Issue Briefs

How Green Protectionism Harms Sustainable Forestry, the Environment and the World’s Poor

Under the guise of protecting the world’s forests from unsustainable logging practices, proponents of protectionist trade policies have successfully lobbied for so-called “green” measures. Environment…

Veterans Affairs Fails to Curb Suicide Epidemic

Since the 1990s, veterans, policymakers and health care professionals have expressed concern over veterans’ untreated mental health challenges and high suicide rates. Many veterans experience varying…

The Ups and Downs of Reverse Mortgages

Reverse mortgages, formally known as home equity conversion mortgages (HECM), allow seniors to tap into their home equity and receive a lump sum or annuity payment during their retirement years. This…

VA Electronic Health Records: What Federally Mandated Health Integration Really Looks Like

Nearly one-fourth of the U.S. population is potentially eligible for veteran benefits and services, including former members of the armed services, spouses, children and survivors. The delivery of med…

Drones: Look to the Sky!

Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, date back to the dawn of modern aviation at Kittyhawk. Modern drones have come about through a combination of technological advancements, including…

The Job Market: Is College Overrated?

The economic downturn that began in 2007 has been particularly hard on both educated workers and employers. However, a 2012 survey from the staffing firm Manpower, Inc. found that nearly half of emplo…

Coal: Beginning the Long Goodbye?

Due to a boom in production and low prices, natural gas now equals coal as the cost-effective fuel of choice for electricity generation. The shift to natural gas comes as many aging coal power plants…

Health Care for All without the Affordable Care Act

The National Center for Policy Analysis has developed a proposal to provide essential health care for all. We can do this with the money that is already in the system. Unlike the Affordable Care Act (…