Brief Analyses

Restricted to two letter-size pages, a Brief Analysis summarizes some aspect or aspects of a public policy issue, presenting points for consideration in policy debates or responding to points that have been raised during these debates.

TARP: A Loan Not a Gift

In October 2008 Congress passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. The act created a $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) aimed at preventing a meltdown of the banking syst…

What about Those Deficits?

Each year, foreign governments and investors increase their holdings of U.S. debt. In effect, they are lending the United States money to finance its excess of imports over exports. However, continued…

Obama's Tax on Job Creation

The landmark health reform law signed by President Obama will require small businesses to provide health insurance to their employees. This burden will be offset by a tax credit for each employee cove…

Green Jobs: Hope or Hype Redux

On the campaign trail in 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama announced a plan to create five million new "green collar" jobs. Since becoming president, he has repeatedly touted his support for green jobs;…

New Taxes on the Wealthy Are Bad News for Everyone

The new health care law will substantially increase the tax burden of high-income workers and small businesses over the next few years.  Those tax increases could be piled on top of other tax increase…

Nuclear Power Development: Removing Roadblocks

The use of nuclear power to generate electricity is growing worldwide. More than 100 nuclear power plants are under construction or in various stages of planning, and many existing plants are expandin…

Education Vouchers Benefit Edgewood Students

Tuition voucher programs attempt to improve academic performance through school choice. Vouchers pay a set amount to schools chosen by the students' families. Some programs are federally funded (like…

Congress Declares War on HSAs

While Congress has been debating health reform, employers have been creating new consumer-driven health care (CDHC) plans.  In fact, CDHC plans are the only type of health insurance that has been show…