Posts by Chloe Anagnos
Chloe Anagnos is the Director of Marketing, Outreach, and Sales at the Independent Institute.
Democrats’ Proposed Higher Cigarette Tax Would Harm the Most Vulnerable


House Democrats want to double federal tobacco taxes to help pay for President Joe Biden’s proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. While increases would add an estimated $96 billion to revenues, Democrats have failed to explain how the tax hikes wouldn’t be a direct attack against the very group of Americans that presidential candidate Joe...
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As the Opioid Epidemic Worsens, We Must Look at Free Market Solutions


Prior to covid-19, it was the opioid epidemic that worried U.S. officials, with reports showing that the abuse of opioids nationwide was contributing to increased healthcare costs and overdose deaths. In 2020, however, things changed. With covid came lockdowns, and with the lockdowns came unemployment, isolation, and depression.  By early 2021, the Centers for...
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Your Uber Driver May Never Come Back. Here’s Why.


Following the pandemic-led lockdowns, Americans struggled to pay the bills. As the government stepped in to provide extended unemployment benefits, states began reopening. But as American businesses started opening their doors, many realized that it had become nearly impossible to compete with federal aid. With even fast-food chains offering more than minimum wage and...
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Zoomers Aren’t Waiting for a College Degree to Secure Their Financial Future


Americans born between 1997 and 2012, otherwise known as Gen Z or zoomers, appear to be in a hurry to make money. After witnessing millennials drown in debt over college, 67% of zoomers say their top concern is being able to afford higher education. Furthermore, one in every five zoomers say they want to...
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Most Millennials Live Paycheck to Paycheck. Financial Literacy is Key to Their Freedom


Millennials are on a tight budget, even those making six-digit figures.  According to a new survey by PYMNTS and LendingClub, 70% of millennials are living paycheck to paycheck. Most baby boomers, on the other hand, are living the life, with only 40% claiming they are in the same conditions.  In its analysis of the...
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More Americans Support Blanket Student Debt Forgiveness, Here’s Why They are Wrong 


A recent GoBankingRates survey found that over 50% of Americans want student-loan forgiveness for everyone with any student-loan debt. Considering Democratic lawmakers are hoping President Joe Biden will keep his promise to cancel $50,000 in student debt per person, this data could certainly be used for leverage. But while the number of Americans who...
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MI Governor’s Rule-Breaking Is Nothing New—Here’s Why Politicians Seem to Favor Hypocrisy


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer isn’t the best at following orders. But then again, neither are the majority of her colleagues in politics.  After prohibiting Michiganders from traveling between residences they own at the height of the pandemic, Gretchen got some attention for allowing her own husband to travel between their homes. Now, the Democrat...
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Lockdown-Led Big City Exodus: An Economic Boost to Small Towns?


Smaller cities and bigger towns in the heart of America are seeing a considerable influx of new residents, and with this, we should soon expect to see a boost in their economies as well. But while there is enough data to support the notion that Americans in large cities like New York City and...
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