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Improving Economic Mobility through Increased Savings

Savings -- and, even more important, the culture of saving -- are critical to long-term and consistent movement up the economic ladder...

Can a "Hybrid" Model Save the Post Office?

A new study will analyze the benefits of restoring the U.S. Post Office's financial health by using a "hybrid" model, which would farm out to the private sector postal operations other than the last delivery mile...

How a Federal Menu-Labeling Law Will Harm American Pizza

The delay in implementing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's menu-labeling rule appears to have resulted in an expansion of Congress' original intent...

Patent Reform in the United States: Lessons Learned

The America Invents Act, intended to modernize U.S. patent law, did little to correct or update the lengthy "first to invent" system or the one-year grace period between disclosure and application...

How Government Makes Us Fatter

In 1982 the government told Americans to reduce fat consumption from 40 percent to 30 percent of daily intake; this resulted in Americans eating more carbohydrates, which have contributed to the increase in obesity rates...

Regulatory Benefits: Examining Agency Justification for New Regulations

Eighty-three percent of budget regulations fail to show what their benefits are and/or how they plan to accomplish them...

Can Big Government Be Rolled Back?

American history over the last hundred years has been a story of the growth of the size and powers of government...

Gloomy Voters say Country on Wrong Track, Kids Will Be Poorer

Only 34 percent of people polled feel they will be better off at the end of President Obama's second term than they are right now...

Federal Worker Happiness Drops

On a scale of 100, overall job satisfaction for federal workers was scored at 60.8 -- a 3.2 drop from the previous year and the largest drop since the survey began in 2003...

The Veterans Disability System: Problems and Solutions

It takes about 197 days to complete the average Veterans Affairs Disability claim; by contrast, it takes an average of 111 days for the Social Security Administration to process Disability Insurance claims, say Pamela Villarreal, a senior fellow, and Kyle Buckley, a research associate, at the National Center for Policy Analysis...


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