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April 23, 2015

A Down-Payment On Americans' Electronic Privacy


Updating ECPA for the Internet Age would allow Congress to show that it is sensitive to Americans’ privacy concerns and to reaffirm our Fourth Amendment protections. 

April 21, 2015

Big-Spending Republicans Haven't Learned Their Lesson Yet


Some big-spending Republicans want to break the agreed-to spending limits and their campaign promises to be fiscally prudent by increasing government spending. If they do, voters could boot them out of office, just like they did in 2006.

April 16, 2015

The High Cost of Inventing New Drugs--And of Not Inventing Them


The cost of developing new prescription drugs is very expensive—a process made even more expensive than it has to be because of excessive government restrictions and limited patent life. However, not developing new drugs can also be expensive, both in financial and human costs.

April 14, 2015

How the Food Stamp Program Is Like the U.S. Export-Import Bank


The U.S. Export-Import Bank is one of the best examples of cronyism: we fund other countries to buy our products. Well, that's similar to what we do with the farm bill and the food stamp program.

April 8, 2015

Want Lower Taxes? You Might Want to Move


by Andrew Parker | TaxBytes

If you want lower taxes you have three options...and one might involve a moving truck.

April 7, 2015

The Prescription Drug Act Works Well, and the President Can't Stand It


In Washington, nothing fails like success and nothing succeeds like failure. Just look at how some elected officials defend the worst health care law and criticize the best. 

March 31, 2015

There's a Huge Downside to Obama's Free Community College Proposal


by Andrew Parker | PolicyBytes

President Obama's proposal to make community college tuition free (i.e., taxpayer funded) could have a huge, negative financial impact on four-year colleges and universities.

March 24, 2015

When I Die, Let It Be in Canada--or Mexico, or Better Yet, Israel


The US has the fourth highest estate tax in the world, and Obama would like to expand it. You might try to avoid it by retiring in another country, or by backing a presidential who will eliminate—this time for good.

March 19, 2015

How Tax Uncertainty Harms Economic Growth: Agricultural Investment and Section 179


Frantic end-of-year passage of tax extenders does not encourage investment as intended. In 2014, investment in agricultural equipment was hampered by tax uncertainty over Section 179. Congress must recognize the need for certainty in tax policy by passing temporary measures earlier in the year, and by implementing overall tax reform that results in a simpler, more stable tax system.

March 17, 2015

How About a Bold Plan for Reforming Social Security's Disability Program


If we are going to reform the Social Security disability insurance program, let's be bold and privatize it.

 

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