NCPA Media: NCPA in the News

  • Jan 08, 2005

    STATE OF FEAR - OR SMEAR

    Global warming is hot! - pun fully intended. Within the space of a year, a blockbuster action movie and now a sure-to-be best-selling novel have both focused on the perils and political intrigues surrounding the question of whether, or to what extent, humans are causing the planet to overheat with all manner of apocalyptic results.


  • Jan 03, 2005

    America the "Stingy"? Hardly

    The other day, a United Nations official accused the U.S. of being "stingy" in terms of aid to tsunami victims in South Asia.

    After criticism from the State Department, the official clarified his position. Americans aren't being stingy in helping tsunami victims, only stingy in terms of overall foreign aid compared with other countries.


  • Jul 04, 2004

    Minimum wage rise results in job cuts

    Raising the minimum wage is back. Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has announced his intention to increase the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7 an hour by 2007. This latest proposal follows an earlier plan by Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., to boost the minimum wage as part of an amendment to welfare reform reauthorization.


  • Jul 04, 2004

    Over the Counter, Yes, but Out of the Insurance Plan

    A YEAR ago, Carrie Howland's 4-year-old son, Bobby, who has Down syndrome and Hirschsprung's disease, which affects his colon, was taking one prescription heartburn pill a day. But when the medication, Prilosec, became available over the counter in June 2003, Bobby's insurer stopped paying for it.


  • Jul 01, 2004

    Those Were the Days

    The death of Ronald Reagan led many of his liberal opponents to reassess his presidency, with some concluding that it was better than they thought at the time. The publication of Bill Clinton's memoir, meanwhile, has led many conservatives to reassess his presidency -- and most have concluded that it was as awful as they remembered.


  • Jun 30, 2004

    Rate hike fodder for Bush, Kerry camps

    Even before the Federal Reserve followed through on long-held expectations for a rate hike, aides to President Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry argued over what the move said about the economy.


  • Jun 24, 2004

    The Shipping News

    In a recent interview, Nobel Prize-winning economist James Buchanan lamented the incentive structure in academia, which tends to reward those who find exceptions to accepted economic principles. By contrast, those who restate them -- however opaquely, in the academic fashion -- find themselves somewhere down the list of desirable tenure candidates.


  • Jun 24, 2004

    A bonus for staying at home Full-time parenting is better than you think, for family and finances

    Question: My husband and I need assistance figuring out the tax benefit, if any, if I stay home with our son.

    Currently, my husband makes $52,000. After 403(b) contributions, health insurance, etc., he brings home $49,000 after taxes...