Focus Point – Tax Confusion

The congress's joint committee on taxation just released a new study on tax simplification. The statistics – which have nothing to do with simplicity – are mind-boggling.

Bush Energy Plan Offers Balanced Approach

In anticipation of the announcement of President Bush's national energy strategy, H. Sterling Burnett, senior policy analyst with the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) signaled his optimism that the administration will unveil a plan with "a proper and realistic balance between energy and environmental concerns."

Vouchers, Vouchers Everywhere

There are currently 81 voucher programs operating in the United States, according to a 1998 study by the General Accounting Office and Urban Institute analysts. Eleven of those are federal government programs.

Focus Point – Insider Campaign Reform

If you want a cogent analysis of the so-called campaign reform now the craze in congress, how about asking somebody whose job it is to study it: Bradley Smith, who's actually a member of the Federal Election Commission, in a new book called "Unfree Speech," Smith says McCain-Feingold type reforms are wrongheaded.

Focus Point – Bush At 100

You know democrats are running scared when the worst they can do in Bush's first 100 days is run fright ads about arsenic in the water, an issue that carries a lovely little dart: Senate democratic leader Tom Daschle voted for the arsenic levels he now castigates Bush about.

Focus Point – Ed Fight II

Yesterday I talked about the sorry state of American education's reading instruction, and why the fight to improve is a local one. Today, why it's a tough fight.