Mickey Levy, E21
Oliver Wiseman, CapX
What Second Quarter GDP Numbers Mean
Mickey Levy, E21
The Needless Cost of Living Crisis
Oliver Wiseman, CapX
The dangers of independence for executive branch agencies
Peter J. Wallison | The Federalist Society
In a decision filed on July 16, a three-judge panel held that the Federal Housing Finance Agency — the regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — was unconstitutionally structured because the director of the agency was appointed for a five-year term and could not be removed from office by the president except “for cause.”
THE U.S. & ECONOMIC MOBILITY
The US does poorly on yet another metric of economic mobility
Aparna Mathur | Forbes
A new report from the World Bank tracks 148 countries, with 96 percent of the world’s population, to answer the age-old question of how much economic opportunity and upward economic mobility a country really offers its citizens.
Eric Hanushek: Economic Mobility Around The World
interview with Eric Hanushek via AEI
Hoover Institution fellow Eric Hanushek joins a panel discussion concerning a report titled “Fair Progress? Economic Mobility Across Generations Around the World.” The panelists suggest local, national, and global policies that could help break the cycle of poverty, paving the way for the next generation to realize their potential and improve their lives.
Ten Commandments Of The Supreme Court
by Victor Davis Hanson via National Review
1) Right to Left. The majority of post-war Republican Supreme Court nominees, who were initially perceived as conservative, turned liberal on the bench (Harry Blackmun, William Brennan, David Souter, John Paul Stevens, Earl Warren), or went from right-wing to center-right or centrist (Warren Burger, Sandra Day O’Connor, Anthony Kennedy, John Roberts).
WHY ITS OVER FOR McDONALDS
CONSERVATISM IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
Conservatism's Challenges In The Age Of Trump
by Peter Berkowitz via Real Clear Politics
In these confounding times, conservatives would do well to recall that modern conservatism is a creature of confounding times. Both the broad school of politics that emerged in England in the 17th and 18th centuries and the mature, post-World War II American variant arose to combat new threats to freedom -- and freedom’s moral, cultural, and religious preconditions.
Social Security's Downward Spiral
by Charles Blahous via Defining Ideas
The program promises benefits far in excess of its projected revenues. Why haven't lawmakers acted?
The 2018 Medicare Trustees Report
Joseph Antos and Robert E. Moffit | AEI Economic Perspectives
Medicare’s financial outlook has deteriorated in the past year. Every year, the program relies more on general revenues to cover its costs. In total, Medicare will receive $324 billion in general revenues this year. That will more than double by 2026. Prompt action is needed to put Medicare on a sound financial footing.
The 2018 Medicare Trustees Report: Fiscal and policy challenges
Joseph Antos and Robert Emmet Moffit
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Medicare’s financial outlook has deteriorated in the past year, according to the latest annual report by the program’s trustees. The Medicare Hospital Insurance trust fund is projected to be depleted in 2026, three years earlier than estimated in last year’s report. That understates the policy challenge. Every year, the program relies more on general revenues to cover its costs. In total, Medicare will receive $324 billion in general revenues this year. That will more than double by 2026. Prompt action is needed to put Medicare on a sound financial footing.
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The 2018 Medicare Trustees Report: Fiscal challenges and future reforms
A proposal to enhance competition and reform bidding in the Medicare Advantage Program.
Questions and Answers about Medicare for All’s Costs
Charles Blahous, E21
My recently-published estimate of the federal costs of Medicare for All (M4A) continues to receive public and press attention. The ongoing discussion has prompted a number of common questions about the study, which this article attempts to answer. While Americans are already shouldering the vast majority of these costs in other ways, it does not necessarily follow that they would be comfortable with transferring virtually all these personal and societal resources to the federal government to redistribute in the form of health benefits. Read more here...
New Hoover Book And Video Series On American Exceptionalism
via Hoover Daily Report
A new Hoover Institution Press book, American Exceptionalism in a New Era: Rebuilding the Foundation of Freedom and Prosperity, explores the ideas that have made this country a strong and prosperous nation with a unique role in the world. A suite of related digital media products, including a series of short videos featuring Senior Fellow Ed Lazear and audio podcasts, are included in this book launch.
New Issue Of Hoover Digest Online
via Hoover Digest
The summer issue of Hoover Digest is now available online. The journal focuses on topics both classical—the economy, personal freedom, the role of government—and timely, such as cybersecurity, terrorism, and geopolitical shifts.
The geographic variation in the cost of the opioid crisis
Alex Brill and Scott Ganz | AEI Economic Perspectives
How we enabled the Chinese opioid supply chain
Roger Bate | AEIdeas
THE PRIMACY OF CIVIL SOCIETY: WHAT THE ISLAMISTS DON'T GET & CARDINAL MULLER; THE BENEDICT OPTION
THE AMERICAN CONTEXT OF CIVIL SOCIETY By EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin
Stanford Social Innovation Review
In both the conservative and progressive imagination, civil society is valued—for opposite reasons—as an arbiter between the individual and the national state. But by viewing civil society as the core of America’s social life, we can see our way toward a politics that might overcome some of the dysfunctions of our day. Read More
Cdl. Müller: “We are experiencing conversion to the world, instead of to God”
By CWR Staff on Jun 26, 2018 05:46 pm
In an exclusive CWR interview, the former prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith discusses tensions over the proposed reception of Holy [...]
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St. Thomas Aquinas, Vatican II, and the “Benedict Option”
By John Paul Meenan on Jun 26, 2018 04:13 pm
We should all adopt some sort of interior ‘Benedict Option’, to ensure our souls are not conformed to this age, to keep our thoughts and [...]
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OHIO TEA LEAVESBy EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen
Forecasts for the upcoming midterm elections rely primarily on the generic congressional ballot poll, but an August special election for a House seat in Ohio might tell us more about the eventual outcome. Read More