Taxes & Spending

Dr. Antony Davies

Associate Professor of Economics at Duquesne University
 

Dr. Davies is associate professor of economics at Duquesne University and Mercatus Affiliated Senior Scholar at George Mason University. He has published economic and policy research in leading academic journals, authored op-eds in over thirty newspapers, and is a regular columnist for US News and World Report and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Dr. Davies is a frequent lecturer at policy conferences on Capitol Hill and at state capitals. In addition to teaching at the undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. levels, Dr. Davies was Chief Analytics Officer at Parabon Computation, President and co-founder at Paragon Software (now Take-Two Interactive), and co-founder and Chief Analytics Officer at Repliqa (now Zoo Entertainment).

Dr. Davies earned his B.S. in Economics from Saint Vincent College, and Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.

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Topics: Economics & Capitalism Liberty Role of Government Taxes & Spending Welfare


Gary Wolfram      

Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Director of Economics at Hillsdale College


Dr. Wolfram is the William E. Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Director of Economics at Hillsdale College, and President of Hillsdale Policy Group, a consulting firm specializing in taxation and policy analysis. His recent book is titled A Capitalist Manifesto: Understanding the Market Economy and Defending Liberty. He was a member and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lake Superior State University, served as a member of Michigan's State Board of Education from 1993 to 1999, was Chairman of the Headlee Amendment Blue Ribbon Commission and has been a member of the Michigan Enterprise Zone Authority, the Michigan Strategic Fund Board, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority Board. Dr. Wolfram's public policy experience includes serving as Congressman Nick Smith's Chief of Staff, Michigan’s Deputy State Treasurer for Taxation and Economic Policy under Governor John Engler, and Senior Economist to the Republican Senate in Michigan. Professor Wolfram graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and has taught at several colleges and universities, including Mount Holyoke College, The University of Michigan, and Washington State University.  He was a weekly columnist for The Michigan View, and has contributed to Human Events, American Spectator and National Review. He was named Hillsdale College’s Professor of the Year for 2004 and received the Emily Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011. In 2003, Michigan Runner Magazine also named him one of the top 25 runners in Michigan of the past 25 years.

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Topics: Economics & Capitalism Monetary Policy Taxes & Spending


Jeffrey Miron

Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Economics at Harvard University


Jeffrey Miron is Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute.  Dr. Miron has previously served on the faculties of the University of Michigan and Boston University; at the latter, he was Department chairman for six years.  He has been the recipient of an Olin Fellowship from the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Earhart Foundation Fellowship, and a Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship.  Dr. Miron holds a B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T.

Dr. Miron has published more than 25 articles in refereed journals and 50 op-eds in CNN.com, nytimes.com, forbes.com, and other outlets.  Dr. Miron’s commentary on economic policy has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, Bloomberg, and Fox television, BBC radio, and in dozens of other television, radio, and print media around the world.  Dr. Miron’s area of expertise is the economics of libertarianism.   He has written extensively on the economic case against drug prohibition, and he has been a vocal critic of the Treasury bailout and the Obama administration’s fiscal stimulus.

Dr. Miron is also a star teacher; in four of the past five years, the Senior Class at Harvard has chosen him as one of their favorite teachers.   His most popular offering is a course titled “A Libertarian Perspective on Economic and Social Policy,” which has attracted more than nine hundred students in just five years.

Cost: $5,000 - $10,000 plus airfare and lodging

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Topics: Liberty Role of Government Taxes & Spending


 Dr. Tom Woods

Author and Senior Fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute 

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and creator of Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Woods has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, C-SPAN, and Bloomberg Television, among other outlets, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public Radio, the Dennis Miller Show, the Michael Reagan Show, the Dennis Prager Show, and the Michael Medved Show. He is a regular fill-in host on The Peter Schiff Show.

Woods is the author of eleven books, most recently Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. His other books include the New York Times bestsellers Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse (read Ron Paul’s foreword) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama (with Kevin R.C. Gutzman), Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass, 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, and The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy. His critically acclaimed 2004 book The Church Confronts Modernity was recently released in paperback by Columbia University Press. A collection of Woods’ essays, called W obronie zdrowego rozsadku, was released exclusively in Polish in 2007. Woods’ books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Polish, French, German, Czech, Portuguese, Croatian, Slovak, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.

Woods edited and wrote the introduction to five additional books: Back on the Road to Serfdom: The Resurgence of Statism, We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now (with Murray Polner), Murray N. Rothbard’s The Betrayal of the American Right, The Political Writings of Rufus Choate, and Orestes Brownson’s 1875 classic The American Republic. He contributed the preface to Choosing the Right College and the foreword both to Ludwig von Mises’ Liberalism and to Abel Upshur’s A Brief Enquiry into the True Nature and Character of Our Federal Government. He is also the author of Beyond Distributism, part of the Acton Institute’s Christian Social Thought Series.

Woods’ writing has appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals, including the American Historical Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, Catholic Historical Review, Modern Age, American Studies, Intercollegiate Review, Catholic Social Science Review, Economic Affairs (U.K.), Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Inside the Vatican, Human Events, University Bookman, Journal of Markets & Morality, New Oxford Review, Catholic World Report, Independent Review, Religion & Liberty, Journal of Libertarian Studies, Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, AD2000 (Australia), Christian Order (U.K.), and Human Rights Review.

Woods won the $50,000 first prize in the prestigious Templeton Enterprise Awards for 2006, given by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Templeton Foundation, for his book The Church and the Market. He was the recipient of the 2004 O.P. Alford III Prize for Libertarian Scholarship and of an Olive W. Garvey Fellowship from the Independent Institute in 2003. He has also been awarded two Humane Studies Fellowships and a Claude R. Lambe Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and a Richard M. Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Cost: $4,000 plus airfare and lodging

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Topics: Conservative Thought Constitution Economics & Capitalism Religious Liberty Role of Government Taxes & Spending


Robert Spencer

Director of Jihad Watch


ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of twelve books, including two New York Times bestsellers, The Truth About Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (both Regnery). His latest book is Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry Into Islam's Obscure Origins (ISI).

Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group, the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the U.S. intelligence community.

Spencer is the Associate Director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). He is a weekly columnist for PJ Media, FrontPage Magazine, and AtlasShrugs.com, and has written eleven monographs and well over three hundred articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism.

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Topics: Constitution Energy and the Environment Foreign Policy Radical Islam Taxes & Spending


Catherine Davis

Founder and President of The Restoration Project

Catherine Davis, the Founder and President of The Restoration Project, a pro-family, prolife organization that works to inform, educate and activate concerned citizens on the impact of America’s public policy and culture on Black life and the family.  Catherine is a seasoned community activist and human resources professional who has worked in a variety of environments including a Fortune 40 corporation, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and state government. A former candidate for Congress in Georgia’s 4th district, Catherine has worked on a number of political campaigns at the local, state and federal level. She has served as Legislative Director for the Network of Politically Active Christians, and Director of Minority Outreach for Georgia Right to Life. Catherine is a founding core member of the Black Pro-life Coalition who serves on their executive committee. She serves on Care Net Urban’s Life Ambassador Council and Online for Life’s advisory board. Catherine is a Pastor at The Father’s House and is a sought after public speaker that routinely brings new insight from a Biblical world view to issues of the day.

Cost: $500 plus airfare, lodging, and meals

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Topics: Abortion Second Amendment Taxes & Spending Traditional Values


Daniel D'Amico

Assistant Professor of Economics at Loyola University


Daniel J. D’Amico completed his economics Ph.D. from George Mason University in 2008 with field examinations in Constitutional Political Economy and Austrian Economics. His doctoral dissertation, “The Imprisoner’s Dilemma: The Political Economy of Proportionate Punishment,” was awarded the Israel M. Kirzner Award for best dissertation in Austrian Economics by the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. In 2011 his paper, “The Prison in Economics: Private and Public Incarceration in Ancient Greece,” was awarded the Gordon Tullock Prize for best paper published in Public Choice by a scholar under 40.

Daniel’s research has been published in a variety of scholarly outlets including Public Choice, Advances in Austrian Economics, The Journal of Private Enterprise, The Review of Austrian Economics, and the Erasmus Journal of Philosophy and Economics. He sits on the editorial board of Studies in Emergent Order and is on the executive committee for the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. Daniel is an affiliated scholar with the Molinari Institute and the workshop in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at George Mason University. Daniel delivers summer lectures and seminars for several educational outreach organizations including the Institute for Humane Studies and the Foundation for Economic Education.

Daniel is the William Barnett Professor of Free Enterprise Studies and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Loyola University in New Orleans where he has received awards for teaching, research and service. He is also the faculty advisor for the Loyola Economics Club.

Daniel’s current research is focused upon applying insights from Austrian Economics, Public Choice Theory and New Institutional Economics to understand the processes of social change surrounding punishment and incarceration through history and in the United States today.

Daniel adheres to the fundamental belief that ideas matter.

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Topics: Economics & Capitalism Liberty Role of Government Taxes & Spending


"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke

Throughout most of its modern history, the pro-liberty movement has been plagued by one problem: a lack of action.  Unlike the political left, conservatives have historically been happy to simply vote and contribute to campaigns and causes - nothing more.

Following the recent expansion of government with corporate bailouts, economic stimulus and government-run healthcare, conservatives finally decided to fight back.  The year 2009 saw the first "Tea Party" events spring up around the country in protest of big government, high taxes and ignorance to the Constitution.   Soon, the movement exploded into a grassroots force of millions of Americans that would lead to the biggest takeover of Congress in 70 years.

Around April 15th, you can continue the fight for limited government and personal freedom by holding your own Tea Party rally! Bring in a speaker to fire up your activists and supporters.  Carry signs and show your support for a return to America's founding principles.  Fight back against the left and their agenda of more government, more taxes and more spending!

How to Take Action:

1.  Find a speaker A successful Tea Party event requires a speaker who can energize your crowd.  Ask local conservative activists or office holders if they would be interested in addressing your event.  If you are unable to find a suitable speaker, contact us at Campus Reform for assistance with booking and financing.  Because speaking engagements take time to schedule and organize, you should book your speaker 3 - 5 months in advance.

2.  Reserve space on campus.  Choose a date and time that is convenient for your speaker and that will attract a larger audience.  For the same reason, select a location with high visibility, such as the center of campus or along a major road.  Depending on where you hold your demonstration, you will need to obtain permission from your university administration or local government.  In general, demonstrations are permissible as long as they are on public property and do not block pedestrian or vehicle traffic.

3.  Collect the materials.  The most important thing you will need for your Tea Party is a sound system or bullhorn.  You should be able to secure some type of sound system from your university's event services department.  Depending on the location of your event, you may also want a raised platform for speakers to address the crowd from.  Other necessary materials will include posterboard and markers for signs, flyers for advertisement, information on your organization, and an American flag.

4.  Invite allied organizationsAsk other conservative and libertarian organizations on campus or within the community to join you in your protest.  You may also ask them to assist you in purchasing supplies and funding your speaker.  This is a great way to strengthen cooperation between different groups and to increase attendance.

5.  Hold a planning meeting. Before the rally, hold a meeting to make signs, create a program, write chants, go over talking points, and prepare your publicity plans. 

6.  Advertise.  Attendance is vital to the success of any rally.  It is extremely important that you advertise correctly in order to ensure the maximum attendance at your event.  Start by creating and posting fliers across campus explaining the purpose, details, date, time, and location of your rally.  You should also deliver fliers to local businesses and other organizations that might be friendly to your cause.  Use Facebook and Twitter to spread the word as well and ask co-sponsoring organizations to tell their members about the event.  Most important, send a press release to local media outlets to advertise the event throughout the community where you are likely to gain more support.

7.   Prepare for opposition.   Have a video camera available at all times and be ready to record any verbal or physical aggression.  If someone acts out in anger or violence, ask them why he or she opposed your right to exercise free speech.

8.  Take back your country!  On the day of the rally, arrive early at the location to set up.  Have volunteers bring signs, flags and anything else that would show their support for the cause.  When other attendees begin to arrive, display your signs and flags.  Make sure that your members are motivated and spread out throughout the crowd.  Introduce speakers, with your most exciting speaker at the end of your program.  In between speeches, chant the slogans that your group wrote at the planning meeting.  Be sure to pass out informational fliers regarding your organization to other students in attendance.

9.  Advertise again.  Following your rally, send another press release with high-quality pictures to local media.  Make yourself (or a well-spoken group member) available for interviews with local radio and television stations.  Positive news coverage is important to the success of your event in the eyes of the general public.

Topics: Taxes & Spending


Phil Valentine 

Host, The Phil Valentine Show

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated radio talk show, The Phil Valentine Show, which is heard in about 100 markets across the United States. He has been named by Talkers Magazine as one of the Heavy Hundred: The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America and is listed by Talkers as one of the top 100 talk show hosts of all time.  He is the author of several books including The Conservative's Handbook, Tax Revolt and Right from the Heart.  

His film, An Inconsistent Truth, is winner of three film festival awards including Best Documentary at the Nevada Film Festival and the Excellence in Filmmaking award from the Anthem Film Festival.  An Inconsistent Truth is the 20th top grossing nature documentary of all time at the box office.  It grossed more than notable films GaslandFuel and Cool It.

Valentine's talk show in his home market is the most listened to talk show in Nashville, routinely garnering twice the listeners of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.  His show is the recipient of 18 AIR Awards and three prestigious New York Festivals awards including the Gold World Medal for Best Talk Show.

Cost: $2,000 plus travel expenses & lodging

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Topics: Conservative Thought Constitution Economics & Capitalism Energy and the Environment Liberty Taxes & Spending