Most people would agree that if prisoners learned a skill while they were in jail they could more easily get a job when they got out, and that an ex-prisoner with a job is less likely to commit another crime. Since nearly one-half of people released from prison return to prison within three years, job skills could mean a significant decline in the crime rate.

Private Prisons Succeed

Clear and convincing evidence from the United States and elsewhere shows that privatizing criminal correctional facilities results in better public service at a lower cost than government operation.

A "Long-Term" Solution to a Medicaid Problem

The spending explosion in long-term care is in large part a direct result of perverse federal income tax incentives that subsidize insurance for current medical expenses but penalize insurance for long-term care expenses. However, both the U.S. House and Senate have passed legislation to correct this tax inequity.

How Not To Be Poor

There is a strong correlation between poverty and certian behaviors. Thus one solution to the problem of poverty is to encourage young Americans to avoid behavior that will tend to lead them into poverty.

One Jobs Program That Works

Last week's District of Columbia appropriations bill contained a startling education innovation. It mandates the establishment of a nonprofit corporation governed by the private sector to train and place non-college-bound students in jobs.