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AmeriCorps the Beautiful?

by Harris Wofford, Steven Waldman, Doug Bandowvia Policy Review
Sunday, September 1, 1996

Should conservatives support Clinton's national-service programs?

Can Government Save the Family?

by William A. Galstonvia Policy Review
Sunday, September 1, 1996

A symposium with Sen. John Ashcroft, David Blankenhorn, James Dobson, Gov. John Engler, William Galston, Kay James, D. James Kennedy, Rep. Steve Largent, Dan Quayle, Paul Weyrich

The Naturalizers

by John J. Millervia Policy Review
Monday, July 1, 1996

Raising the standards for American citizenship

Profiles in Citizenship

by Matthew Spaldingvia Policy Review
Wednesday, May 1, 1996

The priest who launched the Knights of Columbus

Spirit of '96

by Robert Rector, Grover Norquistvia Policy Review
Wednesday, May 1, 1996

The states carry the Republican revolution forward

Taxation and Economic Performance

via Analysis
Wednesday, May 1, 1996

Over the past two centuries, economists have debated whether or not higher rates of taxation lead to increased levels of government revenues. In the eighteenth century, Adam Smith pointed to a reduced level of revenues from substantially higher tariffs and duties on traded goods. In the twentieth century, the Laffer Curve postulated that there would be no government revenue at a taxation level of 100 percent or 0 percent. More recently, the debate focused on the tax increases of 1990 and 1993, which were designed to reduce the federal budget deficit through an increase in government revenues. In fact, the forecasted revenue generation following each tax increase fell short of the mark.

Increases in tax rates have not raised the desired additional revenues, but they have dampened economic activity. Higher tax rates tend to reduce the tax base as taxpayers have disincentives to work, produce, save, or invest. There are, however, incentives to hide, shelter, and underreport income as tax rates are raised. Thus, the economy as a whole tends to perform less well following a tax increase. Conversely, the economy tends to perform more favorably following a reduction in tax rates. In the postwar period, government revenues as a percentage of gross domestic product have averaged 19.5 percent despite marginal income tax rates as high as 92 percent and as low as 28 percent. Despite the historic record, policy makers continue to embrace the notion that an increase in marginal tax rates will raise revenues without any attendant adverse effects on economic growth, job creation, or standard of living.

We Hold These Truths

by J.D. Hayworthvia Policy Review
Wednesday, May 1, 1996

Rep. J.D. Hayworth on powers Congress cannot delegate

Eyewitness to a Cataclysm

by Terence Emmons, Bertrand M. Patenaude, Elena Danielsonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, April 30, 1996

Frank Golder--professor of Russian history and the first curator of the Hoover War Collection--founded the extraordinary Slavic collection now housed in the Hoover archives. Golder visited Russia repeatedly during the first three decades of the century, witnessing Russia's entry into the Great War, the Revolution, the early workings of Lenin's government, and the changes in Soviet society after Lenin's death. Herewith excerpts from Golder's historic diary and letters, selected by Acting Archivist Elena S. Danielson.

Nobody Here But Us Liberals

by Seymour Martin Lipsetvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, April 30, 1996

Think America is a conservative country? Think again. Hoover fellow Seymour Martin Lipset explains that there are no true conservatives here--or, for that matter, any true socialists either--just different shades of classical liberals.

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Military History Working Group


The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.