Brief Analyses

Restricted to two letter-size pages, a Brief Analysis summarizes some aspect or aspects of a public policy issue, presenting points for consideration in policy debates or responding to points that have been raised during these debates.

Terrorism in Latin America (Part Two): The Threat from Human Trafficking

Hypothetical scenarios often dominate the storyline of possible collusion between organized crime and jihadists in Latin America. The elaborate web of networks woven by drug cartels and Islamists adds…

The Logic-Defying CBO Obamacare Replacement Score Breaks Its Own Rules, among Other Problems

Dr. Tom Price, the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, has said the Congressional Budget Office’s recent “score” of the Republican Obamacare replacement bill defies logic. Even worse, it defies…

Tax Reform and the Border-adjusted Tax

The tax reform idea that has received the most attention recently is replacing the corporate income tax with a cash-flow tax on domestic business — and imposing a tax on imports into the United States…

Three Reasons Why the United States Should Defund the U.N. Palestinian Refugee Program

American taxpayer money spent on U.N. programs is often wasted, and the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is a prime example. The United States remains the largest contributo…

Would Lifting the Taxable Earnings Cap Make Social Security Solvent?
In Defense of High Frequency Trading
How Defense Dollars Are Wasted on Security Assistance
California’s Bag Ban: A Wealth Transfer from Customers to Big Grocers