Daily Archives: December 5, 2012

The “Affordable Care Act” makes care less affordable

So writes Cato’s Michael Cannon here. Legislation often boomerangs. This may be one of the clearest examples in history.

A Feminist “Wikistorm”

Sounds like the stuff of nightmares, right? Well, it’s real and happened at the Claremont Graduate School out in California in October. Prominent gender and media studies professors from across the country converged recently to help host what was dubbed by organizers as a “Feminist, Anti-Racist Wikipedia Edit-a-thon” to create or influence dozens of entries on theContinue Reading

Another way big government makes us worse off

As Tim Carney writes here, big government enables established businesses to use the regulatory regime to stifle competition and innovation. Remarkably, the statist New York Times has been running some articles on this nasty phenomenon. We get the double-whammy from government — we have to pay taxes to bureaucrats so they can enforce rules andContinue Reading

Housing vouchers and schools

The Poverty and Race Research Action Council recently released a study that examined the quality of schools in the neighborhoods that Housing Choice Voucher recipients choose.  In theory, those who receive federal housing vouchers should use them to relocate to “better” neighborhoods with higher performing public schools.  But the study concluded that most do not. Continue Reading

One idea for addressing the student loan crisis

No, it’s not universal loan forgiveness via the federal government. It’s apprenticeship. Naomi Schaefer Riley blogs at Philanthropy Daily about a growing number of young adults who attend college and hold apprenticeships at the same time. And yes, they get paid. College diplomas may not do much else, but they are a ticket to theContinue Reading

You can’t pay your debts by borrowing more

So says Peter Schiff in this piece, apropos of the current wrangling over the debt ceiling. He scoffs at the idea that eliminating the ceiling, as Obama wants, would tell America’s creditors that we won’t default. Actually, it could do just the opposite, signaling that the feds are not going to give up their cheapContinue Reading

Sowell disputes mischaracterization of ‘tax cuts for the rich’

Thomas Sowell‘s latest column challenges the notion — popularized by President Obama and his supporters — that the federal government can no longer afford the loss of tax revenue associated with Bush-era tax cuts “for the rich.” What is remarkable is how easy it is to show how completely false Obama’s argument is. That alsoContinue Reading

Cato’s Tanner explains why the federal government’s fiscal woes are tied to overspending

The federal government has a mismatch between the amount of money it spends and the amount of revenue it raises, primarily through taxes. Most commentary on the pending fiscal cliff assumes that the best way to address that mismatch involves boosting revenue. The Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner explains in a new National Review Online columnContinue Reading