Ryan McMaken's Blog

Ryan McMaken's Blog

The Pope's Favorite Straw Man: 'Individualism'

The Pope's Favorite Straw Man: 'Individualism'

If Pope Francis wishes to identify institutions that breed conflict and poverty, he'd do better by turning his attention to states and big banks.

3 Lessons Learned from Wisconsin's War on Foreign Butter

3 Lessons Learned from Wisconsin's War on Foreign Butter

A number of Irish citizens were surprised to find out that selling Kerrygold butter — a line of butter produced in Ireland — is a crime in Wisconsin.

Which States Are the Biggest Moochers?

Which States Are the Biggest Moochers?

Since the 2016 election, some Trump critics have trotted out data alleging that states that voted for Trump receive the most federal funding.

Federal Spending Grew Far Less Under Obama Than Under Bush

Federal Spending Grew Far Less Under Obama Than Under Bush

We have the charts to prove it.

Is Trump Fudging Murder Stats to Claim More Power?

Is Trump Fudging Murder Stats to Claim More Power?

Claims that crime and murder rates are at historic highs run counter to the facts.

2016's Homeownership Rate was the Lowest Since 1965

2016's Homeownership Rate was the Lowest Since 1965

Contrary to what we're told by the real estate industry and policymakers, the answer isn't to double down on easy money and more federal programs.