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Raise Taxes on the Poor?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Yes. A flat tax could help solve the debt crisis.

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What Would Alexander Hamilton Do?

by Michael McConnellvia Defining Ideas
Friday, July 22, 2011

The founder’s financial wisdom holds lessons for today’s debt crisis.

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We Want Our Citizens Engaged, Not Enraged

by Mark Blitzvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 21, 2011

That's the only way to keep excessive government at bay.

A ‘Debt Limit’ Compromise

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Republicans must reconsider the "no new taxes" pledge.

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Save Our Secret Ballot

by Clint Bolickvia Defining Ideas
Friday, July 15, 2011

Workers support it. States support it. The courts support it. Why doesn't the Obama administration?

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Nanny Runs Amok

by Henry I. Miller, Jeff Stiervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Social engineering, Obamacare-style.

Our Curious CAFE Culture

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

There’s a better way, surely, to regulate automobile emissions.

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The SEC’s Publicity Hounds

by Jonathan Maceyvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 7, 2011

The commission’s perverse incentives are disrupting capital markets.

Would We Ever Ground Air Force One?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Of course not. So why the jihad against corporate jets?

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American Amnesia

by William Damonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, July 1, 2011

Young people in this country are failing civics, which is a crisis for the nation.


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