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.

Federal Budget Issue: Do We Need an Energy Tax?

Bill Clinton's economic program calls for some $295 billion in taxes over the next five years. To put this tax hike in perspective: the adminis-tration's tax proposal is about twice the size of Presid…

President Clinton's Economic Plan

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) has completed a fonnal forecast of the effects of President Clinton's economic plan. The forecast assumes adoption of the plan in full, including all tax…

Why Bush Lost the Election: Ten Lessons for the Clinton Administration

According to the political pundits, a lackluster economy is the main reason President Bush lost the election. That judgment is based on solid economic evidence:

Why Does Crime Pay?

America is burdened by an appalling amount of crime.  Although the crime rate is not soaring as it did during the 1960s and 1970s, we still have more crimes per capita than any other developed country…

The Perot Economic Plan

In contrast to George Bush and Bill Clinton, Ross Perot has proposed a serious plan to reduce the federal deficit. 1 If all of Perot's recommendations were implemented, the plan would reduce deficit s…

A Layperson's Guide to Health Insurance Reform

Serious problems exist in the market for private health insurance.  At both the state and federal levels, a number of proposals perporting to solve these problems would in fact make them worse.  Some…

Bill Clinton's Economic Plan

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton's economic program consists primarily of higher spending, higher taxes and private sector mandates. Although Clinton claims that his program would stimul…

How the Federal Government Is Causing Our Nation's Health Care Crisis

A common assumption behind most health care reform proposals is that the private sector is causing our national health care crisis.  In fundamental ways, the federal government rather than the private…