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Volume 21, Issue 15: April 16, 2019

By Richard K. Vedder (The Wall Street Journal, 4/11/19)
One reason college is so costly and so little real learning occurs is that collegiate resources are vastly underused. Students don’t study much, professors teach little, few people read most of the obscure papers the professors write, and even the buildings are empty most of the time. READ MORE »

By Raymond J. March (Washington Examiner, 3/20/19)
The Trump administration is moving to make healthcare providers disclose their prices, including the prices they charge insurers. This is a good start, but transparency is no substitute for competition. Both are needed. READ MORE »

By William F. Shughart II (The Hill, 3/2/19)
Electric-vehicle owners are exempt from paying the taxes earmarked for building and maintaining transportation infrastructure; they also enjoy a hefty federal tax credit. This doesn’t make sense when you consider that electric vehicles cause just as much road damage as conventional vehicles and that federal and state Highway Trust Funds are underfunded. READ MORE »

By Robert P. Murphy (Institute for Energy Research, 3/18/19)
Conservatives and libertarians should run from any “carbon tax deal” that promises to shrink the size of government while battling climate change. As with the case of Alberta, Canada, government-imposed “carbon pricing” schemes never live up to the promise for “efficiency.” READ MORE »

By S. Fred Singer (American Thinker, 2/11/19)
Sea level rise, caused mainly by the melting of glaciers and ice sheets around the world, is occurring at a rate of 1 to 2 millimeters per year, as it has for the past several centuries. At that pace, the sea level will be about six inches higher by 2100—a long way from Al Gore’s estimate of a 20-foot rise. READ MORE »

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