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Government Issues

Honduras Sets Stage for Three Privately Run Cities

In six months, investors will begin constructing three cities in Honduras that are privately run with their own government, laws and tax systems...

Unelected Unions: Why Workers Should Be Allowed to Choose Their Representatives

In Florida, 10 of the largest school districts unionized; only 1 percent of the teachers who voted for the union representatives teach today...

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...


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