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Veronique de Rugy
Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
by | Aug 22, 2019

The U.S. government’s debt — that is, ours and our children’s debt as taxpayers — is growing. This growth is largely driven by rising Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid obligations. These are the programs Congress could focus on and work…

by | Aug 15, 2019

When it comes to trade policy, President Donald Trump and his adviser Peter Navarro provide endless examples of incoherent economic thinking. They regularly claim that X is true, and then in the next breath, they assert that not-X is also…

by | Aug 8, 2019

What do the French digital services tax, the employers’ share of payroll taxes, and the corporate income tax all have in common? They are rarely shouldered by those entities and individuals targeted by legislators. In fact, one of the most…

by | Aug 1, 2019

There are no valid free-market arguments for a nationwide, one-size-fits-all federal plan to provide paid leave. But should experimentation with this policy be off-limits to states? The beauty of a federalist system is that states can experiment and innovate with…

by | Jul 26, 2019

This year, the deficit will end up being the fourth highest in U.S. history. It’s gigantic, and it will hit a little over $1 trillion by the end of the fiscal year. It’s also larger than previously projected. And it’s…

by | Jul 18, 2019

When he testified before Congress last week, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell made an interesting comment: “We don’t have any basis or any evidence for calling this a hot labor market.” He added that “to call something hot, you…

by | Jul 11, 2019

It has always puzzled me that anyone would believe that protecting the U.S. market with tariffs is a good idea. Yes, U.S. consumers might increase their demand for domestic goods because duties on imported foreign goods make them relatively more…

by | Jul 5, 2019

President Donald Trump likes to keep score. Well, here’s a score for him: America, zero, while the rest of the world keeps tallying up free trade points. That’s right: while American consumers have been waiting for well over a year…

by | Jun 27, 2019

When I was pregnant with my first child 16 years ago, I asked my doctor how much it would cost to pay for the birth out-of-pocket. He had no clue. The truth of the matter is that in most cases,…

by | Jun 20, 2019

“The more things change, the more they stay the same” is the best way to describe the lack of original thinking that is prevalent in politics. Take the recent resurgence of calls from politicians on both sides of the aisle…

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