The payroll tax that funds Social Security, Medicare and Disability Insurance, called FICA, is already the largest tax most American families pay. In the future, it will claim an even greater share of Americans' incomes. From its current level of 15.3 percent (combining the employer and employee shares), the payroll tax will need to rise above 25 percent of workers' incomes by the middle of the century in order to pay benefits to today's teenagers when they retire.
This is great news, not only for the children in Cleveland's school choice program, but for children trapped in failing schools across the country. With this decision, government bureaucrats can no longer claim constitutional protection when they prevent those with the humblest of means from exercising the same choices most middle and upper-income families make.
On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court unambiguously cleared the way for children across the country that are trapped in consistently failing schools to seek new educational opportunities.
Next Monday the International Criminal Court officially comes to life. The required 60 nations have ratified it–although the U.S. has not–so in September the member nations will meet to set rules for selecting judges and its prosecutor.
Charter schools are independent public schools that are freed from many of the bureaucratic rules and regulations preventing innovation and flexibility in traditional public schools.
Throughout its history, the United States has been a nation of immigrants. However, in recent years, and even more so since September 11, 2001, Americans have favored a stricter immigration policy.
The number of Americans receiving cash welfare – called Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) – has fallen in half; the number of Americans living in poverty has fallen 21 percent; and the annual incomes of the poorest women have increased nearly $1,000.
With the multitude of other environmental and climate factors that affect the range and survival of tropical diseases, it is hard to conclusively tie the current outbreaks within plant and animal communities to human caused global warming.
Reports about the enormous federal debt abound, as do dire predictions about the impact of that debt on future generations. But just how big is the debt?
What the government owes is ten times larger than official federal debt.
President Bush launched a redefinition of American foreign policy. The principal defense doctrines of the 1950s–the containment of threatening nations and massive retaliation against them should they attack America–are not effective in protecting our citizens against terrorist attacks. Sept. 11 proved it.
A new survey sheds light on the relative merits of the health care systems in five English-speaking countries. This is the latest in a series of studies conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Commonwealth Fund in New York City.
The essential problem in our health care system is that consumers are divorced from the cost of the services they consume. We have become so dependent on third-party payment that patients pay directly for only about 15 percent of total health care services, down from 56 percent in 1960.
Eighty-eight percent of Americans with private health insurance coverage get it through employers, and the employment-based health insurance system has served millions of Americans for more than 50 years.
A debate, by definition, is a discussion between two sides. The current exchange over Social Security reform is not a debate. Instead, one side is ignoring the true issue at hand, while the other is arguing over semantics.
American workers today only get to keep 56 cents out of each additional dollar they earn, on the average.
It is hardly a secret that America has become far too dependent on unreliable, undemocratic Middle-Eastern regimes for much of its energy needs.
Five hundred miles to the northwest lies Magadan, the administrative center of the former Soviet Gulag. For prisoners it was the end of a long journey from western Russia and the beginning of a descent into death. They were forced to come here from across the Soviet Union by railroad cattle car, without much food and minimal water.
House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt Wednesday sent a letter to President Bush describing the need for an open and honest debate on Social Security, and asking for the president's leadership.
A visit to a place more remote than Siberia.
Who said government programs don't work? Since enactment of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), in conjunction with Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), unprecedented numbers of people have made the transition from welfare to work.