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Volume 21, Issue 9: March 5, 2019

By William F. Shughart II (Morning Consult, 2/14/19)
Withdrawing from NAFTA prior to the ratification of President Trump’s proposed United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement would cause major harm to U.S. businesses. Congress should move quickly to ratify the USMCA, creating a freer and more certain North American trade landscape and plotting a course for the U.S. economy’s continued growth. READ MORE »



By John C. Goodman (Forbes, 2/19/19)
In just about every other country in the world, the market in health care has been so systematically suppressed that no one ever sees a real price for anything. When individual prices are set by the political system, they have no meaningful relationship to costs but instead are determined by the ebb and flow of special interest pressures. READ MORE »



By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 2/5/19)
It’s laudable to encourage kids with lower incomes to apply to good colleges, but policies that apply this principle blindly can do students a great disservice. For every student accepted into a school with academic standards below the student’s ability, at least five students are accepted at schools above the level that best fits their academic record. READ MORE »



By Lawrence J. McQuillan (The Orange County Register, 3/2/19)
California’s troubled Department of Motor Vehicles is long overdue for a major overhaul, as Gov. Gavin Newsom’s creation of a “DMV Reinvention Strike Team” suggests. The best path forward requires new leadership, partnership with innovative technology companies, the option of online service for all routine matters, and the agency’s eventual replacement by responsive private vendors. READ MORE »

Driving Californians Crazy: The Department of Motor Vehicles Wins Dishonor of California Golden Fleece® Award for Its Incompetence and Poor Customer Service


By S. Fred Singer (American Thinker, 2/9/19)
The argument that fossil fuel emissions have pushed up global temperatures utterly fails if the earth hasn’t actually been warming. Curiously, the “warming trend” of the late twentieth century follows a growing reliance on temperature data collected from airport weather stations and drifting ocean buoys—sources prone to upward temperature bias. READ MORE »



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