The Tennessee Valley Authority Brings Electricity and Prosperity to the South

This guest post was contributed by Phil Kadner, an award-winning Chicago journalist. It was socialism, no doubt about it. The U.S. government created its own power company, purchased private utility companies, built dams, and brought electricity for the first time to rural areas. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was created in 1933 as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.

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Fact (Not an Alternative One): Obamacare Is a Success

Donald Trump has often called the Affordable Care Act, which was passed in 2010 and is more commonly known as Obamacare, a “disaster.” Sometimes even a “total disaster.” During Barack Obama’s administration, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the ACA more than 50 times, but Obama, of course, never signed the repeal into law. Since January, the Republicans have controlled

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Social Security: The Government Program That Made Retirement Possible for All of Us

The guest post was contributed by Tim Callahan The preamble to the Constitution explicitly states five goals for establishing the Constitution of the United States: to “form a more perfect Union” to “establish Justice” to “insure domestic Tranquility” to “provide for the common defense” to “promote the general Welfare” Social Security accomplishes at least one of these goals: promoting the

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America Declares War on Polio and Saves Children’s Lives

This guest post was contributed by Phil Kadner, an award-winning Chicago journalist. By the thousands American parents volunteered their children in what would eventually be called the country’s first national vaccination campaign. In 1954, in the largest field trial ever attempted, more than 600,000 school children stuck their arms out to be injected. About 400,000 would get Dr. Jonas Salk’s

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The Transcontinental Railroad: Brought to You by the Federal Government

Yesterday was Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. There are many reasons why we still celebrate Lincoln’s birth and why his bearded visage was dynamited into the face of Mount Rushmore. He freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation. He led the North to victory in the Civil War. And he eloquently encapsulated, in “The Gettysburg Address,” why it was necessary to fight

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Government Works and Your Taxes Are Well-Spent

For far too long, the conversation about government in this country has revolved around the false narrative that government is ineffectual, your taxes are wasted, and our elected officials are uniformly corrupt. “Good Government Reader” is a blog devoted to the idea that this conventional wisdom is wrong. In fact, it couldn’t be more wrong. This blog will demonstrate that

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