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Three Decades of Politics and Failed Policies at HUD

Tad DeHaven
November 23, 2009

In this Policy Analysis, Dehaven contends that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has long been plagued by scandals, mismanagement, and policy failures.

Obama’s Prescription for Low-Wage Workers: High Implicit Taxes, Higher Premiums

January 13, 2010

In this Policy Analysis, Cannon writes that House and Senate Democrats have produced health care legislation whose mandates, subsidies, tax penalties, and health insurance regulations would pe

The Massachusetts Health Plan: Much Pain, Little Gain

Aaron Yelowitz and Michael F. Cannon
January 19, 2010

In this Policy Analysis, the authors account for the 2006 Massachusetts health insurance law

The Libertarian Vote in the Age of Obama

David Kirby and David Boaz
January 21, 2010

In this Policy Analysis addressing the state of libertarianism in the age of Obama, the authors analyze the fiscally conservative, socially liberal voters and how they are torn between their a

Lawless Policy: TARP as Congressional Failure

John Samples
February 4, 2010

In this CATO Policy Analysis, Samples contends that the U.S. Constitution vests all the “legislative powers” it grants in Congress.

Behind the Curtain: Assessing the Case for National Curriculum Standards

February 17, 2010

In this Policy Analysis for CATO, McCluskey contends that the argument for national curriculum standards sounds simple: set high standards, make all schools meet them, and watch American students a

They Spend WHAT? The Real Cost of Public Schools

Adam B. Schaeffer
March 10, 2010

In this Policy Analysis, Schaeffer writes that although public schools are usually the biggest item in state and local budgets, spending figures provided by public school officials and reported in

Defining Success: The Case against Rail Transit

Randal O'Toole
March 24, 2010

In this Policy Anaysis, O'Toole states that ver the past four decades, American cities have spent close to $100 billion constructing rail transit systems, and many billions more operating those sys

The Inefficiency of Clearing Mandates

Craig Pirrong
July 21, 2010

In this Policy Analysis, Pirrong evaluates the aftermath of the financial crisis.

Reforming Indigent Defense: How Free Market Principles Can Help to Fix a Broken System

Stephen J. Schulhofer and David Friedman
September 1, 2010

In this CATO Policy Analysis, the authors contend that criminal defense systems are in a state of perpetual crisis, routinely described as “scandalous.” Public defender offices around the country f

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