Does the public think new gun control laws are needed to stop the recent spate of mass shootings or are they a step in the wrong direction?
Recently, federal courts, including the Supreme Court, have begun to take more seriously their responsibility to act as a check on the federal government via judicial review. After President Franklin Roosevelt threatened to pack the Supreme Court over its refusal to find his depression-era New Deal policies constitutional, the court largely abdicated its responsibility to constrain federal legislative reach within the Constitution's limits.
The nearly $800 billion tax cut recently approved by Congress is a modest, balanced and fair effort to give something back to those who are mainly responsible for the surplus: the taxpayers.
Big brother — the United States government — which already owns more than one-third of the land in the U.S. (states own another 12 percent), wants more. A group of congressional Republicans and Democrats is working with the Clinton administration to place more land under government control.
Should the President sign the modest $792 billion tax cut passed by both houses of Congress, and if so, what effect will it have on the economy?
Declaring the nearly $800 billion tax cut recently approved by Congress "modest, balanced and fair," National Center for Policy Analysis Senior Fellow Bruce Bartlett is set to release "The Case for the Tax Cut."
Pop quiz. When did freedom of speech finally become a protected right for all Americans?" Answer: July 28, 1999.
The federal estate (death) tax wastes resources, discourages work, savings and investment, and does virtually nothing to equalize the distribution of wealth.
While the tax is insignificant in terms of federal revenue, it is very significant economically. It wastes resources. It discourages work, saving and investment. And it does virtually nothing to equalize the distribution of wealth. For these reasons, it should be abolished.
In the early 1900s, governments all over Europe began to believe that they had a responsibility to redistribute wealth from one citizen to another. They became collectivist Robin Hoods with a government ID badge and an iron hand.
In 1972, Congress passed one of those laws that sounded good on the surface but whose details ultimately turned devilish. Title IX was an amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Its goal was to combat sexual discrimination in education. Yet its effect has been to introduce a new kind of discrimination, this time against men's athletic programs. And there could be even worse news around the corner.
"The estate (death) tax is an attack on the American Dream and does more harm to the nation's economy than is justified by miniscule amount of revenue it collects."
Medicare is facing a future financial collapse. By the time today's college students reach retirement age, workers will have to pay Medicare taxes equal to one out of every seven dollars earned, just to pay for benefits currently promised.
Policy makers often rely on scientific research, much of which is funded by the federal government, in making important policy decisions. Faulty research can result in bad policy.
As the nation's schoolchildren prepare for another year in the classroom, the forces of change are sweeping the educational landscape for many of them. More and more families have the opportunity to hold their public schools accountable – and to take positive action if the schools don't measure up.
Almost daily, left-wing organizations – Citizens for Tax Justice and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities are two of the most prominent – have been publishing attacks on the House and Senate tax bills. Their analyses are often recycled in White House and Treasury Department statements and repeated by liberal reporters. The gist of the attacks can be summarized briefly: the tax cuts are nothing but give-aways to the rich.
"Technological changes are increasing the mobility of labor and capital around the world. Because of this mobility, governments no longer have a fixed supply of productive resources to tax and regulate. Instead, governments are in active competition with each other."
Now that Congress has finalized its tax cut package, the focus of debate has shifted from competing tax packages on the Hill to the differences between Congress and the White House.
What chance does the congressional tax cut package have of passing in both the House and the Senate?
Beginning this Sunday, Dallas Community Television (DCTV) will broadcast "Should Social Security Be Privatized?" an episode of DebatesDebates, the hour-long public affairs program sponsored by the National Center for Policy Analysis.
Just when there looked to be a break in the link between death and taxes, National Center for Policy Analysis Senior Fellow Bruce Bartlett states that tax foes who are cheering the House's proposed repeal of the death tax better read the fine print.
Congress has passed a 10-year $792 billion tax cut bill that President Clinton has criticized as "gargantuan" and has vowed to veto. Put in perspective, however, the tax cut is small, and is justified. It is, in short, a very modest effort to give something back to those who are mainly responsible for the surplus: the taxpayers.