Michael D. Tanner

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Michael Tanner is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute where he heads research into a variety of domestic policies with a particular emphasis on poverty and social welfare policy, health care reform, and Social Security.

Tanner is the author of numerous other books on public policy, including Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis, Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution, Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It, The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society, and A New Deal for Social Security.

Under Tanner’s direction, Cato launched the Project on Social Security Choice, which is widely considered the leading impetus for transforming the soon-to-be-bankrupt system into a private savings program. Time magazine calls Tanner, “one of the architects of the private accounts movement,” and Congressional Quarterly named him one of the nation’s five most influential experts on Social Security. The New York Times refers to him as “a lucid writer and skilled polemicist.”

More recently Tanner has undertaken a major project to develop innovative solutions to poverty and inequality.

Tanner’s writings have appeared in nearly every major American newspaper, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He writes a weekly column for National Review Online, and is a contributing columnist with the New York Post. A prolific writer and frequent guest lecturer, Tanner appears regularly on network and cable news programs.

Michael D. Tanner's Articles

The "Bipartisan" Budget Deal: A Dog's Breakfast of Every Bad Idea

The deal guts the spending caps, worsens entitlements, increases military and domestic spending, and essentially abolishes the debt ceiling for two years.

- October 29, 2015

Privatize Social Security (Even if the Market Crashes)

Even if retirees cashed out this Monday, or even in the Great Recession, they'd still get more than Social Security.

- August 28, 2015

On the Charleston Shooting

Perhaps, just once, we could stop to think before we politicize a horrific tragedy. 

- June 19, 2015

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