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An Unnecessary “Stimulus”

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, March 5, 2021

The proposed bill not only won’t stimulate; it will actually slow the recovery.

Immigration: Getting It Right

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 1, 2021

The push for open borders ignores the hard questions about how to liberalize immigration laws.

Deep (Freeze) In The Heart Of Texas

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Greater reliance on wind and solar power invites energy meltdowns in extreme conditions.

Tax Rate Hikes And The Economy

by Daniel Heil featuring the work of John H. Cochrane, Michael J. Boskin, Joshua D. Rauh, Milton Friedman, John F. Coganvia Policy Insights | A Succinct Guide to Important Policy Questions
Thursday, February 18, 2021

As a candidate, Biden proposed a series of tax rate increases on high-income families to pay for some of his new programs. What would these tax rate hikes look like, and what would they do to the economy?

The Opportunity-Killing Minimum Wage

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Politicians ignore the economic consensus: wage hikes cost many low-skilled workers not just their jobs but also their foothold in the workforce.

Coca-Cola’s Diversity Diktat Falls Flat

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Unrealistic corporate quotas are no way to advance racial justice.

A Fitting Gift For A Man Of Honor

by Colonel Christopher Starling, USMC (Ret.) featuring George P. Shultzvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Five years ago, a secret mission delivered a belated surprise for George P. Shultz—statesman, teacher, and US Marine.

The Clock Turns Back For Women

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Rising sexual violence in Europe—linked to young immigrant men—threatens women’s hard-earned rights and must not be ignored.

Klobuchar’s Antitrust Blunder

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 8, 2021

Her proposed legislation undermines the consumer welfare she hopes to advance.

Open Season For New Regulations

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Under Biden, economic guardrails vanish: rulemakers no longer have to show that a regulation’s benefits outweigh its costs.


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