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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.

Don’t Fall For Air Travel Protectionism Appeals

A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner touches down at San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California, in this April 11, 2015, file photo. REUTERS/Louis Nastro

Days after Emirates Airlines launched a new route from Newark to Athens to Dubai, a coalition representing Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and American Airlines called on the administration to freeze the route, and others from Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, under the Open Skies agreements between the U.S. and Persian Gulf governments. They claim that there is not a "fair playing field" due to illegal subsidies to the state owned airlines. Granting their request would harm American consumers and is not justified under the circumstances.

It’s Time To Bring Email Privacy Into The 21st Century

3:55 PM 01/25/2017

President Trump has made clear that he wants Congress to quickly move to advance his agenda. In addition to the big ticket items like Obamacare repeal and tax reform, Congress should also waste no time in sending the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387) to the president's desk for his signature.

No Investor Should Be Too Connected To Fail

1:06 PM 02/24/2016

Should hedge fund managers be allowed to be too politically connected to fail? The answer might seem obvious, but the responsiveness of regulators and some lawmakers to the self-interested demands of Pershing Square manager Bill Ackman raise serious doubts. If Ackman succeeds in his current effort to enlist the forces of government in destroying another company for personal gain, it will at the least confirm the public's worst fears about cronyism, and likely encourage others to pursue the same strategy.

Puerto Rico Must Save Itself

5:14 PM 01/22/2016

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.