Daily Policy Digest

Government Issues

Restoring Trust in Mortgage-Backed Securities

There remains profound lack of confidence in the models used by credit rating agencies to assess residential mortgage-backed securities...

Growing Gap in Favorable Views of Federal, State Governments

Just a third of Americans have a favorable opinion of the federal government, the lowest positive rating in 15 years...

Gaining Public Support for Freeway Congestion Pricing

If revenues from tolls were allocated exclusively to road construction/maintenance, consumers would likely be more amenable to them...

Why Congress Must Confront the Administrative State

The Small Business Administration last year estimated that the total cost of America's regulatory burden reached $1.75 trillion...

War and Presidential Greatness

A new study points to the number of wartime military casualties per capita as the single most significant indicator of popularly perceived presidential greatness...

Social Security by Choice

A middle-income worker making $51,200 would get about $1,540 monthly from Social Security, but $3,600 from the Alternate Plan in place in three Texas counties...

Does Product Liability Make Us Safer?

As of 2008 there had been 100 punitive awards allowed by the tort system, defined as financial amounts that reached or exceeded the $100 million threshold...

Women vs. the State

Unless a wife makes more than her husband (and 72 percent do not), the government will tax the first dollar the wife earns at her husband's highest marginal rate...

Why the U.S. Postal Service Is in Greater Financial Trouble than Most Foreign Postal Services

The efficacy of foreign posts in staying financially solvent proves that mail delivery can remain profitable despite technological advances...

Parking Minimums Create Too Many Parking Spots

Regulations enforcing parking minimums produce a surplus of spaces beyond what is efficient...


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