Kathleen Sebelius Sticks American People With Higher Costs, Fewer Choices, and Lost Jobs

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Better Government, Better Society |

By Doug Bandow Congress passed the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act four years ago. It was a signal political achievement. Alas, ObamaCare is proving to be a policy bust as Kathleen Sebelius leaves her job as Secretary of Health and Human Services. For instance, health insurance premiums are rising dramatically, especially for the young. The federal government now mandates expensive “benefits” that many people do not need...

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Video: Japan and the Free Market

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Better Economy, Featured |

This week’s Think Tech broadcast features a “double header.” In the first half, Dr. Akina speaks with Japanese economists Dr. Hiroshi Yoshida and Yuta Steve Nakano about the state of the Japanese economy. Those who understand the ties between Hawaii’s economy and those of Asia and the Pacific Rim will be glad to hear that the Japanese economy is rebounding. However, the Japanese consumption tax (a tax very similar to our...

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How The GOP Can Win The Upcoming Battle Over Income Inequality

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Better Economy |

By Ralph Benko Following President Obama’s lead, the Democrats are seeking to make income inequality the wedge issue of the 2014 Congressional and Senate elections.  This unquestionably addresses an issue that — after forty years of middle class family wage stagnation — resonates with voters.  Yet the Republicans, thanks to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tx) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tx), not the Democrats, are better positioned to take this on. The...

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India Property Rights Project: Empowering Hundreds of Thousands of Farmers

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Better Society, Featured |

The much-lauded economist Hernando de Soto has created a revolution around the simple but powerful truth that property rights and the rule of law are vital to reducing poverty around the world. Noting that in poor and developing countries, most people live outside of the legal economy, De Soto points out that, “Because they lack property rights, they cannot access capital or credit, so they cannot grow their businesses. Without a...

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The Minimum Wage Typifies Much That Is Wrong With Washington

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Better Economy |

By Doug Bandow President Barack Obama wants to give low-wage Americans a raise. Actually, he doesn’t plan on writing anyone a check. Rather, he wants to force other people to write checks. It’s a bad idea, no matter how popular. In his State of the Union speech President Obama argued: “no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.” He proposed hiking the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour, a 24 percent jump, which “would raise...

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