Women and Taxes

Largely for historical reasons, the American tax system is disconnected with the way women participate in the economy. The major elements of the tax system were put in place in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, when most women, certainly most mothers, were not in the workforce.

Poor Kids vs. Poor Schools

Should state governments be allowed to give scholarships funded by tax dollars to low-income students to attend community (charter) schools or private schools (including religious private schools) in order to assist children in getting a better education? Liberal doctrine holds that such scholarships are too threatening to the public schools and their teachers.

Here's to Your Health

Despite the war, President Bush hasn't forgotten about domestic policy. Indeed, he's been working the war against terrorism into his discussions of many domestic-policy areas. Because the war has affected the economy, the president has tied it to his calls for permanent tax cuts to more rapidly grow the economy, create the jobs people need to prosper, and generate the increased revenues government needs to fight the war.

Two Cheers For Bush Health Plan

Ever since Hillary Rodham Clinton's failed attempt to restructure the nation's health care system, members of Congress have been reluctant to propose any major health care reforms, sticking instead to reform by small steps.

Don't Misread the First Amendment: School Choice is Constitutional

On February 20, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a landmark case that may well set the course for future school choice efforts. The high court is asked to determine whether a Cleveland school choice program that lets children use taxpayer-funded scholarships to attend private religious schools is constitutional.

Statement before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate

Mr. Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to testify this morning on the question of raising the debt ceiling. I would like to make three main points. First, the debt subject to limit is a declining portion of the federal government's total indebtedness. Second, the debt held by the public is a declining portion of the debt subject to limit. And third, there is no evidence that changes in any measure of debt have a significant impact on interest rates.

Bush Wrests Health Care From Democrats

Ever since Hillary Clinton's calamitous attempt to restructure the nation's health care system, Democrats have been reluctant to propose any major health care reforms. For almost 10 years, therefore, the health-policy field has been a wide open area of opportunity for Republicans. But they too have been reluctant to act.

Just a Gag?

The anti-First Amendment crowd is at work in Washington this week, attempting to limit political speech during election campaigns. Their vehicle is the Shays-Meehan campaign-finance bill, and their goal is to drive the money out of politics–even if it requires driving free speech out of political campaigns.

CAFE's Three Strikes – It Should be Out

The federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard was enacted during the 1975 energy crisis. It required auto manufacturers to meet certain mileage standards, measured in Miles Per Gallon (mpg), across a manufacturer's entire fleet of vehicles. CAFE was originally proposed as a means of reducing America's dependence on foreign oil.

A Doctrine in the House

On Sept. 11 America's vulnerability reappeared. Anti-American terrorism had stalked the world for decades, in Lebanon and Africa and Yemen, but now it had come home to us. We began to talk less of peace and harmony and more of terrorists and evil. Gone was blaming America for every international injustice; back were the values of 50 years ago, patriotism and religious faith.

The Great Health Divide

The stimulus package appears to be dead. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle once again has refused to allow it to come up for a vote. As was the case before Christmas, when the Senate first refused to act, the main disagreement is over how to provide financial assistance for the uninsured.