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America Off Balance

Reconsidering Last Year’s Budget Proposal

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The White House is set to release its 2020 budget request any day now. Including the introduction, appendices, and supplemental materials, the proposal will be well over one thousand pages. Each section will be filled with descriptions and tables outlining how much the president wants to spend on each department, agency, and program. The proposal goes to Congress where, unsurprisingly, much of it is disregarded.

Friedman Fundamentals

The Appropriate Role Of Government

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Milton Friedman, Hoover Institution Senior Research Fellow and Nobel Laureate, discusses how there are times when the government can become involved without infringing upon political freedom and autonomy. If two individuals enter into a business, most likely they will both benefit from it; however, there are cases in which a business can impose a cost on another individual without providing reparation. In this case, the government can become involved if markets are unable to compensate for the harm they’ve imposed.

Hoover Institution Launches Friedman Fundamentals, A Video Series Highlighting The Nobel Laureate’s Policy Insights

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution today launched Friedman Fundamentals, the latest video series in its Educating Americans in Public Policy (PolicyEd) program. The new videos pair the voice of economist Milton Friedman with custom and contemporary animation to compellingly illustrate his timeless explanations of economic concepts and policy ideas.

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America Off Balance

The One Topic That Won't Be Discussed At The State Of The Union

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Monday, February 4, 2019

President Trump is set to deliver his second State of the Union Address. Pundits are already guessing what will happen. Will the hour-long speech focus entirely on the nation’s southern border? Will the president extend an olive branch to the new Congress? How many audience members will fall asleep?

New Hoover Institution Digital Products Highlight Fiscal Challenges And The Need To Fix America’s Chronic Debt Problem

Thursday, January 31, 2019
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Scholars at the Hoover Institution have created a new web platform, America Off Balance, that hosts digital products highlighting the looming fiscal disaster that the country will face—unless tough choices are made, and made soon.

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America Off Balance

America Off Balance: One Nation Under Debt

featuring Hoover Institutionvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Scroll through America Off Balancethe Hoover Institution’s new web platform that guides users through the tough choices that must be made to avert looming fiscal disaster and fix the federal budget.  The platform hosts three major digital products: an interactive tour of the federal budget (The Balancing Act), a comprehensive state-of-the-art Budget Calculator to identify and test new reform proposals, and Budget Matters, which offers analysis and commentary on policy options.

America Off Balance

Are We Growing Too Slowly?

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Monday, January 28, 2019

If we’re going to put fiscal policy on a more sustainable course, we first need to diagnose the cause of the projected future imbalance. We have three potential culprits: we’re not growing fast enough, we’re not taxing enough, or we’re spending too much.

Policy Insights

Policy Insights: Free Trade

featuring Milton Friedman, John B. Taylor, John H. Cochrane, Edward Paul Lazear, Michael J. Boskin, Richard A. Epstein, Russ Roberts, Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

After a generation of trade liberalizations, many Americans—on the left and the right—are having second thoughts.

Blueprint for America

Redefining Energy Security: Blueprint For America

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr.via PolicyEd
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The United States is close to achieving energy independence for the first time in decades, but it should go further to achieve energy security.


Enhancing Economic Growth Through Immigration

by Edward Paul Lazearvia PolicyEd
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Immigration has always been a vital component of economic growth in the United States, and certain types of immigrants are more likely to start businesses than others. Younger, more educated immigrants are more likely to be entrepreneurial, as are immigrants who come from countries that haven’t traditionally sent many people to America. The United States could boost its economy if it rebalanced its immigration system to give them a preferred path for green cards.


Educating Americans about Public Policy

The digital media revolution has transformed the way people obtain information and form opinions. Countless partisan outlets peddle assertions and “sound bites” as indisputable facts. Few people have the knowledge and analytical skills to navigate this torrent of misinformation. They crave credible and accessible sources of facts, analysis, and information about proposed policies and the effects of those already enacted.

The Hoover Institution

Since its founding nearly 100 years ago, Stanford University’s Hoover Institution has sought to promote economic opportunity and prosperity, secure peace, and improve the human condition. Unique among policy research organizations, Hoover is part of a world-renowned university. In addition to being scholars, our fellows are educators.

Seeking to become the foremost source of policy knowledge, wisdom, and insights, we have launched the Mary Jo and Dick Kovacevich Initiative at the Hoover Institution, Educating Americans in Public Policy. The initiative seeks to:

  • Equip Americans with accurate facts and information, as well as a discerning analytical perspective, so they can better perform their civic duties, hold their elected leaders accountable, and “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
  • Provide political leaders with reliable knowledge and analysis—tools with which they might assess alternatives in the shaping and execution of public policy.

This effort will build on our legacy of substantive policy inquiry where partisan advocacy has become the norm.

The Hoover Institution acknowledges significant gifts in support of its Education Americans in Public Policy initiative from the following generous and committed family foundations and individuals:

    Mary Jo and Dick Kovacevich Family Foundation
    S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
    Kurt and Julie Hauser
    E.A. and Suzanne Maas
    Frank and Mona Mapel