About: Roy Cordato

VP for research and resident scholar at the John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Roy Cordato

A (very) brief comment on the US House Tax Plan

In general the House tax plan is consistent with sound economic reasoning on tax policy—flattening and lowering personal rates and eliminating the AMT are important and long overdue. The 50% exclusion on investment income—capital gains, interest, and dividends—will help to ameliorate, although not eliminate, the income tax’s bias against saving and investment. On the businessContinue Reading






NC goes from 31 to 14 in small business index

The latest Small Business Policy Index published by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council has ranked North Carolina as 14th best in the nation for having a conducive policy environment for small business and for “entrepreneurial friendliness.” The index is based heavily on personal and business taxes. The higher these taxes the worse a stateContinue Reading






11 years with less than 3% growth–2 1/2 times any other stretch

As of the end of 2016 the US has gone 11 years, since 2006, with less than 3% economic growth. 2016 had a pitiful 1.6% growth rate, less than 2015.  According to CNSnews: prior to this period, the longest stretch of years when real GDP did not grow by at least 3.0 percent, as calculated byContinue Reading






A look at global temperature change 1998-2016

The data is through December 2016. While 2016 is statistically tied with 1998 the 18 year trend is still flat. See here.






You might be a progressive if…

…you actually believe that there are people who A) do not believe that the climate exists—climate deniers or B) people who believe that the climate exists but never changes—climate change deniers.






Flag Burning: A Matter of Property Rights

  To agree with others is not a problem in any society; it is the right to disagree that is crucial. It is the institution of private property that protects and implements the right to disagree.—Ayn Rand, “What is Capitalism?” Earlier this week President-elect Trump renewed what most had thought was a settled debate when he tweetedContinue Reading






An open ended question to my fellow libertarians?

For decades libertarians have broken questions of public policy into three broad categories–issues of war and peace, i.e. foreign policy; social issues, i.e. gay rights, drug legalization, etc. and economic issues. Everyone from the Cato Institute to the Libertarian Party have at one time or another described libertarians as being liberal on the first twoContinue Reading






Amid hyperbolic allusions to a coming fascism in America here are six possible advances in liberty that could come from a Trump presidency

1. The elimination of the individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance. 2. The repeal of Obamacare’s HHS Mandate which robs individuals and businesses of their religious liberties and all people of their right to freely negotiate the terms of their labor and insurance contracts.. 3. Elimination of Clean Power Plant regulations and theirContinue Reading






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