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Intellections

Why Nations Go To War

by Victor Davis Hanson, Kori Schakevia Policyed.org
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

War is politics by other means. In other words, when political leaders cannot get what they want through peaceful methods, they judge the cost of achieving their goal through military force. Preventing armed conflict requires raising the cost of using force. Until the cost of any armed conflict is prohibitively high, conflicts will continue.

Blueprint for America

Reforming The Tax Code

by Michael J. Boskinvia PolicyEd.org
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The primary goal of America’s tax code should be to raise the revenue to finance the necessary functions of government in the least distortionary manner possible. Tax systems with broad bases and low tax rates are the most effective foundation for an efficient, growing economy. While consumption taxes are efficient, all forms of taxation should be considered as long as they are revenue-neutral and accompanied by rigorous, enforceable spending controls.
Blueprint for America

Transformational Health Care Reform

by Scott W. Atlasvia Policyed.org
Thursday, August 3, 2017

The American health care system is on an unsustainable path characterized by government-dominated insurance. Fixing health care begins with changing the incentives and empowering consumers to seek value with their money, while increasing competition among providers. Liberalized HSAs, insurance with lower premiums and fewer mandates, and more options for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees will improve access, choice, and quality of health care.

Intellections

Bouncing Back: The Role Of Social Safety Nets

by Lee Ohanianvia Policyed.org
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Social safety nets exist to help those who have fallen on hard times. However, when poorly designed they can lead to long-term dependence. It is crucial to design social safety nets to encourage people to transition from government assistance back into the workforce.

Intellections

Disrupting The Health Care Industry: Choice Through Competition

by John H. Cochranevia Policyed.org
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The most important driver of revolutions in price and quality comes from new companies entering a market. But numerous rules and regulations have made health care into a uniquely uncompetitive market. A revolution in health care will require eliminating the restrictions that prevent new entrants to the market.

Office Hours

Office Hours: Kori Schake On Making Empty Threats In Foreign Policy

by Kori Schakevia PolicyEd.org
Friday, July 7, 2017

Hoover Institution Fellow Kori Schake responds to questions related to the making of empty threats in foreign policy.

Office Hours

Office Hours: Kori Schake On Defining Political End States

by Kori Schakevia PolicyEd.org
Friday, July 7, 2017

Hoover Institution Fellow Kori Schake explains what it means to clearly define a political end state in foreign policy.

Intellections

The Formula For Economic Growth

by John B. Taylorvia Policyed.org
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Economic growth increases when more people work more productively. However, economic growth has slowed in the last decade, as increases in productivity and hours worked have fallen to fractions of their previous rates. Returning to rapid economic growth will require policies that encourage individuals to rejoin the workforce and businesses to invest in physical capital.

Intellections

A Better Way To Preserve The Environment

by Terry Andersonvia Policyed.org
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Many people believe government rules and regulations are the only way to protect the environment. But there are important benefits that properly structured market forces can bring to environmental policy. When the government and markets work together, it leads to effective solutions for sustainability.

Intellections

Is Single Payer Right For America?

by Scott W. Atlasvia Policyed.org
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Many people support a single-payer health care system because they believe it would cover more people at a lower cost. But it is important to consider the tradeoffs to care, access, and wait times that come with single payer. Expanding coverage to more people is expensive, and high costs mean the government has no choice but to reduce access to certain drugs, procedures, and doctors.

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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.


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