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.

Principles of a Flat Tax

There is a better way of taxing. Under a flat tax, all income is taxed, and it is taxed at the same rate. Furthermore, income is taxed only once, at its source, when it is realized.

Benefits of the Flat Tax

A flat or single-rate income tax would replace the current system of five rates and hundreds of deductions, credits, exclusions, etc. This change is grounded in widely accepted principles of taxation.

Making A Bad Program Worse - Clinton's Attempt at Medicaid Reform

Should Medicaid - the federal-state health insurance program for the poor - remain a federal entitlement or should the funds be turned over to state and local governments?

Why the Government Shut Down

The recent shutdown of parts of the federal government lasted 21 days and ended on January 5.  It idled thousands of federal employees and closed numerous government agencies.

Private Prisons Succeed

Clear and convincing evidence from the United States and elsewhere shows that privatizing criminal correctional facilities results in better public service at a lower cost than government operation.

A "Long-Term" Solution to a Medicaid Problem

The spending explosion in long-term care is in large part a direct result of perverse federal income tax incentives that subsidize insurance for current medical expenses but penalize insurance for lon…

Answers for Seniors About Medicare Reform

This Brief Analysis looks at the problems facing Medicare and answers some of the questions seniors have about the program.

Is Preventive Medical Care Cost-Effective?

Studies show that in many cases preventive medical care not only does not save money, it also may do little to prolong life.