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May 7, 2018

Misusing the Congressional Review Act to Re-Regulate the Internet


The U.S. Senate will shortly face an attempt to misuse the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to re-impose Title II regulations on the internet. This approach is ill-considered, and is likely to backfire on its proponents.

March 21, 2018

Five Undeniable Truths About Tariffs


President Trump hopes to make tariffs great again. But economists learned several lessons from the past big tariff push in the 1930s. Here are some of those lessons.

June 5, 2017

Prescription Drug Importation: Unsafe, Unnecessary and Unwise


Sen. Bernie Sanders has an amendment to allow prescription drug importation, even though numerous officials assert it's unsafe, and the vast majority of Americans have prescription drug coverage. 

April 18, 2017

A Limited Government Solution to the Bathroom Controversy


It should be no surprise that the best solution to the transgender bathroom controversy is to limit rather than expand government power. Texas and other concerned state legislatures should assert their authority as creators of their municipalities to limit the ability of their municipalities to engage in such civic mischief.

April 4, 2017

No Basis for Conservative Opposition to the Texas Central Rail Project


There is no principled conservative objection to the privately financed Texas Central Rail project, but those trying to kill the project ARE violating several conservative principles.

October 25, 2016

Exporting Oil and Gas Will Import Economic Growth


Opening up the export of crude oil and natural gas has been one of the Obama administration's few pro-growth policies, because it will increase fossil fuel production, growing jobs and helping our energy-dependent allies.

March 7, 2016

Bold Policy Reforms for the 2016 Election


Challenging times require bold reforms, but very few political candidates have proposed any. With this paper we try to fill that gap by identifying five reforms that would solve current problems, spur economic growth and return power and money to the states and the people.

February 18, 2016

Civil Asset Forfeiture and the Constitution


Virtually everyone agrees with criminal asset forfeiture. But civil asset forfeiture, in which government can seize property without charging the property's owner with a crime, is widespread and troubling because it denies citizens several constitutional rights.

November 4, 2015

Explaining the High Cost of Prescription Drugs


Many brand name prescription drugs are expensive, and there are reasons for that. But most of the proposed political "fixes" would only make them more expensive or ensure they never reach the market. The better solution to controlling prices is to reduce onerous regulations an expand competition.

October 14, 2015

The Minimum Wage Is a Price-Control Debate


Minimum wage legislation is just another form of price controls. Most economists understand why price controls don't work, but many people forget those principles with respect to the minimum wage.

 

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