He is a graduate of Carleton College, and holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from Duke University. He has taught political philosophy at Duke University, North Carolina State University, Carleton College, and the University of St. Thomas. David's work at the Taxpayers League began in 1997 when the organization was formed as a 501(c)4 non-profit, and he became President in January of 2004. He now runs the newly rebranded Minnesota Free Market Institute. which does research, publishes pamphlets and papers, and holds forums educating citizens regarding the importance of free market principles to liberty and prosperity.
Have you been worried about the financial crisis the past few months? Well if the chaos in the credit markets has had you spooked, the looming fiscal disaster should have you positively terrified.
By now everybody has heard of Joe the plumber. It was Joe that Barack Obama told that it was government’s job to “spread the wealth around”—Joe’s wealth—in order to build the economy from the bottom up.
Believe it or not, one of the most striking facts about the U.S. economy over the past 25 years has been the relative stability it has enjoyed—until all hell broke loose the last few months.
Are we facing the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression? If so, why?
It’s as predictable as the sun setting in the West: it’s an election year and reforming how we deliver health care is on the political agenda.
You have to give him credit; the Obama tax plan has a lot of appeal to the average voter. The sales pitch, repeatedly endlessly, is that under Obama 95% of Americans would see their taxes go down.
There has been a lot of loose talk in liberal circles that the current housing crunch, inflation, and spike in energy prices somehow prove that the free market is fatally flawed.
It has become popular for politicians to advocate going after oil companies for their seemingly outsized profits. Otherwise rational people turn red-faced with anger when they think about the tens of billions of dollars flowing into the coffers of “big oil.”
Well, the secret is out. Conservatives' willingness to destroy Mother Earth in pursuit of financial gain now makes sense.
Are Conservatives or Liberals more likely to mortgage our childrens' futures by manipulating the economy to account for supposed man-made global warming?
There is no group more vilified today than the speculators, and few who are as unjustly attacked. Speculators have been taking a lot of heat from politicians and various other demagogues as the cause of the rapid rise in food and energy prices.
Conservatives are in a funk—one that threatens to turn into a full-blown retreat from the battlefield of ideas.
The Bush Administration has discovered what liberals have known all along: the Constitution is a mighty comprehensive document, giving the federal government powers over the minutest aspects of our lives.
Americans have been treated to a lot of whining by our elected officials about the high cost of oil and gas these days, but as usual the fingers are being pointed by rather than at the guilty parties.
As Congress rakes oil executives over the coals over their profits, I detect the very faint sound of millions of the world's smallest violins playing.
Americans are justly worried about the long-term economic effects of the current mortgage crisis and the credit crunch that has resulted from it.
It’s long past time for the nanny state crowd to sit down and shut up.
What happens when politicians and pundits succumb to the notion that it is all right to micromanage our daily lives?
Imagine this scenario: an economist examines consumers’ automobile purchases and comes to the conclusion that the market is completely out of whack.
Hillary Clinton may have caused a stir in the early 90’s by embracing Michael Lerner’s “Politics of Meaning,” but it is the Barack Obama campaign that has been carrying the flag for this pernicious idea in 2008.