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Public Choice

James Buchanandied the other day and in the eyes of many he was the father of Public Choice economics. Comments on a number of blogs reveal two things about bloggers on the left: (1) they don’t understand what contribution Buchanan made and (2) they don’t understand why Public Choice is important. ...

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Another Study Confirms: Head Start Doesn’t Work

Another Study Confirms: Head Start Doesn’t Work

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just released its latest batch of Head Start data, revealing, once again, that its students are receiving far less than a “head start.” 

The study, which was finally released the weekend before Christmas after more than a year’s delay, examines ...

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Is Private Health Insurance More Costly Than Public Health Insurance? Five Principles

Is Private Health Insurance More Costly Than Public Health Insurance? Five Principles

Uwe Reinhardt had a post the other day at The New York Times economics blog comparing Medicare with Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. He basically sifts through the evidence on which is less costly: Medicare (a public plan) or the private MA plans. But while his column is definitely ...

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Reading is Easy (Illiteracy is hard)

Reading is Easy (Illiteracy is hard)

This country, for the last 80 years, has been living through what future historians might call the Great American Reading Swindle. The experts claimed to believe in a method that didn’t work. In order to protect it, and to shield themselves from charges of educational malpractice, they generated ...

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Bruce Bartlett’s Worst Column

Bruce Bartlett’s Worst Column

Bruce Bartlett once worked for Jack Kemp and for Ron Paul. He served in the Reagan and Bush (41) administrations. He even burnishes these credentials over a column at The New York Times economics blog. Yet his columns these days are invariably anti-Republican and increasingly leftwing.

In his ...

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Fiscal Cliff Deal Undoes Part of Obamacare

Fiscal Cliff Deal Undoes Part of Obamacare

Though the government’s entitlement spending is still spiraling out of control, taxpayers have finally caught a break: The recently passed “fiscal cliff” deal included the repeal of one of Obamacare’s worst provisions, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. 

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Fiscal Cliff: Who Won? Who Lost?

Fiscal Cliff: Who Won? Who Lost?

Here is the bill. Here is the CBO score. Here is the House Republican summary of the bill.

Republicans seem to have great difficulty reminding people that the George W. Bush tax cuts are the reason why middle income families have not been paying about $2,000 more in taxes every year. The agreement ...

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States Lack Power to Limit Abortion via Insurance Exchanges

States Lack Power to Limit Abortion via Insurance Exchanges

As states decide whether to implement a health insurance exchange under President Obama's health care law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has encouraged states to do so by touting the flexibility of implementation. One area where exchanges will likely provide little or no ...

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Appeal to Federal Judge to Block Enforcement of HSS Mandate by Jan 1, 2013

  ANN ARBOR, MI — The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, late Friday, December 21, 2012, filed an Emergency Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on behalf of Tom Monaghan to stop enforcement of the HHS Mandate in order to ...

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