WSJ-The High Cost of the Trump-Biden Tariffs

The evidence shows they benefited a politically connected few, while U.S. consumers and producers paid the bill. By Phil Gramm and Donald J. Boudreaux Jan. 17, 2024 11:45 am ET ‘National conservative” protectionists portray themselves as the adults in the room. They allege that free traders’ focus on consumption imperils...
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WSJ-Social Security Was Doomed From the Start

The fatal flaw was FDR’s decision to make it a pay-as-you-go benefit. We should have fixed it by now. By Phil Gramm and Mike Solon Dec. 19, 2023 6:29 pm ET Americans imagine that the Social Security benefits they are promised belong to them. That’s by design. In 1935, President Franklin...
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WSJ-Another Wrong Way to Measure Poverty

The real rate is 2.5%, but the Census Bureau inflates it by excluding most social-welfare benefits. By Phil Gramm and John Early Dec. 5, 2023 6:33 pm ET The credibility of the Census Bureau’s official measure of poverty didn’t survive the pandemic. Though government payments for social benefits rose by...
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WSJ-Biden Gets European Help for His Big-Government Agenda

When Congress and the courts say no, his agencies recruit foreigners to apply pressure here at home. By Phil Gramm and Jeb Hensarling Oct. 17, 2023 6:15 pm ET American exceptionalism, the product of economic freedom and source of our prosperity, is being threatened by the Biden administration, which seeks...
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