Richard McCarty

Richard McCarty is the Director of Research at Americans for Limited Government Foundation and can be reached at

Richard McCarty

Ten policy ideas for Republican candidates for state and local office

By Richard McCarty Thousands of Republican candidates for state and local offices will be on the ballot this fall, and many of them lack the resources to put together a strong policy team. While taxes, abortion, guns, and school choice are all very important issues, they have […]


Seven policy ideas for Republican Congressional candidates

By Richard McCarty This year, hundreds of Republican candidates for federal office will be on the ballot this fall, and many of them lack the resources to put together a strong policy team. While taxes, abortion, guns, school choice immigration, and defense are all very important issues, […]


Trump cements constitutionalist majorities on federal courts with help from GOP Senate

By Richard McCarty During the pandemic, while Do-Nothing Democrats in the House live up to their name, the Republican majority in the Senate has been back at work confirming more of Trump’s judicial nominees to lifetime appointments. Thanks to Senate Republicans, Trump has had more of his judicial […]


Gov. Ralph Northam is proof that Virginia needs a recall election law

By Richard McCarty If there is one thing that is clear from the last few years in Virginia politics, it is that the Commonwealth desperately needs a law to permit recall elections. With his incompetence, radicalism, and scandal, Virginia’s Democrat governor has thoroughly embarrassed what was once […]


Sen. Tim Scott is right, it’s time to stop moving the goalposts and reopen America now

By Richard McCarty Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) is right. On Tuesday, he noted that “we didn’t set out to keep quarantines in place until we found a safe and effective vaccine. That would take too long… We are too often presented with a false dichotomy — either saving […]


Liberal billionaire John Arnold has more dollars than sense

By Richard McCarty Liberal billionaire John Arnold makes no sense. He is worried that the country’s population will decline, but he generously supports the abortion lobby. He is concerned about global warming , but he tore down a historic , old mansion to build a new 20,000 square-foot home, which cannot possibly have […]


Small business owners call for ending the shutdown before it’s too late

By Richard McCarty Over the past six weeks, over 30 million people have applied for unemployment in the U.S. As depressing as these numbers are, it is highly unlikely that the hemorrhaging has stopped. The federal loan fund known as the Paycheck Protection Program was established to […]


Virginia protesters call for the reopening of the Commonwealth economy—before it’s too late

By Richard McCarty Virginia’s capital should be getting used to conservative protests by now. For the third time this year, conservatives flocked to Richmond to protest last week. In January, conservatives assembled to support the Second Amendment and oppose anti-gun legislation. The following month, conservatives rallied in […]


Virginia, time to throw the thugs out

By Richard McCarty Virginia Democrats are incapable of being courteous even in the midst of a pandemic. Due to the coronavirus, the House of Delegates will reconvene this week in a tent; but the Democrat majority did not even have the decency to inform Republican delegates of […]


The country’s well-being depends upon the economy being reopened

By Richard McCarty Some might think it is improper to talk about the economy during a pandemic, but the fact of the matter is that a strong economy is vital to the country’s well-being. A weak economy reduces tax revenues impairing the ability of governments to deliver vital […]


We need to reopen the economy ASAP while there still is an economy

By Richard McCarty The Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, noted last week that the economy is quickly deteriorating – and this is after the Federal Reserve and the federal government have both taken extraordinary measures to shore up the economy. Of course, Powell is not the […]


We need to reopen the economy ASAP before our small businesses are decimated

By Richard McCarty Nearly half of US workers are employed by small business, and the coronavirus and the shutdowns are taking a severe toll on these businesses. According to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 92 percent of small businesses have been harmed by the coronavirus. Of these […]


States must carefully reopen as soon as possible to save small businesses across the country

By Richard McCarty Yesterday, we learned that over 6.6 million people filed for unemployment insurance last week; the week before, over 3.3 million people filed as states have closed their economies. In over 50 years, including during the Great Recession, we never saw numbers that were anywhere […]


Small businesses urge federal and state governments to reopen America ASAP

By Richard McCarty Due in large part to government edicts, religious, social, and political gatherings, have been cancelled or drastically altered to meet government requirements. Schools and colleges have closed so there will be no proms or graduations to attend this spring. Restaurant dining rooms are closed, […]


Should the Constitution be amended to prohibit court-packing?

By Richard McCarty Democrats have been angered and terrified by the progress that President Donald Trump has made in appointing conservative judges to the federal bench, especially to the Supreme Court. As a result, some Democrats are openly advocating for expanding the Court to pack it with […]

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