Author Archive: Craig Eyermann

Craig Eyermann is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
Full biography and recent publications

U.S. Debt versus the Rest of the G7


Tuesday September 30th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:41am PDT   •   0 Comments

In international politics, the Group of 7, or G-7, is made up of the world’s seven most industrialized economies, which include the United States, Japan, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Rebecca Strauss of the Council of Foreign Relations recently compared how the national debt of the United States changed with respect...
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Drying Out the “Food Deserts”


Friday September 26th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:18am PDT   •   0 Comments

Most journalists aren’t aware of this, but “food deserts” in the United States are a hoax. A food desert has been arbitrarily defined as an area in which at least 20 percent of the households have incomes that put them below the federal poverty line, before receiving any welfare benefits or considering public transportation...
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How to Get Better, Cheaper Government


Tuesday September 23rd, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:42am PDT   •   0 Comments

Is there a completely painless way to cut wasteful government spending without having to give up the perceived benefits of the spending? The answer, of course, is yes! By clamping down on corruption and other ethically questionable practices by politicians and bureaucrats, regular Americans could benefit by both reducing government spending and making it...
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The Expired Subsidy That Won’t Die


Friday September 19th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:08am PDT   •   0 Comments

In December 2013, one of the biggest successes for opponents of wasteful government spending took place: the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for the government subsidy–dependent wind-power industry expired, which would progressively save U.S. taxpayers up to $12 billion as no new wind-energy development projects could claim it. It was an event we noted earlier...
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IRS Bureaucrat Paid for Nothing


Tuesday September 16th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:18am PDT   •   0 Comments

If you’ve been following the IRS Scandal involving IRS employees denying tax-exempt status to a number of non-profit groups opposed to President Obama’s political agenda, you’re familiar with the name Lois Lerner — especially if you’re familiar with the IRS claim that it had “lost” all of the senior manager’s, and many of her associates‘,...
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Low Morale at the Department of Labor


Friday September 12th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:38am PDT   •   0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor must be an awful place to work. We know that must be the case because of the things that the Department of Labor spends money on for the purpose of “improving” the morale of its employees. Kyle Smith asks some questions about some of DoL’s more curious expenditures: An...
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The Expanding Regulation of the American People


Monday September 8th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:52am PDT   •   0 Comments

The Mercatus Center has been busy developing a new online database that quantifies just how the number of regulations governing every activity of the American people has grown since 1997. RegData 2.0 doesn’t just give a high-level summary, it allows readers to drill down into the U.S. federal government’s regulatory morass to quantify where...
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What 20 UVA Students Did over Summer Vacation


Friday September 5th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:14am PDT   •   0 Comments

This summer, twenty graduate students at the University of Virginia who participated in a cross-disciplinary course on the national debt created a 10-minute YouTube video to help their fellow Millennials better understand where it comes from and also the consequences of the national debt. NBC reports: Students of the Institute for Business in Society,...
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Highway Safety Fail


Monday September 1st, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:16am PDT   •   0 Comments

Do government bureaucrats really care about the safety of the public? We ask that question today because of a disturbing report released by the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General, who found that a number of states have failed to spend millions of dollars of grants they received from the federal government to improve safety...
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The Doubling of the National Debt


Thursday August 28th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:01am PDT   •   0 Comments

Joseph Lawler of the Washington Examiner reports on the state of the portion of the U.S. government’s debt that is held by the public: The federal debt this year will be double what it was before the financial crisis, Congress’ official budget scorekeeper projected Wednesday morning. The debt is on pace to reach 74...
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