Daily Policy Digest

Government Issues

Who Plans Best for Natural Disasters?

The private sector can quickly move supplies because they have decentralized and local knowledge, giving employees a lot of discretion on how best to respond when natural disasters occur...

Libertarian Roots of the Tea Party

Forty-eight percent of tea partiers consider themselves libertarians while 51 percent said they held traditional conservative views...

Affordable Care Act Adapts the Worst of Swisscare, Rejects the Best

By assigning individuals responsibility for securing their own health insurance, the Swiss system demands that its citizens be cost-conscious...

Midnight Regulation: Decisions in the Dark

Rushed midnight regulations are an average of 4.3 points worse on the Mercatus Center's Regulatory Report Card than non-midnight regulations...

To Avoid Massive Tax Hikes, Privatize State Lotteries

Private lottery companies have an incentive to maximize efficiency and profit to meet demand, whereas publicly run lotteries don't focus on a bottom line...

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Rules Won't Do Much Good

Three thousand people die each year of food-borne illnesses, but it is unlikely that new rules from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will do anything to change that...

Saving the American Dream

Medicare and Social Security face $40 trillion in unfunded obligations - about $200,000 per person...

The Regulatory Cliff Is Nearly as Steep as the Fiscal One

The Environmental Protection Agency's 2010 Ozone Rule would create a limit on ozone output so strict that 85 percent of U.S. counties would be in violation...

Regulation, Market Structure and Role of the Credit Rating Agencies

The federal government's role in creating de facto supreme credit rating agencies undermined the agencies' incentives to behave and operate properly...

Would the U.S. Postal Service Be Financially Stronger If It Sold Non-Postal Products?

Diversified products, such as non-postal services, contributed 63 percent of foreign posts' total revenue in 2008, up from 49 percent in 2003...


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