Daily Policy Digest

Government Issues

Why a Firearm Insurance Mandate Won't Work

Statutes requiring gun owners to carry liability insurance could be written in a way that would not violate the Second Amendment, but there are many constitutional pitfalls in such an undertaking...

Improving Child Poverty Measures

The lack of accuracy with relative measures of poverty, and reliability with surveyed deprivation statistics, challenges the belief that the United States has more pervasive child poverty than other developed countries, says Marcelo Ostria, a research associate with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Reducing the Department of Transportation's Role in Funding and Regulating Transportation

The federal government does not fund transportation efficiently and creates unnecessary costs through regulation...

Kosher Certification as a Model of Private Regulation

Competition among kosher certifiers provides incentives for them to cut costs in order to keep their fees as low as possible while at the same time maintaining high standards in order to protect their brand value...

Unions Pay Big, Feds Look the Other Way

In 2008, the Office of Labor-Management Standards audited 791 unions, but in 2011, under new director John Lund, it looked at only 461...

Leave Uber's Fate to Passengers, Not City Hall

As part of the local campaign against car service Uber, the Dallas police used undercover passengers to try to detect insurance and licensing violations; they discovered none, but still issued 36 citations, claiming Uber cars were violating local ordinances, says John C. Goodman, president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis...

What Is the Happiness Lobby?

Simply put, individuals know how to augment their own happiness better than any public officials acting on their behalf...

Congressional Renewal

For fiscal year 2012, the deficit was 35 percent of spending and 9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), and the debt was 77 percent of GDP...

Progress on Veteran Affairs Backlog Is an Illusion

There are worries that the Veterans Administration is using statistical or administrative tricks to bring down the number of disability claims by changing what is counted and shifting staff from other critical areas such as appeals...

Cities Crackdown on Private Transport

Uber maintains that it's a tech company that just makes it easier for drivers and passengers to connect, which is how, much to the chagrin of cab companies, it has skirted cities' rules and regulations that steer the car-for-hire business...


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