Veronique de Rugy

Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.


Tariffs Stuck on the Spin Cycle


(Debra Saunders is off this week.) American firms cheering for protectionism in the form of tariffs on their foreign competitors should be careful what they wish for. As they say, “What goes around comes around.” Case in point: The American washer and dryer manufacturer Whirlpool Corp. Last January, the Trump administration imposed a penalty on […]

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Flying the Fairer Skies?


Debra Saunders is off this week. The following column is by Veronique de Rugy. Consumers have benefited for decades from the presence of Open Skies agreements that lessen government interference in the market for international air travel. Now, a coalition of the big three U.S. airlines — Delta Airlines, American Airlines, and United Airlines — […]

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A Holiday Recipe for Government Growth


(Debra Saunders is off today. The following column is by Veronique De Rugy.) Economic research shows that the corporate tax is harmful to workers’ wages and overall economic growth. If left to their own devices, politicians still wouldn’t be likely to reduce or eliminate the destructive tax. They only act when tax competition — whereby […]

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Internet Gambling and the 10th Amendment


Many on the left have taken Donald Trump’s surprise victory poorly, responding with considerable hand-wringing and emotional outbursts. Instead of simply focusing on the many evils that they anticipate will take place under President Trump, they would do well to look in the mirror and recognize that there would be far less cause for concern […]

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For Disaster Recovery, the Best Knowledge Is Local Knowledge


As residents all along the Southeastern coast start to put their lives back together after a devastating visit by Hurricane Matthew, these communities will face unique challenges. Not surprisingly, the calls for billions of dollars in federal government aid are already coming out loud and clear. In states affected by storms, government is often thought […]

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Job-Killing Red Tape for Thee, Not for Me


If you think that all members of Congress have to comply with all of the laws that we common citizens have to obey, think again. Over the years, Congress has passed thousands of bills and statutes that dictate how we should or shouldn’t live our lives, but its members often fail to comply with these […]

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A Clear-Eyed View of the Contact Lens Debate


Editor’s Note: Debra J. Saunders is off. The following column is by Veronique de Rugy. The intensity with which some American companies try to use the government to trick or deceive consumers is astonishing. Yet the extent to which lawmakers seem content to cater to these crony pursuits never disappoints, either. Case in point: the […]

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Reform, Replace, Restart, or Innovate?


Editor’s Note: Debra J. Saunders is off. The following column is by Veronique de Rugy. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker recently released his replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act and jump-started the presidential debate about how to wind down Obamacare. In his book Overcoming Obamacare, the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein catalogs the three main schools […]

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The Known and Unknown of the Ex-Im Bank


(Editor’s Note: Debra J. Saunders is off. The following column is by Veronique de Rugy.) Have you noticed that everyone in the top tier of Republican presidential candidates — Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, and Jeb Bush — has gone on record against a small New Deal-era crony agency called the Export-Import […]

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