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Special Interest Tax Breaks Highlight Problems In Federal Tax Code

December 16, 2013 J

By Wesley Coopersmith In his influential book The Rise and Decline of Nations, Yale University economist Mancur Olson explores the reasons why once-prosperous countries fall into economic stagnation and ultimately collapse. Journalist Jonathan Rauch built upon Olson’s theory, explaining that wealthy countries decline when their society ceases creative production and instead turns to government lobbying and rent-seeking. When […]

The Economic Follies of Extending Unemployment Insurance

December 13, 2013 J

By Casey Given In an interesting twist to Congress’ ongoing budget negotiations for the 2014 fiscal year, President Obama called on Capitol Hill last Saturday to extend federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefits set to expire January 1st. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi went so far as to call for no budget deal without unemployment benefits at one […]

SNAP Program And It’s Overwhelming Abuse

December 03, 2013 J,

by Brittany Shaddix   In the 2012 fiscal year, nearly $75 billion dollars was spent to provide over 47 million Americans assistance under the federal food stamp program- the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. With so many Americans out of work and struggling to make ends meet, this program can help ensure that many […]

AFP-Alaska Responds to Begich Surrogates

December 03, 2013

Today Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest grassroots advocate for healthcare freedom, issued the following statement in response to State Senator Hollis French and Rep. Les Gara’s announcement of a rally and press availability to defend Senator Begich. AFP President Tim Phillips said, “Senator Begich and his surrogates are proving to be incredibly tone deaf […]