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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

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

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

** FILE ** President Obama pauses as he speaks at the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on Friday, July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

RAHN: Obama’s bad news for blacks

If you knew nothing else about President Obama other than looking at the data, you might conclude that he was insensitive to blacks, given that they have done far worse economically under his administration than Hispanics or whites. Published July 26, 2013

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RAHN: How to make the government behave

Most people who work in government have no problem giving their real names and telling you what they do, but there are exceptions. Published July 23, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

RAHN: Flat tax? Sales tax? Value-added tax?

What type of tax reform do you want? Simplification of the existing progressive income tax system? A flat tax? A sales tax? A value-added tax? Published July 16, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

RAHN: Approaching economic stall speed

Stall speed is the airspeed at which an aircraft stops producing lift. Unless immediate corrective action is taken, such as reducing the wing's angle of attack or the weight of the aircraft, the results are not likely to be good. Published July 9, 2013

Illustration by Donna Grethen

RAHN: Tyranny of the taxers

There is an all-too-common tendency for humans (particularly members of the political class) to blame or scapegoat others when they bungle their jobs. Published June 18, 2013

The Washington Times

RAHN: Why the IRS cannot be reformed

Every few years, at least from the time of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, there is a scandal involving abuse of power at the Internal Revenue Service. Published May 21, 2013

Illustration: Immigration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times.

RAHN: Putting out the welcome mat for prosperity

How many new immigrants should the United States allow each year? How many guest workers? These are not easy questions, which is why there is as much fierce debate within the two parties as between them. Published May 14, 2013

Illustration Tipping the Scales by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

RAHN: Misplaced interests

There is considerable evidence that drinking one glass of red wine per day for most middle-aged men has more health benefits than costs. There is also considerable evidence that drinking three or more glasses of wine per day causes more health problems than benefits. Published May 7, 2013

Illustration Small Government by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

RAHN: Privatize almost everything

As a mental challenge, try to think of all of the governmental activities - federal, state and local - that could be privatized. Now, go a step further. Suppose you were required to develop a plan to privatize, or make self-supporting through user fees, nearly every activity of government. Published April 30, 2013

Donna Grethen

RAHN: When is too much security too much?

Should Americans be spending more on public security, or less? After a week of two horrific events, the Boston Marathon attack and the Texas fertilizer-plant explosion, most would probably answer the above question by saying, "We're not spending enough." Such an emotional response is not surprising particularly after seeing the highly competent and courageous response of the police, firefighters and medical first responders. Published April 23, 2013