Suing Gun Manufacturers, Off-Target And Hazardous To Our Health

H. Sterling Burnett, a senior policy analyst with the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis, responded today to the decisions of Los Angeles and San Francisco city officials' to sue more than 40 gun manufacturers, as well as gun dealers and firearms trade groups asking: "When will this dangerous lawsuit parade stop?"

How to End School Violence

Dr. Morgan Reynolds, director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis, is available to discuss the growing trends in juvenile crime and what Americans can do to stop the violence following yet another school shooting.

Minimum Wage Teen-age Job Killer

Congress appears likely to raise the minimum wage again this year, probably from $5.15 per hour to $6.15 over three years. This will be the second minimum wage increase passed by the Republican Congress. The last increase was enacted in 1996, raising the minimum wage from $4.25 to $4.75 on October 1, 1996, and to the present $5.15 per hour on September 1, 1997.

Divorce and Social Security

The debate over Social Security reform has for the most part ignored the inequities in how the system treats families. These inequities derive from the adjustments that Social Security makes to benefits where spouses, survivors and divorced former partners of workers are involved.

Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series

The 20th century has been a great one for big policy ideas, both good and bad. In the bad corner: communism, fascism and socialism, three concepts based on the idea that government is smarter than people. The biggest and baddest was communism. It killed tens of millions of people and crushed the spirits and deprived of opportunity of hundreds of millions more. It kept the world at war – The Cold War – for 45 years, and was the dominating factor of two generations of American foreign policy.

A Bill to Save Social Security

The new Social Security reform proposal put forward by Congressmen Bill Archer and Clay Shaw has a worthy aim: to secure future retirement benefits for today's young people without increasing taxes on workers or reducing benefits to retirees.

Texas Already Has School Choice

Should parents be able to choose the school their children attend? While legislators in Austin are debating this hot topic, many are pretending not to know that Texas already has a de facto system of school choice, and it works reasonably well so long as you're not poor.

Why Not Abolish the Community Reinvestment Act?

Before a bank can merge with another bank – or even open a new branch – it must get permission from federal regulators. And in giving that permission, regulators are obliged by the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 (CRA), to consider whether the lender has served the entire community, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.