Privatizing Defense: Britain Leads the Way

The military campaign in Afghanistan demonstrated that, among NATO countries, only Great Britain – with its small but professional military – has the capability to deploy advanced military assets to far-flung theaters of operation in support of U.S. forces. However, the British spend less on defense every year than France and about the same amount as Germany.

Women as Retirees

It turns out that many women — and that obviously includes plenty of mothers – are not faring too well in their retirement years. The good news is that many are living longer. The bad news is that they are increasingly likely to be subsisting at or near poverty in their old age.

Coloring the Data

So many federal agencies have been exposed falsifying environmental data that you have to wonder how many other frauds remain undetected. First came the December revelation that employees of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Forest Service had planted fake wild lynx hair in states where there were no lynx, so that the areas could be labeled critical habitat, and thus off limits to human use.

Welfare Reform Has Worked, Don't Mess with Success

The professional welfare class — not the people on welfare, but politicians, academics and activists with a vested interest in perpetuating dependency on government — are preparing to undo one of the most successful public policy reforms of the 1990s.

Breathe Easier on Asthma-Air Pollution Link

Some past studies have shown that air pollution can aggravate pre-existing lung ailments. But pollution-control advocates are mistakenly citing a study published in the February 2nd issue of The Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal, to justify ever more intrusive air pollution regulations. The study, which focused on children in southern California, reports that frequent, strenuous, outdoor exercise, combined with high levels of ozone air pollution, can more than triple children's risk of developing asthma. It is also the first work of its kind to conclude that air pollution might actually cause asthma, not just aggravate it.

Among the EU-niks

Yesterday French "human rights" groups said they had received assurances from Paris's justice minister that she would limit her cooperation with the investigation of suspected terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui because America is seeking the death penalty in his case. And indeed, hardly a day goes by without a fresh European derision of the simplistic Americans and their war against terrorism.

Inmate Workforce Can Fill Job Shortage: Inmates Are Productive, Dependable, Take Pride in Quality

The lack of qualified workers seriously threatens sustained economic growth, especially in the manufacturing sector. To address this dilemma, the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) and the Enterprise Prison Institute (EPI) held a Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. to learn ways to address this critical shortage. Surprisingly, one of the best answers will also make America safer: putting inmates to work.

Energy's on the Senate Agenda. Is Economic Growth?

In the light of events of the last year – rolling blackouts in California, ongoing electricity deregulation in numerous states, volatile price fluctuations for electricity and gasoline and the continuing war against terrorism – the debate over America's future energy needs has taken on heightened importance.

Unfair to the Fairer Sex

At the dawn of the 21st century our income tax system is 90 years old; Social Security and employer-provided health care and pension systems are over 60. These systems worked well in the thrilling days of yesteryear, but over the past half century families and the workforce have changed. Two-career families are common, and 70% of all married women are in the work force. Part-time work, especially by women, is commonplace, people change jobs frequently, and most single mothers work.