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Recent Policy Studies
PhilanthropyBy Suzanne Garment, Leslie Lenkowsky, Washington Legal FoundationWorking Paper, 09/29/2009
We are witnessing the most aggressive challenge in 80 years to the idea that the private sector is largely capable of running its affairs without government intervention. Though the results are most evident in the fields of business and finance, the challenge is also underway in the non-profit sector. In fact, both conceptually and factually, the criticisms leveled against the non-profit sector are shaky. Moreover, they are premised on an assumption—that charities best serve the public by targeting their efforts on the needy—that the history of American philanthropy has proven false.
Crime, Justice & the LawBy Shana-Tara Regon, Washington Legal FoundationLegal Opinion Letter, 09/29/2009
On April 2, 2009, Rep. William Pascrell (D-NJ) introduced the Accountability in Deferred Prosecution Act to address the lack of standards governing Deferred Prosecution Agreements (“DPAs”) and Non-prosecution Agreements (“NPAs”). It would also require the Attorney General to establish certain procedures to ensure the independence and accountability of corporate monitors. This could address some of the well-publicized problems of overcompensated or ethically conflicted monitors. The bill does, however, raise other questions. First, the legislation could result in DOJ issuing guidelines that curtail the use of DPAs and instead favor indictment. Second, DOJ might issue guidelines that have negative consequences for companies or their employees. Third, the bill’s mandated public disclosure of all DPAs on the DOJ website would likely please some parties who find transparency beneficial, but would draw objections from others who consider public disclosure a disincentive to entering into the agreements-particularly in the case of non-prosecution agreements.
Economic GrowthBy John Hendrickson, Public Interest InstitutePolicy Study, 09/29/2009
With major entitlement programs approaching bankruptcy, it has been projected that the federal government would have to borrow at least $9 trillion to pay for President Obama’s agenda. In solving these problems, policy makers should contemplate the approach taken by the Harding administration in response to severe economic downturn. In 1921, Harding came into office facing an economic depression with 11.7 percent unemployment. He and his Treasury Secretary, Andrew Mellon, responded by calling for an economic policy that consisted of reducing government spending, reforming and cutting taxes, and reducing the regulatory burden. By 1923 the Harding-Mellon economic plan had ushered in a roaring economy filled with expansion and a growth in entrepreneurship. President Calvin Coolidge and Mellon, after the death of Harding, continued to pursue the agenda of fiscal restraint and tax reform, which resulted in budget surpluses, reducing the national debt, and restoring employment.
Natural Resources, Energy, Environment, & ScienceBy Holly Lipke Fretwell, PERC – The Property and Environment Research CenterPERC Reports, 09/29/2009
Al Gore and others who believe in human-caused global warming think that the earth is approaching a tipping point—one where the level of carbon dioxide emissions caused by humans will result in catastrophic and irreversible consequences to life on earth. This idea has triggered a global panic. Fear mongering is effective because it feeds our emotions, but do such tactics actually help improve life on earth?
EducationBy Matthew Ladner, Oklahoma Council of Public AffairsCurrent Perspective, 09/29/2009
A major justification for supporting a system of public schools has been the promotion of a general diffusion of civic knowledge necessary for a well-informed citizenry. America's founders, hoping to "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity," knew that our system of ordered liberty would endure only if its citizens understood the nation's guiding principles. The endurance of American liberty, the founders believed, depends upon a broad knowledge of the nation's history and an understanding of its institutions.
National SecurityBy Mackenzie Eaglen, The Heritage FoundationWebMemo, 09/29/2009
Once the Senate passes its version of the 2010 defense appropriations bill, conference committee Members should defer to the Senate position in the provision of additional funds for many important programs. The Senate bill better meets increasing military requirements for a variety of missions and more robustly supports America's declining defense industrial base. Members would be wise to adopt the Senate's position on funding for programs such as additional F/A-18s, C-17s, DDG-51, missile defense programs, and Guard and Reserve equipment.
The Constitution/Civil Liberties
Locking Up Political Speech: How Electioneering Communications Laws Stifle Free Speech and Civic EngagementBy Michael C. Munger, Institute for JusticeStudies, 09/29/2009
Americans were once free to speak about politics without asking permission from the government or being forced to document their political activities for the authorities. But under the guise of “campaign finance reform,” government regulation of political speech has metastasized, spreading far beyond the mere financing of campaigns to monitor and control everyday political speech by ordinary citizens. Electioneering disclosure laws disinform the public and disenfranchise citizens. They are bad law, bad policy and bad for democracy. Legislators would do well to consider repealing these laws and avoid similar expansions of the regulation of political speech, and courts should take seriously the anti-democratic impacts of electioneering communications regulations and the real-world burdens they impose on First Amendment rights.
Retirement/Social SecurityBy David C. John, The Heritage FoundationWebMemo, 09/29/2009
Starting this year, Social Security will spend more in benefits than it will receive from its payroll taxes. This is somewhat unexpected as just last year, the 2009 cash surplus was predicted to be about $80 billion. Not only is this very bad news for taxpayers, but the worse is yet to follow. Social Security’s future has arrived early. After years of talk about how well-funded the program is, the reality is that never-ending deficits will eat up money that could be used for other programs or tax cuts. These deficits are likely to be permanent, and the only way out of this cash crunch is to fix the program.
EducationBy Liam Julian, America's Future FoundationDoublethink, 09/29/2009
Clearly, American students want the option of a curriculum that doesn’t underrate the importance of learning to make and fix things—one that doesn’t ignore the skilled trades. For some, a career and technical education offers an alternative to the uninspired educational drudgery they encounter each day. Students deserve more control over what they learn. It’s time for proponents of educational choice to broaden their advocacy beyond vouchers and charter schools.
Health CareBy Joseph Antos, American Enterprise InstituteHealth Policy Outlook, 09/28/2009
A market-based health reform is no panacea and will not produce an instant cure for the many problems facing the health system. Neither will a highly regulatory approach to reform. We should strengthen effective competition that rewards initiative, a system that does not protect poor business decisions with unearned taxpayer dollars. We should provide help where it is most needed, and give consumers (and their doctors) the tools to make good decisions about their insurance and their medical care. We should lay the foundation for a new understanding of the rights and responsibilities of individuals, and we should take steps to ensure that the reforms enacted this year are sustainable over the long term.
Vallejo Con Dios: Why Public Sector Unionism Is a Bad Deal for Taxpayers and Representative GovernmentBy Don Bellante, David Denholm, Ivan Osorio, Cato InstitutePolicy Analysis, 09/28/2009
As keepers of the public purse, legislators and local council members have an obligation to protect taxpayers’ interests. By granting monopoly power over their governments’ supply of labor to labor unions, elected officials undermine their duty to taxpayers, since this puts unions in a privileged position to extract political goods in the form of high pay and benefits that are way above anything comparable in the private sector. Unlike private-sector unions, public-sector unions are not fettered by the need to keep their employer from going out of business. As a result, public-sector unions can make demands for their members well beyond what private-sector unions can. Under such an arrangement, government, being itself a monopoly, leaves the citizens whose money it squanders with no options.
Natural Resources, Energy, Environment, & ScienceBy Iain Murray, Competitive Enterprise InstituteWebMemo, 09/28/2009
With the G20 group in Pittsburgh discussing global warming negotiations at President Obama’s insistence, the public needs to untangle the diplomatic euphemisms being thrown around at the meeting and instead consider the facts. For example, Chinese and Indian emissions are set to increase significantly, despite their governments’ announcements; cap-and-trade plans are ruinously expensive, devastate job creation, and play right into the hands of America’s competitors; and the European cap-and-trade program, the Emissions Trading Scheme, is a horrible warning for what would happen if the US adopts a similar plan.
Foreign Policy/International AffairsBy Christopher Ford, Hudson InstituteWhite Paper, 09/28/2009
It bears repeating that there is no secret recipe for handling contemporary proliferation challenges. If a compelling case can be made for additional nuclear disarmament steps on their own merits—which is, of course, the real question—there would seem little reason not to experiment with ways to extract some nonproliferation payoff in return for this movement. Nevertheless, we should not expect there to be much return on our disarmament investment in this respect; the credibility thesis is both implausible and unsupported by the evidence available. Whatever we do on disarmament, we must redouble our efforts to advance nonproliferation by more direct and less speculative means. Closing some purported credibility gap is no substitute for a nonproliferation policy.
Foreign Policy/International AffairsBy John Lee, Hudson Institute09/28/2009
We need to better understand the workings of the here-and-now in Asia in order to meet the challenges for the future. Just as strategic disaster can result when underestimating the rise of emerging powers and ignoring our own weaknesses, it can also result from underestimating one’s own strengths and built-in advantages. America and its partners would do well to correctly read the security dynamics in the region that defines how Washington’s strategic influence is acquired, preserved, and wielded—to the enormous benefit of the region—before giving up the advantage prematurely.
Health CareBy Michael Bond, National Center for Policy AnalysisPolicy Report, 09/28/2009
Further mandating health insurance would likely lead to a rise in the number of uninsured and an increase in the cost taxpayers must pay to subsidize coverage. Con¬versely, deregulating the market and creating a competitive marketplace, like the SGIX, would make afford¬able coverage available to more people.
Foreign Policy/International AffairsBy Ted R. Bromund, The Heritage FoundationWebMemo, 09/28/2009
When Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979, many in the West had come to believe that the Cold War could not and should not be won, that anti-Communism was morally wrong, and that the future lay in détente between the superpowers and the evolution of democracy into ever-deepening state socialism. By the time she left office, the Berlin Wall had fallen and Eastern Europe was liberated. A year later, the Soviet Union crumbled into the dustbin of history. Democracy and freedom were on the advance.
Budget & TaxationBy Gerald Prante, Tax FoundationFiscal Facts, 09/28/2009
The Northeast remains the area with the highest property taxes on homeowners. These states also have high per capita income, and the highest property tax bills, in terms of dollar amounts, are usually found in the areas with the highest incomes. As for the percentage-of-home-value measure, counties in upstate New York still dominate as they tend to impose high property taxes on homeowners, albeit in a location with lower home values and thereby higher effective tax rates.
International Trade/FinanceBy Daniella Markheim, Terry Miller, The Heritage FoundationBackgrounder, 09/28/2009
The 2010 rankings of trade freedom in countries around the world, developed by The Heritage Foundation as part of its annual Index of Economic Freedom, show many countries moving ahead on their own to lower tariffs and cut other barriers to trade. However, multilateral efforts at the World Trade Organization and elsewhere have ground to a halt. Global trade is put at risk today by the growing number of distortions that new protectionist policies are imposing on markets.
Foreign Policy/International AffairsBy Norma C. Gutiérrez, Law Library of CongressReport, 09/28/2009
Available sources indicate that the judicial and legislative branches applied constitutional and statutory law in the case against President Zelaya in a manner that was judged by the Honduran authorities from both branches of the government to be in accordance with the Honduran legal system. However, removal of President Zelaya from the country by the military is in direct violation of the Article 102 of the Constitution, and apparently this action is currently under investigation by the Honduran authorities.
The Constitution/Civil LibertiesBy Hans A. von Spakovsky, The Heritage FoundationWebMemo, 09/28/2009
The Defund ACORN Act does not meet the legal definition of a bill of attainder. There is no valid reason why the courts would not defer to the legislative judgment of Congress as to the regulatory purposes of this statute, particularly since its general provisions provide no proof of punitive intent and further the interests of not providing taxpayer funds to organizations that violate campaign finance and election laws–laws that implicate the very essence of our democratic form of government and our voting process.
Health CareBy Robert A. Book, Guinevere Nell, Paul L. Winfree, The Heritage FoundationBackgrounder, 09/28/2009
The individual mandate in the Baucus health care plan would impose punitively high, regressive taxes on low-income and moderate-income working families. Its penalties and additional taxes on business would discourage companies from hiring or continuing to employ low-income and moderate-income workers. The plan would substantially raise health insurance premiums. Yet the plan would still leave millions of Americans without access to affordable health insurance. Adding to their misfortune, it would then punish them with a tax penalty precisely because they are uninsured.
Health CareBy Dennis G. Smith, The Heritage FoundationWebMemo, 09/28/2009
As SGR and the history of Medicare demonstrate, the federal government has constantly intervened in the payment systems and increased massive cost shifting. The classic scenario is constantly repeated: Politicians over-promise (more benefits, lower costs to the beneficiary), the budget hemorrhages, politicians apply a tourniquet to stop the fiscal bleeding, and the short-term fixes create even greater long-term problems. For example, Medicare reimburses doctors and other medical professionals for their services according to a congressionally created fee schedule that is annually adjusted by the Sustainable Growth Rate formula. If Medicare spending grows faster than our overall economy (which is almost always the case), then payments to Medicare providers are to be reduced proportionately. But every year, Congress routinely blocks the cuts from going into effect while also leaving intact the underlying requirement to keep doctor payment below the rate of GDP growth.
Health CareBy Rea S. Hederman Jr., Paul L. Winfree, The Heritage FoundationWebMemo, 09/28/2009
Baucus’s plan for “reform” requires that individuals currently without insurance must purchase insurance through either their company or an exchange mechanism. If a worker decides to purchase insurance on the exchange, his or her employer will be responsible for subsidizing the cost of that insurance through a new tax. Businesses will also be capped as to how much they will be able to charge workers whose income falls below 400 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). Consequently, these mandates will reduce employment opportunities and slow economic growth.
Health CareBy Brian M. Riedl, The Heritage FoundationBackgrounder, 09/28/2009
Both the House health care reform bill (H.R. 3200) and the bill authored by Senator Baucus would increase government spending by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade, even after assuming massive "savings" from cutting waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid. If lawmakers can easily cut nearly $1 trillion in waste from Medicare and Medicaid over the next 20 years, they should do so to reduce Medicare's $36 trillion unfunded obligation, not to fund massive new health care benefits.
Health CareBy Michael F. Cannon, Cato InstituteBriefing Paper, 09/24/2009
The most hazardous health reform measure before Congress is not the so-called “public option,” but proposals to make health insurance compulsory via an individual or employer mandate. Compulsory health insurance could require nearly 100 million Americans to switch to a more expensive health plan and would therefore violate President Barack Obama’s pledge to let people keep their current health insurance. In particular, the legislation before Congress could eliminate many or all health savings account plans. Making health insurance compulsory would also spark an unnecessary fight over abortion and would enable government to ration care to those with private health insurance.
EducationBy Paul DiPerna, Friedman Foundation for Educational ChoiceSchool Choice Survey in the State, 09/24/2009
This statistically representative survey of 1,200 likely Nebraska voters illustrates public opinion on the wide range of K-12 education issues. An overarching theme emerging out of the survey results is a major disconnect between parental schooling preferences and actual school enrollments. The survey shows that Democrats, Republicans, and Independents find common ground on issues of school choice.
Budget & TaxationBy Maine Heritage Policy Center, Citizens Against Government Waste, Maine Heritage Policy CenterBooklet, 09/24/2009
For years, politicians and bureaucrats in Augusta have spent tax dollars with little regard for, and very little accountability to, the taxpayer. It is time for a change. The state should take several steps to remedy this out of control spending. First, the legislature must seize opportunities to cut some of the wasteful spending throughout state government by establishing a Maine version of the Grace Commission. Next, legislators must enact transparency legislation that would create a search engine capable of tracking state spending, grants, contracts, and earmarks. Finally, the state government should adopt the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which limits spending to the rate of inflation plus population and requires voter approval to exceed that limit or increase taxes.
Natural Resources, Energy, Environment, & ScienceBy Ben Lieberman, The Heritage FoundationWebMemo, 09/24/2009
It is rare these days to see a congressional bill that is both bipartisan and worthwhile. This is even truer for a controversial and polarizing topic like energy. But the American Conservation and Clean Energy Independence Act (H.R. 2227) is one such bill. Its measures to increase America's offshore oil and natural gas production more than make up for the bill's shortcomings. Unlike the leading competing bill, the Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2009 (H.R. 3534), which offers nothing but lower domestic energy supplies and higher prices, this is a pro-energy measure that deserves serious consideration.
Foreign Policy/International AffairsBy Ray Walser, The Heritage FoundationWebMemo, 09/24/2009
The Obama Administration’s policy in Honduras is incoherent. It has been unable to constrain Zelaya, whose objective is to fracture a fragile democracy. Furthermore, the Administration continues to alienate and punish those who oppose Zelaya’s reckless populism and support democratic freedoms and economic liberty. If the only chance at a peaceful resolution to the current Honduran crisis—the November 29 elections—are to be a success, this inconsistent policy must change.
Foreign Policy/International AffairsBy Lisa Curtis, The Heritage FoundationWebMemo, 09/24/2009
The imperfect elections in Afghanistan should not deter the Obama Administration from providing the resources necessary to achieve stability in Afghanistan. To be sure, the outcome of the election was certainly less than ideal. But pulling back from Afghanistan would be devastating, as it would embolden a generation of international terrorists who would then be able to strike at will whenever and wherever they choose.
EducationBy John Merrifield, Nathan Gray, University of Texas at San AntonioReport, 09/24/2009
Established in 1998, CEO Horizon Scholarships have been available to students of the Edgewood Independent School District. These scholarships essentially function as tuition vouchers in that eligibility does not require proof of superior academic ability. Using this program as a case study on the effectiveness of school vouchers, this report finds a strong economic development effect of universal school choice programs. States, cities, counties, and school districts can use a no-price-control, universal voucher program to attract families and businesses at no net fiscal cost–and probably some savings–while also improving the education system.
Health CareBy The Heritage Foundation, The Heritage FoundationFact Sheet, 09/24/2009
The House and Senate draft proposals for health care reform include employer mandates that require employers to pay higher taxes if they do not offer health insurance or if they offer it but some employees decline it and use the government system. The result of such a tax penalty will cause lower pay and job losses, especially for low-income workers.
The Constitution/Civil LibertiesBy Harvey Silverglate, Encounter BooksBook, 09/24/2009
The average professional in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal criminal laws, which have exploded in number but also become impossibly broad and vague. In Three Felonies a Day, Harvey Silverglate reveals how federal criminal laws have become dangerously disconnected from the English common law tradition and how prosecutors can pin arguable federal crimes on any one of us, even for the most seemingly innocuous behavior.
Health CareBy Peter Urbanowicz, Dennis G. Smith, Federalist SocietyWhite Paper, 09/24/2009
Health care reform legislation remains a high priority for President Obama. In his June 2 letter to the Senate leadership he urged action no later than October of this year. Both the administration and Senate leadership have endorsed an “individual mandate” as a necessary component of any health care legislation. The imposition of such an individual mandate would be an unprecedented federal action by the Congress, and careful consideration should be undertaken by members of Congress as to whether such legislation comports with the legislative authority delegated to Congress under the Constitution.
National SecurityBy The Heritage Foundation, The Heritage FoundationFact Sheet, 09/24/2009
President Obama’s decision to abandon plans for basing elements of the U.S. global missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic is entirely political, designed to appease Russia, but it will leave the U.S. more vulnerable to the threat of ballistic missile attack. To counter this move, Congress should demand that the Administration fully fund both short- and long-range missile defenses, thereby preparing America and its allies for all potential threats.
National SecurityBy Jim DeMint, The Heritage FoundationHeritage Lecture, 09/23/2009
In any situation, the friend of freedom is the friend of the United States, but it is becoming apparent that the current Administration does not seem to abide by this rule or the moral and strategic clarity it demands. In office only eight months, President Barack Obama and his foreign policy team seem uninterested in the true nature of American leadership in the world. If President Obama continues to insist on bargaining away U.S. and European security in order to obtain Russian help with Iran, then he jeopardizes the support necessary to ratify a new START treaty.
International Trade/FinanceBy James M. Roberts, The Heritage FoundationBackgrounder, 09/23/2009
In the past 10 months, the leaders of the G-8 and G-20 nations have met three times at elaborate and expensive summits to address the world’s financial woes. But far from providing remedies for ailing economies, the summits’ standard prescriptions for ever-more government intervention and regulations are likely only to impede economic recovery. This paper explains why free markets and limited government are the best responses to economic recession—and argues that the best thing for economies around the world would be for the fourth “G-Process” summit in Pittsburgh to be the last.
Budget & TaxationBy Kail M. Padgitt, Tax FoundationBackground Paper, 09/23/2009
Currently the economic conditions for many states are not good, with high unemployment and falling state GDP. This has led to revenue shortfalls for many states. Now is the time for states to undertake fundamental tax reform and rather than tax gimmicks. A tax system based on sound principles will be the best way for states to insure long-run, stable growth in the future.
Elections, Transparency, & AccountabilityBy David B. Muhlhausen, The Heritage FoundationCenter for Data Analysis Report, 09/23/2009
From FY 2001 to FY 2009, Congress appropriated $5.7 billion in funding for fire grants. Using panel data from 1999 to 2006 for more than 10,000 fire departments, this evaluation uses fixed-effects regressions to estimate the impact of fire grants on four different measures of fire casualties: firefighter deaths, firefighter injuries, civilian deaths, and civilian injuries. While causal inference cannot be made by this analysis, it does empirically show that the fire grant did not further reduce the already declining death and injury rates.
National SecurityBy Baker Spring, The Heritage FoundationWebMemo, 09/23/2009
In defense policy, safety, not savings, should be policymakers’ ultimate goal. While overall government spending explodes, President Obama continues to target defense alone with budget cuts. Many painful lessons throughout history have shown that national security should not be shortchanged. There is scant evidence that ending third site missile defense and replacing it with an alternative system will be better, faster, or cheaper. Instead, this shift will weaken America’s missile defense capability against real and emerging threats, harm U.S. allies, and embolden its enemies.
ImmigrationBy Jena Baker McNeill, The Heritage FoundationWebMemo, 09/23/2009
The federal government and its contractors must demonstrate a commitment to the laws they are tasked to enforce. Such a commitment is vital to the preservation of immigration laws in the United States. E-Verify is set to expire on September 30. Unless Congress renews this program, uncertainty over the future of E-Verify will only lead to confusion as the private sector attempts to understand its obligations.
Health CareBy Stephen A. Moses, Ocean State Policy Research InstituteReport, 09/23/2009
Rhode Island’s unique “global Medicaid waiver” pursues a potentially dangerous national policy trend: long-term care (LTC) rebalancing without strong eligibility controls. Given the state’s already grave budget crisis, potentially explosive increases in Medicaid costs incidental to the global waiver could seriously damage Rhode Island’s social safety net. Policy makers can maximize the global waiver’s opportunity, minimize its danger, and become a LTC financing model for the country. To do so, they will need to recognize the issues discussed in this report and pursue the recommended additional research and analysis.
Budget & TaxationBy Brian M. Riedl, The Heritage FoundationBackgrounder, 09/23/2009
President Obama’s budget will likely produce $13 trillion in deficit spending over the next 10 years—nearly $4 trillion more than forecast. The White House figures are based on unrealistic estimates of discretionary spending, interest payments, and interest rates. The White House also used budget gimmicks to hide the full cost of certain entitlements and failed to account for the full costs of cap-and-trade energy legislation and health care reform.