfilling the dreams of millions of American consumers, a smartphone application based on the popular video game franchise Pokmon was released last month, prompting millions of wannabe... → Read More

Free-Market Principles Should Guide Road-Funding Solutions

As Americans hit the road during summer driving season, one thing that’s probably not on their minds is how the maintenance of those roads gets funded. Over the past century, when consumers... → Read More