Three Reasons Donald Trump Won

Donald Trump’s stunning victory last night left media and political pundits shocked and in some cases, horrified.  But for anybody who has not benefited from the post-2008 economic recovery (and there are still many), this upset came as no surprise.  Here are three factors I believe that the media and pundits underestimated. Despite an economic “recovery,” […]

What Will A Lame Duck Congress Address Post-Election? And Other D.C. Updates…

Next week’s election will determine whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Meanwhile, here’s what’s going on in Washington this week: In the final jobs report before the election, the Department of Labor reported an additional 161,000 jobs added to the economy. NCPA Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal explains why such […]

What’s In An Unemployment Rate?

More than you might think.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that October’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, one-tenth of a point lower than September.  For six out of the past 10 months the unemployment rate has been at 4.9 percent, but how do the numbers behind the rate compare when it was 4.9 percent […]

What’s Up in Washington This Week?

Congress is still in recess. All eyes are on the election in less than two weeks — and the next several days are certain to be active (especially if you live in a battleground state)!  The Democratic candidate has $172 million to spend, while the GOP candidate only has $73 million, so look for a […]

What’s Up In Washington This Week?

Congress is still in recess, which leaves Capitol Hill looking like a ghost town. That doesn’t mean individual members of Congress aren’t working overtime to get re-elected.  Congressional Republicans are trying to fend off efforts by Democrats to win a majority of seats in both the Senate and the House of Representatives (although Republicans are […]

The Truth About Social Security (That Was Ignored in the Debate)

Last night, both presidential candidates touched on Social Security and Medicare. I literally mean the word “touched” because there was not enough discussion of entitlements for me to conclude that either candidate “grasped” the subject. First, let’s look at Social Security. The annual Trust Fund report was quietly released in June of this year with […]

Will Wednesday’s Debate Delve Into Policy, or Am I Asking Too Much?

The last two debates have been dreadfully disappointing as far as the candidates addressing any substantive economic issues.  Based on studies from the NCPA’s Tax Analysis Center, Clinton’s and Trump’s economic plans produce vastly different results.  This is not surprising, of course, since these plans are predicated on different visions for the economy.  Mrs. Clinton wants […]

What’s Going On in Washington This Week?

Congress remains in recess this week as Senators and Representatives are back home campaigning. Sunday’s presidential debate set the stage for a week of bizarre political theater that left my head spinning. I’ve lost track of who’s un-endorsing whom, and the other Republican infighting.  Meanwhile on the Democratic side of the presidential campaign, who is […]

“The Planet Began to Heal”…and Other Updates from D.C.

Here’s a summary of the quiet week in Washington from NCPA’s legislative director Brian Williams: President Obama reduced the sentences of 102 inmates, mostly drug dealers, bringing the total number of presidential clemencies up to 774 during the Obama presidency. President Obama praised the Paris climate deal this week, which takes effect in November in […]

California’s Proposed Bag Ban Could Be a Real Headache for Shoppers

In just a month, California voters will decide if the state’s ban on plastic bags will take effect.  In 2014, Senate Bill 270 was passed by the California State Legislator and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown creating a ban on plastic bags.   That ban was put on hold, however, as petitioners gathered enough signatures take it to the […]