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  • Here’s What an Almost Perfect Tax-Reform Plan Looks Like

    As April 15 approaches, many Americans would welcome a simpler tax plan.

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  • Americans Work for the Government Until April 24

    Today the Tax Foundation announces its 2015 Tax Freedom Day. The date that Americans will have earned enough to pay their total annual tax burden falls on April 24—114 days into 2015. On average, it takes over 30 percent of the year for Americans to cover their tax obligations. 

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  • Put The Squeeze On Operation Choke Point

    A controversial (and secretive) government program known as Operation Choke Point is finally receiving the negative attention that it deserves. Operation Choke Point flies in the face of the common-sense principle that law-abiding business owners should be allowed to stay in business. 

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  • Seductive Liberal Agenda No Match for Modern Conservatism

    Conservatism offers a winning agenda to people who want to be upwardly mobile—that is, almost everyone.  In contrast, the liberal agenda focuses on keeping Americans safe, with an emphasis on food stamps, government-provided health insurance, retirement benefits, and paid sick and maternity benefits.

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  • Rubio’s Health Plan Is a Fresh Breeze

    As the starting gate loads for the large field of 2016 presidential candidates in the Republican party, there has not been much differentiation thus far in what the leading contenders have said about health policy.

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  • Will Welfare Reform Increase Upward Mobility?

    One possible force for greater upward mobility is the welfare reforms of the 1990s. Hear me out, because I think the case is stronger than is generally admitted. We probably won’t know the answer for a few more years, because the oldest children born in the 1990s are only 25 years old today, and the youngest are barely 15 years old.

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  • The Secret Growing Debt Problem—An Interview with Carl DeMaio

    Jared Meyer interviewed former San Diego City Council member Carl DeMaio on March 24 on the subject of what can be done to solve the growing problem of the state and local pension debt crisis. DeMaio now chairs Reform California, a political action committee seeking to place pension reform on the ballot statewide. 

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  • A Private Solution to Energy Efficiency

    For all the resources our federal government has provided to help Americans make wiser energy decisions, most Americans do not use the EPA’s many certifications, online tools, and calculators (which include ENERGY STAR certification and the “Home Energy Yardstick”).

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  • The Big Lebowski Defense

    The past two weeks have seen a conversation between liberals and conservatives around the decline in marriage and its relationship to economics and cultural change. My last column argued that while marriage has declined, men’s earnings have deteriorated little if at all, making it difficult to link the two. One reaction was a sort of theoretical contortionism where declines in male earnings reduce marriage while, asymmetrically, improvements in earnings fail to raise marriage rates. 

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  • House Subcommittee Raises Questions on New Union Election Rules

    On Tuesday two National Labor Relations Board officials, Chairman Mark Pearce and General Counsel Richard Griffin, appeared before the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. Members asked Pearce and Griffin about new rules for union elections set to come into effect on April 14.

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