Tracy Miller

Tracy Miller

Dr. Tracy C. Miller is an associate professor of economics at Grove City College and fellow for economic theory and policy with The Center for Vision & Values. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Chicago.

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Do we want more affordable health care? Then we need to leave health care to the free market

December 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story

The problems with the healthcare.gov website offer a glimpse of the way the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is likely to fail at accomplishing its most important goals: providing affordable, high-quality health care to all Americans, without increasing the deficit. The … More>

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Immigration reform would make sense if new immigrants were not eligible for welfare benefits

September 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

The U.S. House and Senate are considering an immigration reform bill. Critics of the legislation say that it will not do enough to secure our borders and that it grants amnesty to illegal immigrants. The bigger issue, which has been … More>

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Death panels? Of course …

May 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Recently the debate about “death panels” has been heating up as Republican Congressional leaders express their opposition to implementing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) by refusing to appoint members to serve on it. The IPAB, which was referred to … More>

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What Should Be Done About the Fiscal Cliff

December 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Everyone is talking about the “fiscal cliff”—the likely impact of the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the planned cuts in government spending that are part … More>

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Does Paul Ryan Want to Take Medicare Away From Seniors?

August 30, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

A year ago, opponents attacked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), claiming that his plan to reform Medicare would kill grandma by taking away her benefits. Mitt Romney, who, of course, … More>

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The U.S. Economy Could Recover Faster If Government Policies Changed

August 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Recent monthly employment reports have confirmed that this is the slowest U.S. recovery from a recession since the Great Depression. Four years after the recession began, unemployment is still … More>

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On Public-Sector Unions: Hope for Struggling States

June 22, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Recently, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin won a historic recall election sought by unionized government workers and their allies who opposed his bargaining reforms. Because Walker’s margin of victory surpassed that of his first election in a state known for … More>

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Volcker Rule Is a Step in the Right Direction

June 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

JPMorgan Chase, one of the nation’s largest banks, announced that it lost over $2 billion in trading over the last few months. This has emboldened supporters of the Volcker rule, which prohibits banks that enjoy government support from making risky … More>

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Homelessness: How Government Policy Makes It Worse

May 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

During a recent trip to Chicago, I couldn’t help but notice the large number of homeless people in the downtown area, including one homeless man pushing a child in a stroller. Homelessness was frequently discussed during the 1980s, but seems … More>

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To Be Sustainable, Universal Health Care Requires Rationing

September 23, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

During the last Republican presidential debate, Herman Cain argued that, as a survivor of colon and liver cancer, he would have died if “Obamacare” had been in place when he sought critical treatment. It was a stunning statement, and it … More>

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Our Health is Overinsured!

June 20, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

One of the arguments for healthcare reform is that millions of Americans with employer-provided healthcare are underinsured. Proponents of this view are saying that people are underinsured if they are paying too many of their healthcare costs out-of-pocket. Quite the … More>

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No Such Thing as a Free Lunch—or Free Healthcare

October 13, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

A few days ago, I received an email from the daughter of our congresswoman—a mass email, of course. She explained that because of healthcare reform, which her mother supported, she no longer had to pay a $25 copayment for each … More>

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Taxing Transportation

August 27, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Not long ago, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell toured the state to highlight its crisis in transportation funding. He called on the General Assembly to resolve the crisis this year. In May, the State Transportation Advisory Committee estimated that the state … More>

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“Healthcare Reform” America Can’t Afford

August 7, 2009 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The healthcare reform bill pending in Congress is called “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act.” It is supposed to provide “affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending.” Unfortunately, rather than reducing the growth … More>

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Obama’s $1 Trillion Gamble

January 13, 2009 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

President-elect Obama is considering an economic stimulus package that will include increases in government spending and tax cuts of approximately one trillion dollars. Many fear a prolonged depression resulting from a sharp reduction in consumer spending.

After saving very little … More>

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Rising Food Prices: Who is to Blame?

June 18, 2008 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

An Indian government official recently criticized the Bush administration for blaming the growing middle classes of developing countries, such as India and China, for rising food prices. Although he may have misinterpreted the president’s remarks, his and other Indian critics’ … More>

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V&V PAPER — Improving the Business Climate of the State of Pennsylvania

October 15, 2007 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, White Papers

Editor’s Note: Reflecting the breadth and depth of top-notch scholarship being pursued by the faculty of Grove City College, The Center for Vision & Values is pleased to release the fifth in a series of exclusive monthly papers being offered More>

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The Best Farm Policy is the Free Market

October 10, 2007 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

As Congress haggles over the farm bill, it is time again to consider updating the legislation. The Agriculture Adjustment Act, passed “to relieve the … national economic emergency” of the Great Depression has been the basis for most major agricultural … More>

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Minimum Wage Freezes Out the Young

July 17, 2006 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

A few days ago, I told my teenage daughter, who works at the local Dairy Queen, that the minimum wage in Pennsylvania is going to increase. Since she makes a little less than $6.25 per hour, which is the amount … More>

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Did Bush Betray the Working Man to Benefit Wealthy Oil Companies?

January 19, 2006 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

With just five minutes to go in the Steelers-Colts playoff game last Sunday, NFL Referee Pete Morelli made a terrible call against the Steelers. On Monday, the NFL made a rare statement saying that Morelli was wrong. Thankfully for Steelers … More>

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Responding to the Anti-Wal-Mart Crusaders

December 15, 2005 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Recently, Wal-Mart Corporation announced plans to build a Super Wal-Mart store a few miles outside of the town where I live, Grove City, Pa. In response to Wal-Mart’s plan, a local faith organization held an open showing of a film … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Benedict Arnold?

October 29, 2004 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

In a speech during the primaries, John Kerry called companies that outsource “Benedict Arnold” companies. If Benedict Arnold would have had his way, he would have denied Americans what they, and all of mankind throughout history, have sought—freedom—the unalienable rights … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: The WTO Punching Bag

September 24, 2004 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

The World Trade Organization, a favorite punching bag of some conservatives, is at it again.  But hold on conservatives, the WTO is right on this one! For pocketbook reasons, the U.S. would be wise to heed their ruling.

For the … More>

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