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The American Welfare State: How We Spend Nearly $1 Trillion a Year Fighting Poverty—And Fail

Michael D. Tanner
April 11, 2012
This Policy Analysis for CATO examines the failure of the federal government to positively effect the poverty rate.

Ending Congestion by Refinancing Highways

Randall O'Toole
May 15, 2012
In this Policy Analysis, Randall O'Toole writes that gasoline taxes have long been the main source of funding for building, maintaining, and operating America’s highways, roads, and streets.

Questioning Homeownership as a Public Policy Goal

Morris A. Davis
May 15, 2012

In this Policy Analysis for CATO, Davis notes that U.S. housing policy has focused on promoting homeownership.

If You Love Something, Set It Free: A Case for Defunding Public Broadcasting

Trevor Burrus
May 21, 2012
In this Policy Analysis for CATO, Burrus argues that the Constitution does not give Congress the power to create media companies.

The Great Streetcar Conspiracy

Randal O'Toole
June 14, 2012

Streetcars are coming back into vogue partly because of the Obama administration’s preference for funding transportation projects that promote “livability” (meaning living without automobiles).

The Negative Effects of Minimum Wage Laws

Mark Wilson
June 21, 2012
Minimum wage has been with us since 1938, and presently many states impose their own minimum wages. These laws prevent employers from paying wages below a mandated level.

Would a Financial Transaction Tax Affect Financial Market Activity? Insights from Futures Markets

George H. K. Wang and Jot Yau
July 9, 2012
In this Policy Analysis, the authors find that though several commentators suggest a transaction tax on financial markets.

Corporate Welfare in the Federal Budget

Tad DeHaven
July 25, 2012

This Policy Analysis document from CATO makes the case that federal spending and the enormous deficit is inching the nation toward financial and economic crisis.

Regulation, Market Structure, and Role of the Credit Rating Agencies

Emily McClintock Ekins and Mark A. Calabria
August 1, 2012
In this Policy Analysis for CATO, the authors assert that "present evidence that suggests the Securities and Exchange Commission’s designation of Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations

Libertarian Roots of the Tea Party

David Kirby and Emily McClintock Ekins
August 6, 2012
In this Policy Analysis the authors examine the Tea Party and some of the foundations within the spontaneous movement.
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