Issue Briefs

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 (…

Which Federal Policies Help or Hurt Economic Growth?

In the last several years Washington has experimented with larger economic interventions than ever before — yet, year after year, the economy merely trudges along.  The recovery from the 2008-2009 rec…

Save Our Seniors by Delaying ObamaCare

Regardless of whether they are supporters or opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or ObamaCare) members of Congress will have to revisit the legislation soon to correct some serious flaws. Here…

A Better Way to Track Unemployment

The headline unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent for June 2012 — down from 9.1 percent one year earlier. A declining unemployment rate is encouraging. But some of the improvement has come from those…

The Defense Implications of Rare Earth Shortages

Rare earth elements are used in everyday products: smart phones, hard disc drives, flat-screen televisions and advanced batteries. They are essential to such 'green' technologies as wind turbines, com…