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.

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.

Social Security Reform: Other Countries Are Leading the Way

From the inception of Social Security in 1935, politicians have encouraged people to think of the system as similar to private pensions. Private pension plans that invest a person's contributions in s…

Does Welfare Reform Cost More Money?

Work-fare programs in some states already have been successful in getting recipients back to work while decreasing total welfare costs.

Social Security Privatization

A 1994 poll found that more people in their twenties believed in Unidentified Flying Objects than believed they would collect Social Security retirement benefits.

Medical Savings Account Legislation: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

After years of bipartisan legislative proposals to create tax-free Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs), months of partisan congressional wrangling over whether to include MSAs in health insurance reform p…