American Enterprise Institute

The GOP Isn't Listening to "Reform Conservatives." It's Just Using Them.
May 23, 2014

Republican leaders think of conservative reformers as helpful messaging agents at key political moments, rather than as movement torchbearers.

The Miseducation of Stan Veuger
Conservatives' hilarious attempt to appropriate rap music
May 21, 2013

Once a year, some conservative media outlet feels peeved about the arts and publishes a listicle enumerating how a certain form or genre is inherently—often secretly—conservative.

The Great Think-Tank Bubble
Think tank salaries are looking more and more like lobbyist salaries. That's no surprise.
February 19, 2013

Why are so many think-tank scholars being paid like lobbyists? Because they're acting like lobbyists, too. 

Eric Cantor's Bold New Vision for America: No Medical Device Tax
His speech at the American Enterprise Institute was hardly what the press promised
February 05, 2013

His speech at the American Enterprise Institute was hardly what the press promised.

How To Judge The Right’s Flight From Romney
November 16, 2012

Republicans are rushing to distance themselves from Mitt Romney's “gifts” comments. Is it a genuine awakening, or an opportunistic cover-up?

Nope, No Serious Economic Arguments Here
June 12, 2012

Kevin Hassett just finished up a conference call for the Republican National Committee. The subject: Obama's claim that the private sector is doing "fine." Hassett, an economist at the American Enterprise Institute and former adviser to John McCain, has a reputation as an honest, ideologically moderate conservative.

What's Fox & Friends Running For?
June 01, 2012

Last week I marveled at a video for American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks's new book, The Road To Freedom: How To Win The Fight For Free Enterprise. I'm not opposed to authors making videos to sell their books--hell, I've done it myself. But this video was indistinguishable in format and tone from a political ad. What, I asked, is Arthur Brooks running for? Today I discover (via Talking Points Memo) that Fox & Friends aired a video decrying Obama's economic record, made in-house, that is similarly indistinguishable in format and tone from a political ad (see below).

What's Fox & Friends Running For?
May 30, 2012

Last week I marveled at a video for American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks's new book, The Road To Freedom: How To Win The Fight For Free Enterprise. I'm not opposed to authors making videos to sell their books--hell, I've done it myself. But this video was indistinguishable in format and tone from a political ad. What, I asked, is Arthur Brooks running for? Today I discover (via Talking Points Memo) that Fox & Friends aired a video decrying Obama's economic record, made in-house, that is similarly indistinguishable in format and tone from a political ad (see below).

Bush Economist Laments Bush Tax Lies
September 13, 2010

American Enterprise Institute economist Alan Viard, former member of George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisors, laments the end of the upper-income Bush tax cuts. It happened, Viard argues, because Bush failed to properly sell the upper-income tax cuts: [T]he high-income rate reductions provide much greater incentive for investment and other economic activity, relative to revenue loss, than the middle-class tax cuts.

Arthur Brooks Defends The Virtuous Rich Against The Lazy Poor
April 14, 2010

American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks has a Wall Street Journal op-ed today arguing that it's unfair for the tax system to make rich people pay higher rates than the poor and middle class. This is, of course, a foundational belief of the conservative movement. Like most conservatives making this case, though, Brooks does not rely on the moral suasion of his pro-regressive taxation beliefs.

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