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Author: Steven Anderson

July 27, 2021

As pandemic subsides, why are governors still exercising “emergency powers”?

As the COVID-19 pandemic gradually recedes from the highs we saw in 2020, we should carefully reflect on what the past 15 months of a public health emergency have taught us. As a longtime advocate for individual liberty and limited government, here's the principal lesson I take from our pandemic experience: The separation of governmental ...

March 15, 2021

New York Times: Is Too Much Choice Ruining Us?

This letter to the editor is in response to Paul Krugman’s article in the New York Times and was originally published on March 16, 2021.  What Paul Krugman leaves unsaid is who actually gets to choose given our "limited ability to process information." Answer: the well-educated, well-positioned elites like Mr. Krugman himself. This conceit h ...

February 01, 2021

The Hill: Our path forward: After a year of chaos, here’s how to kick-start America’s revival

After the chaos of 2020 — a year marked by a deadly global pandemic, a painful economic contraction, widespread civil unrest, and a bitterly contested presidential election — it's safe to say Americans are deeply concerned about the state of our nation. The numbers tell the story. According to the RealClear Politics polling average, more ...

December 04, 2020

The Hill: Time to rein in government’s pandemic overreach — starting with CDC’s eviction ban

When the history of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is written, it will need a section on the most counterproductive and overreaching government responses. That list should include the nationwide ban on residential rental evictions imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in September. That's right, public health officials have ...

September 23, 2020

PLF’s defense of liberty at the Supreme Court will continue

Much has been said and written over the past week regarding the recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her personal story of perseverance and her role as a trailblazing attorney and jurist inspired many across the nation—and not just in the legal profession. After reflecting on Justice Ginsburg's tenure on the Court, her passing ...

June 03, 2020

InsideSources: Rebuilding economy will require rethinking government’s role

To better understand the recent surge of criticism and resistance against government-mandated lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, take a closer look at the Commerce Department jobs report published last week. In April, the United States lost a staggering 20.5 million jobs, with the unemployment rate skyrocketing to 14.7 percent. Those numbers sugges ...

December 18, 2019

Issues & Insights: How hard would you fight to get the best education for your kids?

How far would you go to get the best education possible for your child? How hard would you fight? A group of Connecticut parents are prepared to find out — they're challenging the state's discriminatory education policies that lock minority children out of the state's top-flight magnet schools. That's what's happening in Hartford, Connecticut, wh ...

July 25, 2019

The Hill: The Senate is looking at — but needs to act upon — bureaucratic rulemaking

In Washington, D.C., reports and studies that examine and critique government policy and performance are the currency of the realm. Every think tank, advocacy organization and lobby shop hopes their original research will make a splash, getting the attention of policymakers and resulting in real change. Unfortunately, the supply of policy research ...

July 17, 2019

PLF at Senate hearing: Bureaucrats have to follow the rules, too

Earlier this year, Pacific Legal Foundation published a first-of-its-kind study finding that, over the past 17 years, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a majority of its rules unconstitutionally. Our report, "But Who Rules the Rulemakers? A Study of Illegally Issued Regulations at HHS," found that almost three-quarters of the ...

July 03, 2019

Let’s celebrate individual liberty this Fourth of July

For the past couple decades, my block has hosted a party to celebrate our nation's birth, replete with all the typical summertime Americana: seed-spitting contests; a potluck; red, white, and blue bicycle parades; a Batman bounce house (which is our contribution as the parents of two young boys). It's a scene that plays out in ...

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