Will Congress Penalize Marriage Again?

The marriage penalty is a quirk in the tax code that pushes married couples into a higher tax bracket than two unmarried single earners living together and earning the same combined income. The 2001 Bush tax cuts all but eliminated the marriage penalty by lowering tax rates and simplifying other elements of the tax code. However, these Bush tax cuts expire in 2010, and American families face steep marginal tax increases if Congress fails to renew them.

Crisis of the Uninsured: 2008

Despite claims that there is a health insurance crisis in the United States, the number of U.S. residents without health insurance actually fell in 2007, according to new Census Bureau numbers. The Census says the number of uninsured fell from 47.0 million to 45.7 million. Furthermore, the proportion of uninsured fell half a percentage-point, from 15.8 percent to 15.3 percent.

Double-Dipping Social Security

The current Social Security system allows individuals to claim reduced, early retirement benefits beginning at age 62.  Individuals who wait until the full retirement age to collect receive about 30 percent more in monthly benefits.  If they wait until age 70 to collect, their benefits will be about 60 percent larger than at age 62. So what choice should people make?

Green Schools Don’t Make the Grade

Congress is considering funding a range of projects designed to reduce carbon emissions, including the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act, which would provide $20 billion to build public schools that meet “green” environmental standards.  House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.) says the legislation will not only save energy, but also make the facilities safer and cleaner and dramatically reduce costs.  Advocates claim that such schools will use 35 percent less energy.

Physician Care and Telemedicine

The use of information technology in diagnosing, treating and monitoring patients — known as telemedicine — is adding a new dimension to modern health care.  Entrepreneurs are using the telephone, the Internet and personal computers for innovative solutions to traditional problems of health care delivery.  These advances are not only making care more accessible and convenient, they are also raising quality and containing medical costs.

McCain Is the Pro-Choice Candidate

America's first charter school opened in Minnesota in 1992. Sixteen years later, there are 4,128 charter schools educating 1.24 million students in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Another …

Medical Tourism: Health Care Free Trade

Global competition in health care is allowing more patients from developed countries to travel for medical reasons to regions once characterized as “third world.”  Many of these “medical tourists” are not wealthy, but are seeking high quality medical care at affordable prices.  To meet the growing demand, entrepreneurs are building technologically advanced facilities in India, Thailand, Latin America and elsewhere, and are hiring physicians, technicians and nurses trained to American and European standards to run them. 

iDebate Winning Team

A debate team comprised of Noel Gordon, a high school junior from Henderson, Nevada and Hannah Ketring, a high school junior from Flanagan, Illinois were named the big winners at a week-long leadership camp hosted by retired General Tommy Franks.

Green Schools Don't Make The Grade

As schools across the country prepare for a new academic year, Congress is considering spending $20 billion to support “green” school programs that have not been proven to work, according to a new report by the National Center for Policy Analysis.