Timothy P. Carney is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on economic competition, cronyism, civil society, localism, and religion in America. He is concurrently the senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner.
Mr. Carney’s latest book, “Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse” (HarperCollins), was published in February 2019. His previous books include “Obamanomics: How Barack Obama Is Bankrupting You and Enriching His Wall Street Friends, Corporate Lobbyists, and Union Bosses” (Regnery Publishing, 2009) and “The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money” (John Wiley & Sons, 2006), which was awarded the 2008 Culture of Enterprise award by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
In addition to his Washington Examiner columns, Mr. Carney’s work has been published in a variety of magazines, websites, and newspapers, including The Atlantic, New York Post, The New York Times, Reason Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. His television appearances include CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the “PBS NewsHour.”
Mr. Carney has a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis.
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How to avoid child smartphone dependency
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Government can and should solve housing crisis
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Trump’s immigration deterrence policy more humane than Biden’s
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Partisan divide makes a new national service corps impossible
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What Democrats get wrong about misinformation and free speech
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DeSantis is right to oppose government subsidies for Disney
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Blame lockdowns for urban doom loop in Portland, San Francisco
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The government should fund more bike paths
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Biden’s child care subsidies dictate how to raise children
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Blame lockdowns, not COVID-19, for America’s crime wave
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Earth overpopulation is a myth we should all ignore
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Colorado web design lawsuit isn’t really about gay rights
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