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Volume 21, Issue 20: May 21, 2019

By Vicki E. Alger (Houston Chronicle, 5/15/19)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposed tax on ultra-millionaires wouldn’t raise enough money to cover free college for all, but this isn’t the only flaw of her signature policy recommendation. At root is a mistaken premise. In reality, college loan debt hasn’t soared because government funding is too little, but because it’s too much. READ MORE »

By Alvaro Vargas Llosa (American Thinker, 5/17/19)
The real danger facing the United States isn’t the radicalization of the Democratic Party, it’s the public’s misconception of how capitalism works. People still blame the free market for causing the financial crisis of 2008, when in fact it was a government-engineered credit boom that set the stage. The widespread confusion has enabled policymakers to implement measures that could precipitate another economic meltdown. READ MORE »

By Ivan Eland (Real Clear World, 2/27/19)
The president’s inward-looking security posture may not be enough to keep the United States from slipping into the role of global policeman. President Trump should listen to the Europeans on Iran, Venezuela, Syrian, and trade. Europeans, for their part, should heed Trump’s call for them to dramatically step up their defensive game. READ MORE »

By John C. Goodman (Forbes, 5/10/19)
Electronic health records (EHR) are supposed to deliver better patient care at lower cost, but those benefits have yet to materialize in any appreciable way, some researchers conclude. Moreover, once digitized, health records are easy to steal and share, putting Americans’ medical privacy at mortal risk. READ MORE »

By Kelly Lester (Catalyst, 5/16/19)
Childcare affordability is a key to helping families feel more secure during times of economic uncertainty. One way to make it more affordable is by reducing state limits of child-staff ratios at childcare facilities. READ MORE »

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