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.

Superfund: History of Failure

Superfund was scheduled to be reauthorized in 1995, and its authority to level taxes on private companies expired at year's end. If Congress fails to reauthorize the program and the taxes, Superfund w…

Solving the Problem of Health Insurance Portability

The problem of health insurance portability can be resolved without costing the federal government additional money or distorting the health insurance market for other customers.

Portability: Is Kassebaum/Kennedy the Answer?

While solving the problem of the 1 percent of the population that lacks health insurance because they have been denied coverage due to a preexisting condition, this bill would create even greater prob…

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.