David A. Ridenour

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David A. Ridenour (March 28, 1962–) is Vice President of The National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative, non-profit, educational foundation based in Washington, D.C.

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  • “[During the]...’Decade of Greed,’ the United States experienced the greatest economic boom in its history… huge strides were made in economic opportunities for minorities, and Americans gave to charities at record levels. If this is what it means to have a ‘Decade of Greed,’ let’s have another.”
    • David A. Ridenour, "Reagan Years of 'Greed' Paid Off," Philadelphia Inquirer, September 21, 1991


  • “No wonder health care seems less expensive in Canada – service that cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars each year are simply not counted under the Canadian system… Americans actually get more for their health care dollars than Canadians.”
    • David A. Ridenour, "The Wrong Way to Health Care," The New York Times, February 7, 1992


  • “At the 1992 Republican National Convention, Pat Buchanan called Democrats political cross-dressers for attempting portray themselves… as something they weren’t… Until recently, I had assumed he meant this as a criticism.”
    • David A. Ridenour, "Say it Ain't So, Pat," Tampa Tribune, November 21, 1995
    • Referring to Pat Buchanan's characterization of a 40% increase in Medicare spending over seven years as a "cut."


  • “With environmental progress continuing, environmental consciousness high among the American people and the environmental movement increasingly viewed as an obstacle to further environmental progress, both Earth Day and the environmental movement may have run their course.”
    • David A. Ridenour, "Earth Day May No Longer Be Needed," National Policy Analysis #191,March 1998.


  • “The protections offered to private landowners are a lot like having the French on your side in war – largely symbolic."
    • National Center for Public Policy Research press release, July 26, 2005.
    • Referring to the initial draft of an Endangered Species Act reform bill.


  • “Stop complaining about the price of your gas. Be thankful your car doesn't run on bottled water.”
    • David A. Ridenour, "If Your Car Ran on Bottled Water, You'd be Paying $6.40 a Gallon," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 1, 2006


  • “Scientific method isn't about winning popularity contests. It's also not about being with the majority opinion. It isn't supposed be determined by politics. It is about attempting to limit bias or prejudice in the results.”
    • David A. Ridenour, "Senators Try to Stifle the Global Warming Debate," Chicago Sun Times, November 16, 2006


  • “…Copernicus was condemned for suggesting that the sun… was the center of our universe… Giordano Bruno was persecuted, and… burned at the stake for arguing that space extended beyond our solar system…. William Harvey was condemned… for suggesting that the heart was the center of the body's circulatory system… Each ultimately was proven to be correct…. Today U.S. Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) are engaging in persecution of their own, attempting to silence dissenting voices [on climate change].”
    • David A. Ridenour, "Senators Try to Stifle the Global Warming Debate," Chicago Sun Times, November 16, 2006


  • "David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research says people who claim rising temperatures will lead to more intense hurricanes 'appear to be relying upon political science, not climate science.'"
    • Britt Hume, "Is Global Warming Theory Based on 'Political Science, Not Climate Science?'" Fox News, December 1, 2006