Testimonies and Speeches
The NCPA has a highly effective office in Washington, D.C. that sponsors Capitol Hill briefings, conferences and testimony by NCPA experts before congressional committees. The NCPA serves as a source of "outside the Beltway" thinking for Capitol Hill deliberations.
Feb 11, 2015
"Challenges Facing Low-Income Individuals and Families in Today’s Economy"
During a time when people reflect on the struggles and accomplishments of African-Americans over many decades, many agree that “more can be done” to ensure economic opportunity for all Americans. But the demand that the “more” must be done by government through a stronger safety net, wealth redistribution and mandated equality measures overshadows the years of evidence that more often than not, government programs fail. Over the past 30 years, NCPA has published a number of studies describing the effects. Many of these efforts discourage wise choices, limit educational opportunities and create burdensome regulations that hinder entrepreneurship.
Sep 17, 2014
“Strengthening Private Employer Pension Plans”
On February 4th, 2009, before another Committee in this House, John C. Bogle, founder and former chief executive of The Vanguard Group, testified:
"Our nation's system of retirement security is imperiled, headed for a serious train wreck. That wreck is not merely waiting to happen; we are running on a dangerous track that is leading directly to a serious crash that will disable major parts of our retirement system. Federal support-which, in today's world, is already being tapped at unprecedented levels-seems to be the only short-term remedy. But long-term reforms in our retirement funding system, if only we have the wisdom and courage to implement them, can move us to a better path toward retirement security for the nation's workers."
In this context, wisdom means that we have made the investment necessary to unconditionally know-our-stuff!
And courage means that our unalienable sense of ethics and morality empowers us to do the right thing.
Jul 29, 2014
Subcommittee on Social Security
Chairman Johnson and Other Distinguished Members of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security,
It is an honor to testify to you today about Social Security. I view Social Security as a fantastic, yet catastrophic success. The system has been a lifeline for generations of Americans who would otherwise have spent their retirements in abject poverty. And it has provided essential disability insurance, survivor insurance, divorce insurance, spousal dependency, child dependency, and parent dependency insurance.
Jun 18, 2014
Taxpayers Deserve To Know Their Exposure To Shortfalls In Obamacare’s So-Called Private Health-Insurance Exchanges
Chairman Jordan and Members of the Committee, I am John R. Graham, Senior Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization dedicated to developing and promoting private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. I welcome the opportunity to share my views and look forward to your questions.
Mar 12, 2014
Chairman Harkin and members of the Committee, I am David R. Henderson, Research Fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). The NCPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization dedicated to developing and promoting private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. I welcome the opportunity to share my views and research findings on proposals to raise the minimum wage.