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.

Better Than Medicare

The Republicans have accomplished what no one in the Washington establishment contemplated when the Republican budget blueprint was adopted by Congress earlier this year. They have proposed a Medicare…

The Truth About Wages

Workers have chosen to take more of their compensation in the form of benefits, and their choice is not surprising. Benefits are tax free, whereas wages are taxable.

Controlling Riots: A Sensible Role for a Well-Regulated Militia?

Since the ability to rapidly mobilize large numbers of trained law enforcement authorities is vital to stopping a riot, one solution is greater use of reserve law enforcement officers in an emergency.…

Saving the Medicare System With Medical Savings Accounts

Earlier this year, the National Center for Policy Analysis addressed the Medicare financing crisis with a proposal similar to the one now being considered by the Republican leadership in Congress.

Taxing The Poor

When people on welfare earn income, they face two types of penalties. Not only do they have to pay taxes on their earnings, but they have their welfare benefits reduced as well. This reduction in bene…

The Meat Inspection Debate

Government regulation prohibit measures that could make our food safer.

Why We're Gaining Wetlands

Over the last few years, a largely unnoticed transformation has taken place. Where once wetlands were being drained and filled, today they are being restored at such a rapid pace that the U.S. is now…

Bob Dole's Welfare Reform Plan

Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has introduced a major welfare reform bill.  The bill includes some important provisions, and takes the first steps toward general welfare reform.