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The legitimacy crisis

American government - at all levels - is losing the legitimacy it needs to function. Or, perhaps, some segments of the government have already lost it.

May 10, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Depressed journalists are depressing nation

I am far more pessimistic about our political system than most Americans. At the same time, I am very optimistic about the future of our nation. That may seem like an odd combination to some, but I am optimistic because I recognize that Washington, D.C., does not lead the nation.

April 26, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Technology will trump ‘Bootleggers’ mentality

In recent weeks, I've written about how the "Bootleggers and Baptists" dynamic corrupts regulatory politics. Bruce Yandle developed this concept decades ago. He observed that Prohibition became reality because Baptists wanted people to stop drinking while the ban on legal alcohol put money in the Bootlegger's pockets. The do-gooders succeeded only because the money-grubbers joined their effort.

April 12, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


GE and America’s corporate bootleggers

I recently highlighted an important book that describes how politics really works. "Bootleggers and Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics," by Adam Smith and Bruce Yandle, showed that prohibition became reality because it appeared to satisfy both Baptists and Bootleggers.

April 05, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


President Spock?

The death of Leonard Nimoy saddened millions of Trekkies around the world (including me). But it wasn't just Trekkies who mourned. In the past month, it has become clear that Mr. Spock - the character Nimoy brought to life - had become a cultural icon extending far beyond the Trek universe.

March 29, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


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Americans want to exercise their rights

As Americans, we tend to believe we have the right to do whatever we want, so long as it doesn't interfere with the rights of others.

July 13, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Americans embrace the spirit of ’76

Our nation's 237th birthday is being celebrated in many ways that have become familiar over the years.

July 06, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Holiday road work

To help motorists better enjoy July 4 and the holiday weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation said it is restricting construction-related lane closures from noon on Wednesday, July 3, through 5 a.m. on Monday, July 8.

June 27, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | LOCAL


Rasmussen: Looking for heroes in the NSA scandal

While recognizing that it's important to fight terrorism with all of the tools at our disposal, the American people are having a hard time finding good guys in the story about the National Security Agency's surveillance program.

June 22, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Looking for heroes in the NSA scandal

While recognizing that it's important to fight terrorism with all of the tools at our disposal, the American people are having a hard time finding good guys in the story about the National Security Agency's surveillance program.

June 22, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Washington, we have a problem

Another week, another controversy in official Washington.

June 15, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | OPINION


Rasmussen: Immigration reform

Many pundits assumed that this would be the year that comprehensive immigration reform became law. The conventional wisdom was that President Obama's re-election and his strong showing among Hispanic voters would force Republicans to go along.

June 08, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Rasmussen: Consumers set to repeal a big part of the health care law

Most stories about the president's health care law these days are about the challenges of implementation and the complexity of setting up exchanges. But that's not where the action is.

June 01, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


It looks and quacks like a scandal

Despite a tough couple of weeks, President Obama's job approval ratings are holding up fairly well. As I write this, 47 percent of voters nationwide offer their approval.

May 25, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Americans want choices, not policies

There are many ways to describe the enormous gap between the American people and their elected politicians.

May 04, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Americans take terrorism in stride

The news from Boston over the past couple of weeks has been the stuff of nightmares.

April 27, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


GOP needs to get over the makers vs. takers mindset

Mitt Romney's secretly recorded comment that 47 percent of Americans are "dependent on the government" and "believe they are victims" isn't the only reason he lost the presidential campaign.

April 20, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Gun debate highlights voter distrust

Gun control advocates sound puzzled by congressional resistance to relatively modest gun control legislation. Many cite a poll showing 90 percent of Americans support more background checks and suggest the National Rifle Association is the only reason Congress won't implement the will of the people.

April 13, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Health care law now faces U.S. consumer

President Obama handily defeated congressional Republicans in the political fight over his health care law. But the law will now face a much tougher opponent -- the creativity of Americans determined to gain more control over their own health care decisions. The end result will be a system much different than the president hopes for -- and his opponents fear.

March 09, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Rasmussen: Plain English about spending cuts

To borrow a phrase, mainstream America and Washington's political class have become two nations separated by a common language.

March 02, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


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