The Ripon Forum

Volume 55, No. 3

July 2021

In this edition

By on July 25, 2021
In this edition

by LOU ZICKAR

This edition of the Ripon Forum looks at the battle between democracy and bureaucracy and the pressing need for government reform.

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Democracy vs. Bureaucracy: The Most Important Battle in Washington Over the Next Four Years

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Democracy vs. Bureaucracy: The Most Important Battle in Washington Over the Next Four Years

by PHILIP K. HOWARD

Two-thirds of Americans favor “major structural changes” in government. What’s missing in the current debate is a coherent vision for a new public operating system.

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To Eliminate Government Waste, Shine a Light on the Bureaucracy

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To Eliminate Government Waste, Shine a Light on the Bureaucracy

by JAMES LANKFORD

Thanks to the Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act, there will now be a searchable list of every federal program, how many people work on it, how much it costs, and how it is evaluated – if at all.

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If Everything is Infrastructure, Common Ground will be Hard to Find

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If Everything is Infrastructure, Common Ground will be Hard to Find

by JAY COST

Because Democrats view infrastructure spending in part as a way to transfer wealth from the rich to the poor, they have no problem raising taxes to finance such projects.

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Do Deficits Matter? Yes.

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Do Deficits Matter? Yes.

by MARC JOFFE

The Grand Old Party should rediscover its fiscally responsible heritage.

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Do Deficits Matter? It’s Complicated…

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Do Deficits Matter? It’s Complicated…

by Farrokh Langdana

Massive monetary infusions only produce inflation when the money is injected into the economy.

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How the 21st Century Cures Act Paved the Way for the COVID-19 Vaccine

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How the 21st Century Cures Act Paved the Way for the COVID-19 Vaccine

by FRED UPTON

The legislation has helped accelerate the approval and delivery of not only critical treatments, cures, and medical devices, but of vaccines that have saved a countless number of lives this year.

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Say No to the Biden Broadband Plan for Government Subsidies and Price Controls

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Say No to the Biden Broadband Plan for Government Subsidies and Price Controls

by Seth Cooper

Congress should stick to the free market approach that has been successful in promoting private investment and accelerated deployments of gigabit and 5G services to all Americans.

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The Path Toward Commonsense Election Reform

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The Path Toward Commonsense Election Reform

by Matthew Weil

Elections will never be viewed as fair if the winning side is victorious because they were better positioned to write the rules to their advantage.

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When it Comes to Leading on Infrastructure, Biden should be Like Ike

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When it Comes to Leading on Infrastructure, Biden should be Like Ike

by LEE LACY

Eisenhower was the driving force behind what would become not only the largest public works project ever constructed in the United States, but a project that would ultimately bear his name.

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