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Government Issues

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...

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Concealed Carry Ban in Illinois

The state of Illinois has had its ban on carrying concealed weapons overturned by the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; the decision cites research by Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Food Truck Freedom

Food trucks should be inspected when they are first permitted and periodically when they are in the field, holding them to the same standards as restaurants...

Is the U.S. Postal Service Like Greece?

The U.S. Postal Service has reduced its total workforce by 30 percent from 1999 to 2011, primarily through attrition and buyouts, while maintaining acceptable service quality...


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