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Chris Edwards

Director of Tax Policy Studies and editor of Down​siz​ing​Gov​ern​ment​.org

Universal Savings Accounts (USAs) Introduced

USAs would help solve all sorts of problems for many Americans by giving them a savings account that maximized liquidity and flexibility, while encouraging saving and zeroing out taxes that eat away at returns.


Richard Nixon’s VAT

With two Republican presidential candidates embracing a value‐​added tax (VAT), it is worth looking back at the original federal debate over that bad policy idea.


Waste in Military Purchasing

The problem with Pentagon procurement is not just that federal officials deceive taxpayers about the costs of projects, but also that many cancelled projects—which never should have been started—end up throwing billions of dollars down the drain.


Federal Bureaucratic Failure

A new essay examines structural features of the executive branch that cause federal failure and help to engender such a dim view from the public.