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America Needs A Limited-Government Populist For President‏
Investor's Business Daily, September 2, 2015
By Ernest S. Christian

The American people are being badly hurt by too much big government forced on them by President Obama and the Democrats in Congress. The remedy is to elect a new president of the limited-government populist variety.

Obama's Nuke Deal Enriches Terrorist Iran, Ensures A Bomb‏
Investor's Business Daily, July 31, 2015
By Ernest S. Christian

The nuclear bomb deal that President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry have made with the terrorist regime in Iran, and which they and Ayatollah Khamenei are now trying to force on the civilized world, is pure unadulterated applesauce.

Ernest S. Christian Statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means on Tax Reform and the U.S. Manufacturing Sector
July 26, 2012
By Ernest S. Christian

Changes in tax rates and capital cost recovery allowances both have profound effects -- for good or ill -- on manufacturing's key role in job creation.

Will Liberty Suffer For Years To Come Under A 'Roberts Court'?
Investor's Business Daily, July 3, 2012
By Ernest S. Christian
Roberts extended himself greatly to save ObamaCare with a tax-based opinion that, while electrifying in its conclusion, is uncertain in language and lacking in the compelling legal analytics normally expected.

Hatch Would Be Lodestar In New Senate Firmament
Investor's Business Daily, February 1, 2012
By Ernest S. Christian
If Republicans do gain enough additional Senate seats to proceed with restoring the American Dream, a vital ingredient will be the reelection of Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.

Comparisons Of Obama To Carter Are Inapt And Unfair (To Carter)
Investor's Business Daily, January 6, 2010
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
Jimmy Carter was not the greatest, but he wasn't the worst president America has had. Barack Obama is so far winning the race to the bottom.

Why Do We Put Our Lives In The Hands Of Those Whose Failures Are Manifest?
Investor's Business Daily, January 5, 2010
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
The politicians we put in charge of our lives and livelihoods are by no means the best and brightest people among us. Typically they are meddlesome by nature and given to high-risk experimentations, using us like guinea pigs.

Honor Heroes by Rescuing Their Country
Investor's Business Daily, December 1, 2009
By Ernest S. Christian
The politicians in Washington - Democrats and Republicans alike - seem intent on dishonoring the sacrifice made by Sergeant Cartwright and more than 600,000 American patriots in graves scattered all around the world.

SOS: Judd Gregg Calls for Federal Budget Reform
Tax Policy Wire, July 27, 2006
By Maya MacGuineas
Senator Gregg, Chairman of the Budget Committee, recently introduced a far-reaching budget reform bill, the purpose of which is to force action on many of the important fiscal issues Congress would rather sidestep.

Supply Side: Don't Know Much About History…
The Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2006
By Stephen Moore
Like moths attracted to a bug zapper, the White House and many congressional Republicans now want to negotiate a blockbuster budget deal to tackle the stampeding cost of entitlements.

The Never-Ending Dilemma Over Medicare and Social Security
USA Today Magazine, May 2006
By Murray Weidenbaum
To summarize a great amount of professional research and writing on the subject of financing Medicare and health care, there are no simple or straightforward answers.

Tax Cuts Caused Economic Growth
Tax Policy Wire, April 25, 2006
By Diana Furchtgott-Roth
The tax cuts that Congress adopted were instrumental in stimulating the economy after the recession and increasing tax receipts. At a time when global growth was practically stagnant, the U.S. economy was the world's engine of growth.

The WTO as Tax Nanny
CSTR's Tax Policy Wire, April 25, 2006
By Gary Clyde Hufbauer
In a recent paper published by the WTO examined "The WTO and Direct Taxation". The paper makes interesting reading, both for its summary of the WTO's role as creeping regulator of direct taxation and for its discussion of the anachronistic distinction between direct and indirect taxation.

A Lot Is Riding On Lower Tax On Investment
Investor's Business Daily, March 17, 2006
By Bill Archer

Passed in 2003, the dividend tax rate reduction expires at the end of 2008. Unless Congress moves to extend it, we may all miss out on a benefit that puts more money in our bank accounts, allows companies to grow and creates jobs.

Economic Benefits of Extending the Fifteen Percent Tax Rate on Dividends and Capital Gains
and the Other Pro-Growth Elements of the 2001 and 2003 Tax Acts

Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation, March 14, 2006
By Stephen J. Entin
A paper presented at the U.S. Treasury Conference on March 14, 2006.

Expensing of Capital Assets is Important for Tax Simplification and U.S. Competitiveness
Tax Policy Wire, March 13, 2006

By Cliff Jernigan
CRAG members plan to continue legislative efforts for the expensing of capital assets. Expensing will aid in tax simplification and in a reduction of record-keeping and IRS audit time.

Comments on JCT Efforts To Model Dynamic Economic and Budget Effects Of Fiscal Policy Changes
Institute For Research On the Economics of Taxation, March 2006
By Stephen J. Entin
The U.S. economy is part of the world economy. Capital flows very freely across borders, and even labor is somewhat free to move about. The model should clearly reflect this reality.

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