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A Desire Names Streetcar: How Federal Subsidies Encourage Wasteful Local Transit Systems

Randal O'Toole
January 5, 2006

In this Policy Analysis, transit expert Randal O'Toole writes that, the nation’s mass transit system is a classic example of how special interests prevail over the needs and interests of voters and

KidSave: Real Problem, Wrong Solution

Jagadeesh Gokhale and Michael D. Tanner
January 24, 2006

In this Policy Analysis, the authors argue that there is growing bipartisan recognition that the pathway out of poverty is not through consumption but through saving and accumulation.

Economic Amnesia: The Case against Oil Price Controls and Windfall Profit Taxes

Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren
January 12, 2006

In this Policy Analysis, the authors write that the recent rise in gasoline prices has led many observers to call for government price controls and special taxes on oil companies.

The Birth of the Property Rights Movement

Steven J. Eagle
December 15, 2005

In this Policy Analysis, the author contends that over the past century, Americans who own property—homeowners, landlords, businesspeople of all kinds, even nonprofit organizations such as churches

Uncompetitive Elections and the American Political System

Patrick Vasham and Dennis Polhill
June 30, 2005

In this Policy Analysis, the authors argues that American representative government suffers from the handicap of a largely uncompetitive political system.

No Child Left Behind: The Dangers of Centralized Education Policy

Lawrence A. Uzzell
May 31, 2005

In this Policy Analysis, the authors writes that the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) directly contradicts the principles of an “ownership society,” which the administration is promoting in areas su

The Grand Old Spending Party: How Republicans Became Big Spenders

May 3, 2005

In this Policy Analysis for CATO, the author contends that President Bush has presided over the largest overall increase in inflation-adjusted federal spending since Lyndon B. Johnson.

Medicare Prescription Drugs: Medical Necessity Meets Fiscal Insanity

Joseph Antos and Jagadeesh Gokhale
February 9, 2005


The Affirmative Action Myth

Marie Gryphon
April 6, 2005

In this Policy Analysis, Marie Gryphon contends that in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold university admissions preferences, affirmative action remains a deeply divisiv

Health Care in a Free Society: Rebutting the Myths of National Health Insurance

John C. Goodman
January 27, 2005

The realities of national health insurance documented in this paper--waiting lines, rationing, lack of cutting-edge medical technology, restricted access to the latest precription drugs

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