In the U.S., we spend too much on hospital care and too little on drugs. Billions of dollars are wasted every year because patients and their doctors choose expensive, hospital-based therapies instead of more cost-effective drug therapies.
The new Congress should decentralize decisions on crime. It can do so by repealing both the entire Clinton Crime Control Act of 1994 and the Brady Gun Control Law. Then it should repeal the federal habeas corpus procedure, subsidies for death penalty appeal centers and the legal authority for state prisoners to pursue law suits willy nilly in federal courts.
The "takings clause" of the Fifth Amendment is unequivocal: "…nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation." Unfortunately, this component of our Bill of Rights is regularly ignored by government – especially by environmental regulators who effectively condemn and take private property without paying for it.
The minimum wage increase proposed by President Clinton would do little to reduce poverty. Instead, it would cause real hardship for some low-income Americans, the very people it is designed to help.