Daily Policy Digest

The National Debt Climbs Despite Shrinking Deficits

While deficits have shrunk in recent years, the national debt remains at record high levels and trillion-dollar deficits are projected to return within a decade...

Could Higher Costs for Water in California Curb Water Waste?

A neighborhood in the epicenter of rain-deprived Southern California pays only $0.002 per gallon for water. Other Californians pay up to three to four times more, but that is still less than a penny per gallon...

The 2008 Housing Crisis Displaced More Americans than the 1930s Dust Bowl

The 10 million households that lost their homes in 2008 dwarf the number that left the Great Plains during the Dust Bowl (that was about 2.5 million people)...

If You Want More Money and More Freedom, Move to a Red State

Of the four largest states, from 1990 to June 2014, the jobs growth rate in red states Florida (46 percent) and Texas (65 percent) has been almost triple the jobs growth of blue states California (24 percent) and New York (9 percent)...

Economic Growth Slowest in Estate Tax States

Estate and inheritance taxes have large compliance costs, have been shown to suppress entrepreneurship, and are among the most harmful taxes to economic growth...

Could Personally Owned Retirement Programs Replace Social Security?

Social Security currently faces $13.4 trillion in unfunded liabilities...

Peak Oil Worries Grow With Dependency on the United States And Russia

Excluding Russia and the United States, analysts argue the oil production peak was in February of 2006 and that we are now almost 3,000,000 barrels below that level...

Could Affording Drugs be Easier Under a New Finance Method?

SovaldiĀ®, used for treatment of Hepatitis C, costs up to $84,000 per course, administered over a short period of 12 to 24 weeks...

There Is Not Much to Show for the Summer of Recovery

Borrowing $830 billion back in 2009 did not improve the economy...

Can Model-Based Banking Regulations Achieve Financial Stability?

Simpler and more transparent rules would be more effective in achieving the ultimate goal of financial stability...


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