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  • Oct 16, 2003

    How Not to Negotiate

    To put it mildly, the current Medicare debate is not the conservative movement's finest hour. Not only are a Republican president and Congress doing everything they can to create an explosive new entitlement, but key conservative groups are attacking one of few genuine free-market reforms before the House-Senate conference committee. These conservatives have managed a trifecta: a policy, tactical, and political blunder - all before the relevant negotiations have begun.


  • Oct 14, 2003

    Oil from refuge would enhance security

    Oil, the dominant source of energy for transportation, is more than a fuel source, however. Petroleum is a feedstock for plastics, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, lubricants and construction materials. This means that if we wish to continue our standard of living, we will need oil well into this century.


  • Oct 13, 2003

    Is clean-air plan a step back? – NO

    Using a coal-fired power plant in Monroe , Mich. , as a backdrop, President Bush recently touted his plan to speed up the modernization of older utilities by replacing decaying and polluting equipment with newer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient technology.


  • Oct 01, 2003

    Have employees control health care spending

    Personal health accounts are the future of health insurance. Like other forms of employer-sponsored health coverage, employers make deposits into accounts for employees, but they also purchase a low-cost, catastrophic (major medical) health insurance with a high deductible for the employee.


  • Oct 01, 2003

    Supply-side recognizance

    One of the rare civil criticisms I got came from my friends at TAPPED, the Web log of the liberal American Prospect magazine. Their point is that Mr. Krugman was justified in his attack because supply-siders have no academic allies, despite a large number of conservative economics professors. "Supply-side ideas simply won't stand up under scrutiny," TAPPED wrote.


  • Sep 30, 2003

    National Post - September 30, 2003

    Contrary to a widespread misconception promoted by Princeton economist Paul Krugman and others, supply-siders have academic allies. Take, for example, a recent paper from the International Monetary Fund, An Analysis of the Underground Economy and Its Macroeconomic Consequences. "Our model simulations show that in the absence of budgetary flexibility to adjust expenditures, raising tax rates too high drives firms into the underground economy, thereby reducing the tax base."


  • Sep 29, 2003

    Consumers can keep prescriptions within reach

    While President Bush and Congress tussle over the details of legislation that would introduce drug benefits to Medicare, seniors and those without private insurance continue to pay a heavy price for their medications. The insured, too, are paying more as companies shift more costs to employees.


  • Sep 25, 2003

    Czech list for reform

    When Vaclav Klaus was inaugurated as president of the Czech Republic in March, he declined to deliver his first address from a balcony of the spectacular old palace overlooking the square.