has more than a decade of experience in tax and budget policy. Before joining Cato, Edwards was senior economist on the Joint Economic Committee examining taxation, Social Security, and entrepreneurship issues. From 1994 to 1998, Edwards was a tax consultant and manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he focused on revenue estimation, tax modeling, tax reform, and international economy issues. From 1992 to 1994, he was an economist with the Tax Foundation and examined federal, state, and local tax and budget policies. Edwards holds a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University. John Samples
directs Cato’s Center for Representative Government which studies how the state encroaches on civil society and the positive contribution of limited constitutional government to liberty. The Center focuses on issues such as campaign finance regulation, delegation of legislative authority, and term limits and more general themes such as the political culture of limited government and the civic virtues necessary for liberty. Samples has published scholarly articles in Society, History of Political Thought
, and Telos
. His opinion writing has been published in, USA Today, New York Daily News
and the Washington Times
. Samples is a Fellow for the Study of American Government at Johns Hopkins University. He has appeared on National Public Radio, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC
. Prior to joining Cato, Samples served eight years as director of Georgetown University Press and, before that, as vice president of the Twentieth Century Fund. He received his B.A.
in political science from Eastern Kentucky University and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University.