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Richard W. Rahn

Richard W. Rahn

Richard W. Rahn is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth.

Articles by Richard W. Rahn

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses an extended meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry Board at the National Defense Control Center in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 21, 2021. Putin has described the Soviet collapse as "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century." Speaking at his annual news conference, Putin held Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin responsible for handing Russian lands to Ukraine, helping "create a country that had never existed before." (Mikhail Tereshchenko, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Why is Putin threatening Ukraine?

Ukraine is much smaller than Russia in geography, population, per capita economic wealth and military power. Published December 27, 2021

FILE - Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen, second from left, oversees an open meeting of the board with board members; Vice Chair Stanley Fischer, Yellen, Daniel Tarullo, Jerome Powell, and Lael Brainard, in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. President Joe Biden announced Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 that he’s nominating Powell for a second term as Federal Reserve chair, endorsing his stewardship of the economy through a brutal pandemic recession in which the Fed’s ultra-low rate policies helped bolster confidence and revitalize the job market. Biden also said he would nominate Brainard, the lone Democrat on the Fed’s Board of Governors and the preferred alternative to Powell for many progressives, as Vice Chair. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Team Biden is killing the economy

Inflation comes from one source -- and that source is incompetent and politically driven government officials and bureaucrats who, through overregulation and taxation, drive up the cost of most everything. Published December 13, 2021

Artificially Inflated GDP Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How big can government get?

The socialists and communists explicitly say they want bigger government, while most free-market and libertarian-leaning people claim they want smaller government. Published December 6, 2021

President Joe Biden laughs with guests after speaking on infrastructure spending at the La Crosse Municipal Transit Authority, Tuesday, June 29, 2021, in La Crosse, Wis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The fraud of Biden’s inflation

The biggest financial fraud in history is now being inflicted on the American people and others in the form of inflation. Published November 15, 2021

Illustration on Democrats, race and skin color by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The left’s ‘racism’ obsession and how it’s backfiring

The lighter your skin is, the older you get, and the more time you spend in the sun, the more likely you are to get skin cancer. Other than that, the endless preoccupation with race and skin color is largely a waste of time. Published November 8, 2021

Graver dangers than climate change Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

There are graver dangers than climate change

Despite known dangers to our physical and economic well-being, the political class has been focused on climate change as though it was the most serious threat. Published November 1, 2021

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden’s economic malpractice

President Biden and most of the Congressional Democrats claim that the cure for the sluggish economy would be for the government to spend another $ 3.5 to 5.5 trillion. Published October 11, 2021

Congress Tax Increases Killing the Goose Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Tax hikes reveal Congress’ economic ignorance

As one who has spent decades trying to teach Tax Economics 101 to students, members of the media, and the political class, it is painful to acknowledge that the current crop of "leaders" seems to have learned nothing. Published September 21, 2021

Illustration on peril to Taiwan by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Taiwan is no Afghanistan

If the communist Chinese attack Taiwan, will the weak-kneed President Joe Biden unleash the U.S. military to help our ally, or will he do nothing? Published August 23, 2021