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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

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RAHN: Most things are better now

If you think things are bad, you might be consoled in knowing that most things for most people on the globe were never better than in 2013. Published December 23, 2013

The sun rises behind the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. The political stare-down on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing, leaving federal government functions _ from informational websites, to national parks, to processing veterans' claims _ in limbo from coast to coast. Lawmakers in both parties ominously suggested the partial shutdown might last for weeks.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

RAHN: The deniers of economic reality

Only 12 percent of likely U.S. voters favor a federal budget that increases government spending, but that's just what the bipartisan budget deal passed by the House late [last] week does. Published December 16, 2013

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RAHN: The high cost of a free lunch

Last week, President Obama said that "income inequality" is the major problem that his administration would focus on for the remainder of his term. Published December 9, 2013

**FILE** Bitcoin tokens are pictured in Sandy, Utah, on April 3, 2013. (Associated Press)

RAHN: From protector to destroyer

Did you ever buy a game or device for which the rule book or instruction manual was so thick and detailed that you were not able to comprehend it in a reasonable period of time, so you either discarded or failed to use the product? Published December 2, 2013

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., center, speaks to reporters after Senate Republicans derailed President Barack Obama's selection of Georgetown University law professor Cornelia Pillard to fill one of three vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, as from left, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., amd Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., listen. Democrats used the vote to assail Republicans for opposing female nominees to the D.C. circuit. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

RAHN: Politicizing the judiciary

If you have ever been before a judge for any reason, did you think about whether the judge was appointed by a Democrat or a Republican? Probably not. People expect judges, regardless of political leanings, to be fair and competent -- and for the most part, this expectation has been fulfilled in America, unlike many other places in the world. Published November 25, 2013

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RAHN: The failed Fed

"I wouldn't start here if I were you," is the punch line of an old Irish joke, which monetary scholar Kevin Dowd cites to illustrate the deeper and deeper hole the Federal Reserve is getting us into. Published November 18, 2013

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RAHN: Government waste stifling growth worldwide

The International Monetary Fund announced this past week that it expects world GDP growth to be only 2.9 percent this year. This is below the 3.2 percent in 2012, which was below the 30-year average of about 3.6 percent, and far below the one-of-the-best recent four-year periods, from 2004 to 2007, when it averaged 5.1 percent. The differences may seem small, but the rate of GDP growth determines how quickly global poverty declines and real incomes rise. Published October 14, 2013

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RAHN: Stepping on the bureaucrat’s cape

Congress must rein in special immunities for federal employees. Why should government employees have special perks denied ordinary Americans? Published October 8, 2013

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RAHN: Model meltdown

Government funds the forecast it is looking for Published September 24, 2013

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RAHN: Should the Constitution be amended?

What amendments to the U.S. Constitution, if any, would you like to see? The widespread belief is that the American constitutional republic, if not actually broken, is in a state of disrepair. In his new, best-selling book, "The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic," Mark R. Levin, president of the Landmark Legal Foundation and nationally syndicated talk-show host, proposes a number of amendments to the Constitution as a fix. Mr. Levin argues that amendments are needed because the nation has entered an age of "post-constitutional soft tyranny" — as defined by the great 19th-century French historian and philosopher, Alexis de Tocqueville, who wrote in "Democracy in America": Published August 27, 2013

RAHN: Protecting the wrong people

The Obama administration has a penchant for not safeguarding agents of the U.S. government that it ought to protect, while at the same time protecting errant civil servants, some of whom belong in jail. Published August 13, 2013