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Lara's Theme Harms California Insurers

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 9, 2019

The state's insurance commissioner punishes a captive industry.

The Assault On Wealth

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A tax on the very rich is a very bad idea.

Our Precarious Pipeline Infrastructure

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 2, 2019

Lawmakers must find ways to expedite the strangling permitting process.

Stalking Trump’s Tax Returns

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 25, 2019

The documents should be released during his presidency only pursuant to an impeachment proceeding.

The DACA Dilemma

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 18, 2019

Congress should fix what the courts and president cannot. 

A Graphic Case For Open Borders

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Brian Caplan makes muscular arguments for immigration. 

Unconstitutional Medicare-For-All

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 11, 2019

 Elizabeth Warren's plan needs a robust take-down


by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Heavy taxes for wasteful health expenditures is the road to economic ruin.

A Proposition 30 Explainer

by Joshua D. Rauh, Ryan Shyu, Greg Kearneyvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Behavioral Responses to State Income Taxation of High Earners: Evidence from California

Trump’s Economic Policies: An Assessment, Part II

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

In this essay: What the president has done wrong. 


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