Policy Backgrounders

Policy Backgrounders are designed as briefing papers on public policy issues for people with limited time and a need to know about public policy issues.

The Texas Grid and U.S. National Security
Causes of the 2008 Financial Crisis
Can Christmas Gift Giving Be the “Waste” Economists Claim?
The Mortgage Meltdown
How Central Bank Planning Ruins Markets
The Great Society Declared War on Marriage: Obamacare Made It Worse

President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty” in 1964 and followed up a year later with an avalanche of domestic social and antipoverty programs known collectively as the Grea…

Litigation Update: the Affordable Care Act

In the five years since Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the validity of the law has been litigated in federal courts…

Critical Minerals: Rare Earths and the U.S. Economy

Rare earths are 17 elements in the Earth’s crust used in a variety of applications, from hybrid cars and x-ray units to cell phones and wind turbines. When it comes to little-known resources, rare ear…




 
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