Issue Brief posted May 31, 2012
Understanding Public Pension Costs: The Example of Wisconsin
The generosity of pensions provided to public-sector workers has come under increased scrutiny as states and local governments search for ways to close their budget deficits. The intense and ongoing battle over public-sector collective bargaining in Wisconsin, for example, is in part a conflict over the generosity of public-pension benefits. Whether reducing pension…
Center for Data Analysis Report posted November 7, 2005
Who Bears the Burden? Demographic Characteristics of U.S. Military Recruits Before and After 9/11
A few Members of Congress,
motivated by American combat in the Middle East, have called for
the reinstatement of a compulsory military draft. The case for
coercing young citizens to join the military is supposedly based on
social justice?that all should serve?and seems to be
buttressed by reports of shortfalls in voluntary enlistment.
In a New York Times op-ed…
Backgrounder posted November 2, 1993
Should Congress Be Above the Law?
(Archived document, may contain errors)
T 965 November 2,1993 SHOULD CONGRESS BE ABOVE THE LAW Congress] can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of society James Madison, Federalist No. 57 It has been said here many times tonight that we want to treat Senators the same as everyone else Mr.…
Backgrounder posted August 3, 1990
High School Dropouts: How Much of a Crisis?
In his first State of the Union Address, George Bush this
January set six goals to strengthen American education. One of them
is to reduce the national high school dropout rate to 10 percent by
the end of the decade. Currently, according to Bush, the rate is 25
percent. This high rate, it is said, saddles the United States with