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  • Jan 27, 2004

    Haunted by tax cuts past

    In the area of taxation, there is probably nothing that drives Democrats crazier than when they hear Republicans praise John F. Kennedy's tax cut and compare their tax cuts to his. Unfortunately, Democrats keep running up against Kennedy's own statements and actions, which show a clear parallel to Republican tax policies since 1980.


  • Jan 27, 2004

    Don't Worry, Be Happy

    In 1958 liberal economist John Kenneth Galbraith's best-selling "The Affluent Society" assured us that living standards had risen so far they couldn't rise any further. In 1960 Prof. Paul Erlich concluded that 65 million Americans would perish from famine in the 1980s and food riots would kill millions more. Scientific American predicted in 1970 that in 20 years the world would be out of lead, zinc, tin, gold and silver. And Jimmy Carter's 1980 "Global 2000" report forecast that mass starvation and superplagues would ravage the globe in the final year of the millennium. They all more or less agreed with English philosopher Thomas Hobbes that our lives would be "solitary, nasty, brutish, and short."


  • Jan 21, 2004

    Manufacturing miscalculations

    Having failed miserably in its effort to shore up U.S. manufacturing with trade protection, it now appears the Bush administration is preparing to use direct government subsidies instead. Like the ill-fated steel tariffs, this effort, too, is doomed to failure.


  • Jan 21, 2004

    Industrial Policy Can't Solve Manufacturing's Difficulties

    Having failed miserably in its effort to shore up U.S. manufacturing with trade protection, it now appears that the Bush administration is preparing to use direct government subsidies instead. Like the ill-fated steel tariffs, this effort, too, is doomed to failure.


  • Dec 26, 2003

    To Your Health - December, 26 2003

    Despite all the controversy about the new Medicare prescription-drug benefit, the law signed by the president this month contains a gem of an idea that should command support across the political spectrum. Beginning Jan. 1, 250 million nonelderly Americans will acquire the right to have a tax-free Health Savings Account.


  • Nov 10, 2003

    Resuscitating the flat tax

    The flat tax is making a comeback. Though banished to the political wilderness after Steve Forbes made it the central issue of his losing 1996 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, interest in the flat tax is perking up again. One of the Democrats running for president could do himself (or herself) a lot of good by picking it up.


  • Nov 09, 2003

    Putting national security first

    National defense is a core function of and a primary justification for national government. An implicit contract exists among a nation's people, its government and its military. The government promises to provide its people and their interests with the best defense possible. It promises to provide the military with the best training and armaments available.


  • Nov 02, 2003

    Strike four on Kyoto

    Thought the Kyoto Protocol to curb global warming was dead? Think again. At least that's what Sens. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Joseph Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, were hoping. In what many thought was a Halloween trick, the two senators tried to bring Kyoto back from the dead with a bill - the "Climate Stewardship Act" - that sought to unilaterally impose many of Kyoto 's restrictions. This despite the fact Kyoto had already experienced three strikes. Let's call this 55-43 defeat strike four.