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.

Should We Abolish the Estate Tax?

While the estate and gift tax is insignificant in terms of federal revenue, it is quite significant economically. It wastes resources. It discourages work, saving and investment. And it does virtually…

Answering Critis of The Welfare Reform Act

Critics say the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 goes too far, cutting too much from welfare spending and harming poor children and legal immigrants. Are the cri…

Insuring the Uninsured

The federal government currently subsidizes the employer-provided health insurance of middle- and upper-income workers by about $100 billion a year. By contrast, low-income workers often do not have e…

Is There an "Uninsured Children" Crisis?

Proponents of government intervention want a Medicare program or a resurrection of the failed Clinton health care plan for children. And they are already starting their campaign.

Welfare Reform: Building on a Good Start

Recently enacted welfare reform legislation reverses 61 years of U.S. welfare policy, ending a recipient's entitlement to a welfare check. It's a good start, and one on which the 105th Congress and th…

Some Americans Already Have Privatized Social Security

Most people realize that the Social Security Trust Funds are trust funds in name only and consist of nothing more than IOUs the government owes to itself. However, employees of three Texas counties th…

Speak No Good: The Tragedy of FDA Gag Rules

Sharing information about new drugs and new uses for old drugs is an essential part of physicians' quest to cure disease and save lives. Unfortunately, the federal government often stands in the way.

Global Warming Treaty Costs for the U. S.

The treaty would actually harm American industries and workers, significantly increase the cost of living and contribute little to reducing global warming - if, in fact, it is occurring.