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Volume 21, Issue 25: June 25, 2019

By Allen C. Guelzo (The Wall Street Journal, 6/24/19)
A college degree isn’t what it used to be. Too often, it’s merely a ticket for barista jobs rather than a reliable door opener to upward mobility and economic security. Moreover, today’s crushing burden of student loan debt is stifling household formation and birth rates, which in turn shrinks the pool of future college students. Independent Institute Senior Fellow Richard K. Vedder offers solutions in the most thoughtful book on the crisis, Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America. READ FULL REVIEW ON WSJ.COM (SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED) »



By Lawrence J. McQuillan, Hayeon Carol Park, Adam B. Summers, and Katherine Dwyer (6/25/19)
California’s wildfires of 2017 and 2018 were its worst ever, claiming at least 3 million acres of land, 34,447 structures, and 146 human lives. Cal Fire bears primary responsibility for failing to curb the growth of fuel loads to dangerous levels, but other government agencies are also blameworthy. The Independent Institute’s eighth California Golden Fleece® Award report examines the causes and makes 26 recommendations to improve wildfire safety. READ MORE »

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By Ivan Eland (The American Conservative, 5/24/19)
American presidents have aggressively expanded their reach beyond what the U.S. Constitution authorizes, especially after the start of the Cold War and in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Although Congress abetted the trend of the imperial presidency, Congress may be the only hope for a restoration of constitutional norms. READ MORE »



William J. Watkins Jr. (The Hill, 6/20/19)
Last week the Supreme Court ruled that a person can be tried in a state court and a federal court for the same criminal acts. Rather than bemoaning the 7-2 decision for violating the Constitution’s double-jeopardy clause, pundits should celebrate the Court for upholding the venerable separate-sovereigns doctrine and the principle of federalism. READ MORE »



By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 6/20/19)
Two high-school seniors, both survivors of school shootings, got acceptance letters from Harvard University, but the student with the superior academic record had his offer rescinded. Harvard’s failure to acknowledge the young man’s apologies for his offensive remarks speaks volumes about the admissions office’s own immaturity. READ MORE »


By Scott Beyer (Catalyst, 6/6/19)
Used cars are cheap because new ones keep coming onto the market. Similarly, in unfettered housing markets, the more new home and rental units that are built, the more “used housing” that is freed up to be purchased or rented by low-income residents. This dynamic explains why housing is more affordable in development-friendly Tokyo than in NIMBY-dominated San Francisco. READ MORE »




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