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Brian Garst
Brian Garst
Director of Government Affairs, The Center for Freedom and Prosperity
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      Brian Garst

      Brian Garst is the Director of Government Affairs at the Center for Freedom and Prosperity. CF&P works to promote and defend tax competition, financial privacy and fiscal sovereignty.

Puerto Rico Must Save Itself

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - JULY 01:  The Puerto Rican Capitol building is seen as the island's residents deal with the government's $72 billion debt on July 1, 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla said in a speech recently that the people of Puerto Rico will have to make sacrifices and share the responsibilities to help pull the island out of debt. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Puerto Rico's fiscal mess has Congress working frantically to provide “relief.” The island territory is overloaded with debt and cannot meet its obligations, and House Speaker Paul Ryan set March as a deadline for Congress to provide a "responsible solution." Now Washington is busy debating whether to simply bailout Puerto Rico or instead allow it to stiff creditors through bankruptcy. Few seem willing to consider that both options would create terrible precedent and undermine real reforms.

Yes, politicians buy votes

9:28 AM 11/25/2012

If Mitt Romney thought the gotcha-obsessed political press would let him escape into obscurity following his election defeat, he has rather quickly been disabused of the notion. After Romney suggested in a private call with donors that President Obama's re-election campaign was assisted by "gifts" to his strongest voting blocs, the punditry and political class blew a rare bipartisan gasket.

Beware liberals bearing gifts

10:08 PM 11/08/2012

Elections can be hard to predict, though thanks to more sophisticated and voluminous polling data and the greater reliance on statistical analysis afforded by it, it has gotten much easier. But what has always been easy is predicting how liberals will respond to a Republican defeat --- with self-serving offers of ill-conceived advice for how Republicans can turn it around. Republicans, conservatives and advocates of limited government should beware these liberals bearing gifts.

Offshore banking is not a crime

3:29 PM 07/12/2012

In an effort to score political points, Democrats are pounding Mitt Romney over his use of offshore bank accounts. Over the weekend, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin remarked, "You either get a Swiss bank account to conceal what you're doing, or you believe the Swiss franc is stronger than the American dollar." DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently wondered aloud, “Why does an American businessman need a Swiss bank account and secretive investments like that?” Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley even called Romney's Swiss bank account a "bet against America." These attacks reek of populist nonsense tinged with more than a little economic xenophobia.