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Google is Making Nice with the Trump Administration

 

As President-elect Trump prepares to take office, tech behemoth Google has changed course, now trying to align itself with the incoming Republican administration after backing Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Watchdog.org reported extensively last year on Google’s cozy relationship with the Obama administration, from a lobbyist’s frequent visits to the White House to […]

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How Marijuana Could Help Fight the Overdose Epidemic

 

Editors Note: This is part three in a five-part series on a new approach to the War on Drugs. This is a nuanced topic and we present the views here as a contribution to the conversation. You can read Part I here and Part II here. Seven states, which now include nearly 25 percent of the U.S. […]

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Wasteful Spending by Other Names

 

If confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Rep. Tom Price — as a former Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a practicing doctor — will bring a unique perspective that will help address the problem of wasteful government spending. Wasteful expenditures masquerade as “critical” government programs with important-sounding missions, and as […]

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President Trump Needs to Gut Regulations That Harm Effective Drug Policy

 

Support for President Trump is highly correlated with living in a region stricken by what are being called “deaths by despair”: skyrocketing rates of suicide, alcohol-related fatalities and most notably, relentlessly rising deaths from opioid overdose. These often-rural areas have been hit hard by job losses, with high unemployment and shredded social fabric. Not surprisingly, […]

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The ‘Price’ of Doing Business

 

As someone who ran his own business for many years, I am aware of the difference between cost and price, even if it is something that eludes many political leaders and more than a few businesspeople with their noses in the public trough. Cost is the expense that a business incurs in making a product […]

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Good Government Solution: Get Rid of Whole Departments

 

President Obama continues to be a busy little government beaver. He’s installing minions in all parts of the government that will have made and now, will continue to make, life hard for people. Via Watchdog’s Ashe Show, here’s an example: On Dec. 15, with just two months left in his term, President Barack Obama made […]

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Is Economics a Hard Science?

 

The disciplines we call the “hard sciences” such as chemistry and physics inhabit the cold, sterile world of laboratories, uncontaminated by a boundless assortment of potential impurities. Today, economics pretends to be one of the hard sciences, yet the laboratories provided by the real world are disorderly, even chaotic, insusceptible to sanitization and control. The […]

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Wake Up, Missouri Lawmakers — Seven New Year’s Resolutions

 

Wake up, Missouri lawmakers. It is me, the Ghost of a Christmas Yet-to-Come, who whispers in your ear this wintry night. I come not to frighten you (like the baleful ghost in Dickens’s tale) nor to load you down with unearned and therefore inconsequential and soon-to-be-forgotten gifts. Opportunity beckons. This is your chance to do […]

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Public Pension Defenders Make Naughty List A Who’s Who of Conservative Organizations

 

Editor’s Note: This piece is an ongoing investigative series in partnership with Watchdog.org’s state-level journalists. Pension budget woes beset nearly every state in the union and cities and municipalities are also being hit with unprecedented pension debt. Baby boomers are retiring. Some state and local budgets allocate more funds for pensions for retirees than they use […]

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The Conservatarian-American’s Wish List

 

It isn’t Christmas Day yet, much to the chagrin of impatient youngsters, but it’s already time for America to put together a wish list for Christmas 2017. Not for family, friends, or Santa, but for the new Congress that will soon arrive in Washington. By this time next year, they should have provided some valuable […]

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