Donald Devine

Donald Devine is a senior scholar at the Fund for American Studies, the author of America’s Way Back: Reclaiming Freedom, Tradition, and Constitution and Reagan’s Terrible Swift Sword, and served as Ronald Reagan’s director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management during his first term.

Ending Obamacare Is Easy: Just Ignore Congress


All Democrats and an odd coalition of very moderate and very conservative Republican Congressmen in effect voted that Obamacare was preferable to Trump-Ryan health reform. President Donald Trump was not pleased: “The best thing politically is to let Obamacare explode,” leaving it “totally the property of the Democrats.” When folks “get a 200 percent increase […]

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Conservatives Trapped in the Healthcare Swamp


No one said draining the swamp would be easy. Once a bureaucratic monstrosity becomes law and distorts normal human choice and rationality, it is hard to break free from the quagmire. Speaker Paul Ryan and the House of Representatives leadership have offered a “replace Obamacare” plan that has been attacked from every side and is […]

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Trump Cabinet Science-Denial or Scientific Skepticism?


One shocking claim has dominated the nomination battles for Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointees, from Science magazine, Mother Jones, and mainstream media to constant invective from Democratic senators — the candidates are science deniers! The idea that people will not accept the findings of science drives a certain class of self-described intellectuals crazy. Even those who […]

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Bureaucracy Freeze or Bureaucracy Frozen?


President Donald Trump has taken his first serious step to drain the swamp by placing a freeze on new federal government hiring. How deep does the draining go? His executive order applies to all civilian government entities, but agency heads can choose to exempt positions with “national security or public safety responsibilities,” presumably exempting large […]

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Fragile Freedom


In creating “freedom watch,” the editors planned to keep examining a theme that deeply concerned Ronald Reagan throughout his life. He expressed it often — in the 1967 speech that inspired the column, in a 1981 address as he assumed the presidency — and I even heard him repeat the same words in 1985, to […]

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