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.

Wrong Medicine at the Wrong Time

With Medicare teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, President Clinton is proposing to add more beneficiaries and more costs. Specifically, all Americans ages 62 to 64 (the Medicare eligibility age is 6…

Can the IRS Be Reformed?

Since ancient times, people have feared and suffered at the hands of tax collectors. The ancient writer Lactantius tells us that Roman tax collectors would always double the tax when they were sent to…

Can We Afford Consumer Protection? An Analysis of the PARCA Bill

Despite a new government study showing that the rising cost of premiums is the main reason a growing number of people don't have health insurance, more than 200 members of Congress have cosponsored le…

Crime Is Down Because Punishment Is Up

The amount of serious crime has decreased in most towns and cities across the country. New York City, for example, had fewer than 1,000 murders in 1996, the lowest number in nearly 30 years. Overall c…

No Smoking Guns: Answering Objections to Right-to-Carry Laws

Since 1986 the number of states in which it is legal to carry concealed weapons has grown from nine to 31, representing 49 percent of the country's population. Should we feel safer?

The Economic Impact of Prison Labor

The unemployment rate stands at 4.9 percent, the lowest since the Vietnam war. Employers looking for workers are finding that the supply of labor, even unskilled labor, is tight. However, more than a…

Day Care: Children vs. Government

At a recent White House conference on child care, President Clinton called the day care market "dysfunctional." First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton complained of a "silent crisis" in child care. Both th…

Who's Afraid of Patient Choice?

Should patients, in consultation with their physicians, be allowed to make their own health care decisions? Or must bureaucrats protect patients from themselves and their doctors? These questions are…




 
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