Daily Policy Digest

Government Issues

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...

Regressive Effects of Regulation

Regulations tend to drive up the price of many goods and lower wages of workers in regulated industries...

The Case for Privatizing Amtrak

As a result of Amtrak taking over the nation's passenger trains, rail fares have increased by 110 percent since 1970...

How to Fix the Federal Housing Administration

Despite constantly negative fiscal reports, the Federal Housing Administration assures Congress that future years will be better...

OSHA'S Role in Promoting Occupational Safety and Health

Today, workplace injuries and fatalities have fallen dramatically, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is not the reason for it...

Internet Gambling: The Keys to a Successful Regulatory Climate

Online gambling has a different cost structure than casinos, which means that any tax and licensing structures should reflect low expectations for revenue and taxes...

Airlines Face Acute Shortage of Pilots

New requirements set forth by the federal government are forcing new pilot hires to have at least 1,500 hours of prior flight experience, a six fold increase compared to the previous requirement...


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