Reinventing Retirement Income in America

Traditional defined benefit pension plans, which are managed by employers and which promise workers a specific monthly payment on retirement, are disappearing. Instead, more than 42 million workers now participate in defined contribution retirement plans, primarily 401(k) plans, which specify the annual contributions to an employee's pension fund.

Focus Point – Man of the Year

I'm Pete du Pont with the National Center for Policy Analysis. As I write this, I don't know who Time Magazine will pick as its man of the year. But I know who they should pick, and that's President George W. Bush.

Focus Point – Christmas Wishes

I'm Pete du Pont with the National Center for Policy Analysis wishing you a Merry Christmas. I hope you're enjoying today at home, relaxing and celebrating the holiday. But I know some people aren't.

Focus Point – Health Care Reform

I'm Pete du Pont with the National Center for Policy Analysis. The House Ways and Means Committee is trying to give laid off workers a Christmas present. Will the house play Santa, or Grinch?

Focus Point – Soaring Gun Sales

There's been an interesting by-product of September 11, and the evidence is right here in my home state. Liberal Delaware has seen gun sales rise 32 percent. And it's a national phenomenon: jumps in gun sales and permit applications.

Social Security Commission Takes the First Step

The conventional wisdom in Washington, D.C., is that Social Security reform is dead. The surplus is gone and our attention has turned toward terrorism and national defense. However, as we'll see, the Social Security reform debate is about to heat up and the outcome will affect you – big time.

Focus Point – The Last Word from Florida

The fight over Florida and the presidential election seems worlds away now, especially after news organizations found Bush won after all. But the American enterprise institute has turned up one final, ironic coda.

Social Security Reform: The NCPA's 'Hybrid' Plan

President Bush's Commission to Strengthen Social Security moved the Social Security reform discussion forward. However, despite the commission's hard work, its findings are not the final word in the debate. As Congress takes up the discussion, it should consider the "hybrid" reform plan proposed by the National Center for Policy Analysis. The NCPA plan combines the most attractive features of major plans developed by both Republicans and Democrats over the past several years. It includes no benefit cuts for those who contribute to a personal retirement account (PRA) and no tax increases.

Cleveland, School Choice and the Constitution

Since 1996, the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program has provided tax-funded vouchers that allow children from low-income families to opt out of the city's failing public schools. Teachers' unions and the education establishment have challenged the program in court, arguing that it violates the First Amendment because many voucher students attend religious schools. In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the Cleveland case, a decision that is expected to clarify whether it is constitutional for children to use tax-funded vouchers to attend religious schools.

Class President

It's been just over a year since the Supreme Court brought finality to the strangest presidential election in living memory, and the world-shattering events of 2001 make the Florida fiasco of 2000 look like an innocent diversion. But it's as good a time as any to stop and ask how President Bush is doing so far.

S. 556: A Backdoor Attempt to Implement the Kyoto Protocol

The Clean Power Act of 2001 (S. 556) is sponsored by Sens. Jim Jeffords, Joseph Lieberman and John McCain. Its supporters say it will reduce emissions of air pollutants from the nation's power plants. However, the inclusion of carbon dioxide (CO2) as one of the "pollutants" to be reduced raises questions concerning the true goal of the bill. Regardless of any other merits of or problems with S. 556, many analysts view the inclusion of CO2 as a regulated pollutant as an attempt to placate environmental lobbyists and certain international allies and to embarrass the president by implementing the Kyoto Protocol without Senate ratification.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas 2001

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land, not a creature was stirring, not even Saddam. Special Forces were searching Tora Bora with care, in the hopes that Bin Ladin would soon be found there.

Focus Point – Café

There are politicians and environmentalists who want to extend the corporate average fuel economy – or café – program, in which the government sets the minimum average mileage requirement for each car maker's fleet.

Focus Point – Ditching the AMT

President bush wants to get rid of the alternative minimum tax as part of his stimulus package. Democrats are stalling. They shouldn't, because it's a bad tax that ought to go.