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.

The Republicans' Pro-Growth Contract

The partisan battle over the Republicans' "Contract With America" has obscured the fact that at least six of the contracts proposals would, if enacted, stimulate economic growth.

The Case for a Capital Gains Tax Cut

The 1986 Tax Reform Act increased the maximum tax rate on capital gains income from 20 percent to 28 percent. This 40 percent tax hike has reduced government revenues, discouraged entrepreneurship and…

The Armey Flat Tax

The Freedom and Fairness Restoration Act would scrap virtually all current deductions, credits, exclusions and exemptions, as well as the five current tax brackets. In their place, it would establish…

California's Single-Payer Initiative

The government of California would pay for most health care through higher taxes, requiring the state's entire health care system to be remade by state government and micromanaged by a new, all-powerf…

Evaluating the Clinton Economic Plan

By 1997, every major economic indicator will be worse than it would have been had Bill Clinton done nothing. Unemployment will be higher, inflation will be higher and real economic growth will be lowe…

Answering the Critics of Medical Savings Accounts: Part II

Medical Savings Accounts are being attacked on the left, on the right and by special interests. The most vocal criticism comes from large insurance companies who fear a huge loss of premium income if…

Answering the Critics of Medical Savings Accounts: Part I

Medical Savings Accounts are being attacked on the left, on the right and by special interests. The most vocal criticism comes from large insurance companies who fear a huge loss of premium income if…

Two Cheers for Michel-Lott

The Michel-Lott plan builds on key reform ideas developed by the National Center for Policy Analysis.  However, some benefits of the reforms would be diluted by unnecessary insurance regulations that…