Henry Olsen Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

Why Donald Trump May Lose Influence in the Republican Party

Common wisdom holds that former president Donald Trump remains the dominant force within the Republican Party. The truth is that his personal influence and standing are not as powerful as many imagine, and his power is as likely to decline as it is to increase.

Republicans Won an Election in a Heavily Latino Texas City. Democrats Should Be Nervous.

Democrats are goners throughout the Southwest if Republicans can ever seriously compete for Hispanic voters.

Withdrawing from Afghanistan Is Hindering U.S. Military Readiness. That Proves Why It’s the Right Move.

The deployment of the USS Ronald Reagan to support the withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan highlights the massive gap between U.S. global commitments and U.S. military power.

The Critics Are Wrong. Florida’s Social Media Law Is a Necessary Protection of Political Speech.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is receiving fire for signing a bill on Monday that bans social media giants such as Twitter and Facebook from censoring posts from registered political candidates. The critics are wrong: The law enhances political speech at a minimal cost to the affected companies.

Here Are Spending Cuts That All Republicans Can Get Behind

The House Republican Study Committee’s alternative budget may be too libertarian-inspired to serve as the template for GOP policy, but that doesn’t mean that a suitable budget for the emerging conservative-populist alliance shouldn’t include big cuts in federal spending that both traditional conservatives and populists can endorse.

The Supreme Court Can Finally Overturn ‘Roe v. Wade.’ It Should Do It.

The Supreme Court’s decision to review the constitutionality of Mississippi’s ban on almost all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy will likely be a watershed in the nearly 50-year battle over Roe v. Wade.

The Left-Wing Divide on Israel-Palestine is Going to Be a Problem for Joe Biden

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas shows how difficult, if not impossible, it will be to settle the dispute. It also puts a spotlight on how difficult it will be for President Biden to navigate the issue within his own party.

Are Unemployment Benefits Keeping People From Working? We Will Soon Have an Answer

Republicans and businesses have been complaining that workers are not taking available jobs because they can make more on unemployment. As Republican-led states repeal the federal supplemental unemployment benefits program, we will soon know whether this complaint has merit.

Britain’s Labour Party Just Collapsed in Blue-Collar England. Democrats Should Consider Themselves Warned.

Political trends in the United States and Britain have mirrored one another for decades, so the Labour Party’s stunning collapse across blue-collar England in last Thursday’s local elections is a clear warning sign for President Biden and Democrats. A full analysis gives Democrats signs of hope but also shows how difficult it will be to build a durable Democratic coalition.

Elise Stefanik Could Be Just What the GOP Needs

Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) seems tapped to succeed Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) as the third-ranking member of House Republican leadership. Despite misgivings among more conservative members of the party, Stefanik could be just the type of new leader the GOP needs.