WSJ: Government Can’t Rescue the Poor

Federal programs have reduced material poverty at the cost of promoting idleness and dependency. By Phil Gramm and John F. Early Oct. 10, 2018 6:37 pm ET ‘The War on Poverty is not a struggle simply to support people,” declared President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. “It is an effort to allow them...
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WSJ: The Myth of American Inequality

Taxes and transfers in the U.S. put its income distribution in line with its large developed peers. By Phil Gramm and John F. Early Aug. 9, 2018 6:51 pm ET America is the world’s most prosperous large country, but critics often attempt to tarnish that title by claiming income is distributed less equally...
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WSJ: Keep Politics Out of the Boardroom

Reforms intended to give a voice to small shareholders have instead let social activists hijack proxy votes. By Phil Gramm and Mike Solon July 18, 2018 6:28 pm ET Even in democratic governments constrained by constitutional limits, the interests of the governed and the governors don’t align well. Government is inefficient by its...
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WSJ: How Income Equality Helped Trump

Working Americans sense that taxes and transfers now leave them little better off than those who work less. By Phil Gramm and Robert B. Ekelund Jr. June 24, 2018 1:47 pm ET Frenzied rhetoric about income inequality was a larger theme in Hillary Clinton ’s 2016 presidential campaign than in any previous American...
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WSJ: Trump’s Trade Threats Are Hurting Growth

Tariff tensions promote economic uncertainty, which in turn inhibits business investment. By Phil Gramm and Mike Solon May 9, 2018 6:38 pm ET Economic uncertainty and prosperity are sworn enemies—when uncertainty reigns, prosperity fades. Uncertainty undermines prosperity by sapping investor and consumer confidence, choking off private investment, and suppressing consumer spending. The depression...
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