Issue Briefs

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…

Which Is Better for the Environment: Transit or Roads?

The main problem with rail transit is that, compared with driving, transit is slow, inconvenient and expensive. Although some rail lines may bypass congested roads, most people do not live and work ri…

A Healthcare Contract with America

Critics of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) need an alternative vision. What follows is a short explanation of the core ideas posted at the Congressional Health Care Caucus and developed in greater…

Disability versus Work

Entitlement reforms usually focus on changes in Social Security retirement benefits and Medicare. However, the disability component of Social Security is growing faster than retirement benefits and r…

Finding Sources of Rare Earths beyond China

The United States can create jobs, reduce reliance on foreign imports and improve national security by encouraging the domestic exploration and production of rare earth elements currently imported fro…