Emily Skarbek Archive

Emily C. Skarbek is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. More information

Bush’s FEMA Was No Gem Either



Open Letter to The Wall Street Journal June 23, 2010 Dear Editor: Paul Rubin argues that President Obama is getting a free pass in the media in light of the environmental disaster caused by the BP oil spill. The press, on the other hand, harshly chastised President Bush, for what Rubin thinks was a...
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“The Biggest Threat We Have to Our National Security Is Our Debt”



Says Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mullen notes that within two years the annual interest on the debt will be almost as much as the bloated annual Department of Defense Budget of $700 billion. Well said. Even better if Mullen would have pointed out that the debt is only...
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Homebuyer Tax Credit: Debt Financed Public Policy



As expected by many economists, the Homebuyer Tax Credit did little to nothing to encourage new home purchases and only shifted the purchase of new homes from May to April. Howard Gleckman over at the Tax Policy Center reports on the waste and fraud afforded by deficit financed public policy of this sort, noting...
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Red Ink



Tax Day Tea Party



I was invited to speak on entrepreneurship at San Jose’s Tax Day Tea Party event last week, so I thought I would post my remarks. I took a markedly global perspective that focused on free trade and open immigration. The take away is that economic freedom is the key to growth. Of course, a...
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