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Chris Edwards

Director of Tax Policy Studies and editor of

How Large Is American Government?

America’s strong economic growth and high living standards were built on our relatively smaller government. However, America’s lower-spending advantage has diminished.


Marching to a Federal Debt Crisis

Canada escaped a similar debt spiral in the 1990s as a left-of-center government imposed and sustained sharp spending cuts. We can and should do that here, now, yet virtually all members of Congress appear uninterested in reform.  


Reforming Passenger Rail

Passenger rail competes against automobiles and airlines. Congress should unleash rail’s potential by selling off Amtrak and giving it the flexibility it needs to cut costs and innovate.