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The Covenant Marriage

by Chris Caldwellvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 30, 1998

When people say "I do," how can we ensure that they will? Hoover media fellow Christopher Caldwell examines an effort by the state of Louisiana to shore up the institution of marriage.

Campaign Finance: A Reform to End All Reforms

by Annelise Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 30, 1998

Reformers such as Senators McCain and Feingold want to impose new limits on the amounts of money political campaigns are allowed to raise and spend. Hoover fellow Annelise Anderson agrees that the current system is a mess—but she proposes precisely the opposite solution.

Reengineering College Student Financial Aid

via Analysis
Wednesday, April 1, 1998

Our society continues to assign considerable value to higher education and, for the most part, desires to have it in the reach of deserving students. Differences arise, however, over the definition of deserving and who should pay for that education. When limited financial resources are available from government as well as from the private sector, student financial aid resources must be used efficiently. The congressional elections of 1994 and 1996 seem to indicate that the majority of the electorate desires to downsize big government, with its bureaucracy and red tape, and to bring decisions on policy and resource utilization closer to the affected populations and the taxpayers who must finance them.

The model presented in this essay seeks to assign to the three sources of student financial aid--the federal government, state governments, and the institutional and private sector--responsibility for helping to fund specific college costs that students and their parents cannot pay. The roles stipulated in the model for federal and state government adhere to the provisions of the United States Constitution. More than $50 billion is awarded each year in student financial aid; $35 billion of that comes from the federal treasury so federal programs receive particular attention.

Reducing the multiplicity of federal student aid programs will certainly be challenged by those who fear that their largesse from Washington will diminish. Resistance to the changes proposed in this essay can be expected, including the argument that these programs have worked well over time and simply need more funding to make them even better. This essay presents what it is hoped are compelling reasons for reengineering all student financial aid now. The changes will bring about greater effectiveness, efficiency, and equity.

The Gold Star State

by Tyce Palmaffyvia Policy Review
Sunday, March 1, 1998

How Texas jumped to the head of the class in elementary-school achievement

The State of the States

by Steven Haywardvia Policy Review
Sunday, March 1, 1998

Steven Hayward on the conservative way to equalize school funding, and other news from the states

Transforming Arkansas Government

by William D. Eggersvia Policy Review
Sunday, March 1, 1998

William D. Eggers on private efforts to streamline Arkansas’s wide-bodied state government

We the People

by Adam Meyersonvia Policy Review
Sunday, March 1, 1998

Adam Meyerson on lawmakers who prove that leading means more than legislating

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Diplomacy, Wired

by George P. Shultzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 1998

Hoover fellow and former Secretary of State George P. Shultz considers diplomacy in the age of the World Wide Web. His conclusion? Less has changed than you might think.

A Budget Only the Beltway Could Love

by Robert J. Barrovia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 1998

Despite the hurrahs among Republicans and Democrats alike after last summer's budget agreement, Hoover fellow Robert J. Barro sees little cause for celebration. A critique of a big deal.

Illustration by Karen Stolper

If Only the United States Were as Free as Hong Kong

by Milton Friedmanvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 1998

Hong Kong may be back in the hands of mainland China, but direct government spending in Hong Kong remains less than 15 percent of national income--versus some 40 or 50 percent here in the United States. Hoover fellow and Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman considers these facts worth pondering.

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