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Volume 21, Issue 51: December 24, 2019

By Benjamin Powell (The Hill, 12/18/19)
President Trump hasn’t proposed taxing Santa Claus, but he has imposed tariffs on countries that export the Christmas gifts that we give to each other. As a result, there will be fewer and more costly gifts under all of our trees. READ MORE »



By Craig Eyermann (The Beacon, 12/23/19)
After a laudable start, the Trump administration is having trouble carrying out its pledge to eliminate two regulations for every new one it creates. The administration could help fulfill the spirit of bold deregulation if it were to focus on reducing the amount of federal paperwork that Americans must complete, just as Michigan’s Project Re:Form is easing the paperwork burden for 2.5 million people at the state level. READ MORE »



Bestselling Author Amity Shlaes, Oakland, 1/14/20
New York Times bestselling author Amity Shlaes takes on Lyndon Johnson and the so-called “war on poverty” in her acclaimed new book, Great Society: A New History, showing that the cost of Big-Government entitlements are blocking the very opportunities needed now and in the future for all Americans, especially the most disadvantaged. RESERVE TICKETS »


By John C. Goodman and Lawrence J. Wedekind (Forbes, 11/26/19)
At least three-fourths of all opioid addicts in clinic-based Medication Assisted Treatment programs return to the street for a fix. Congress and the Trump administration have the means to advance treatment options with less risk of relapse, but whether they will use them remains to be seen. READ MORE »



By Adam B. Summers (The Orange County Register, 12/16/19)
California’s state government, and many of its local governments, have largely failed to learn the lesson that economic freedom leads to economic prosperity—for all income brackets. It should come as little surprise, then, that the state struggles with such high rates of poverty and net migration to lower-cost states offering more economic freedom. READ MORE »



By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 12/19/19)
The American public’s love affair with universities is declining. While falling birth rates and tight labor markets have contributed to falling enrollment, a major cause is the moral lapse of policymakers and administrators who have made higher education less about learning and more about growing their budgets and bureaucracies. READ MORE »



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