Domestic Policy


When Second Best Is the Best We Can Do Report
Informational pamphlets are posted at the Los Angeles County Superior Court Resource Center for Self-Represented Litigants at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)

When Second Best Is the Best We Can Do

We must keep pressing for more lawyers while doing everything we can to make the courts less impenetrable for people who struggle to use them without legal representation.

Peter Edelman

Grounds for Objection Report
People gather at the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Resource Center for Self-represented Litigants at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. More people are opting to represent themselves in civil court matters because they don't have the money to afford an attorney. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)

Grounds for Objection

A significant number of people are unable to afford legal assistance, a serious problem for both litigants and courts, writes Joy Moses.

Joy Moses

Eliminating Big Oil Tax Loopholes Won’t Lead to a Tax Increase Article
The fact that tax expenditures are government spending is more  widely recognized by conservative economists and politicians.  President  Ronald Reagan’s chief economic advisor, economist Dr. Martin Feldstein, above, noted recently that tax expenditures are equivalent to direct government expenditures. (AP/Riccardo De Luca)

Eliminating Big Oil Tax Loopholes Won’t Lead to a Tax Increase

Seth Hanlon and Daniel J. Weiss explain why oil company lobbyists are wrong when they claim that ending handouts to companies will increase taxes.

Seth Hanlon, Daniel J. Weiss

Payment Police 2.0 Report
The design of the Medicare and Medicaid programs encourages improper payments and impedes detection and recoupment of these payments. We need to address these shortcomings. Billions of taxpayer dollars are at stake. (iStockphoto/Andre Blais)

Payment Police 2.0

Marsha Simon outlines how to save billions by addressing improper Medicare and Medicaid payments.

Marsha Simon

Big Oil’s Misbegotten Tax Gusher Article
Route 1 traffic bisects Exxon and Mobil gas stations Thursday, April 27, 2006, in Scarborough, Maine. Exxon Mobil Corp. reported first-quarter earnings of $11 billion, nearly 70 percent higher than a year ago. (AP/Robert F. Bukaty)

Big Oil’s Misbegotten Tax Gusher

Seth Hanlon shows how oil and gas companies are poised to reap more than $70 billion in tax breaks over the next 10 years, even as they rake in billions in profits that are squeezing ordinary Americans at the pump.

Seth Hanlon

Infrastructure Matters Article
Potholes are visible on a farming back road in Tulare, California. More than 146,000 of the 600,000 bridges in this country are failing, and nearly 800,000 miles of our roadways are in unacceptably poor condition, contributing to accidents and congestion. (AP/Gary Kazanjian)

Infrastructure Matters

We need to invest in infrastructure now for the sake of public safety and to boost our economy, says Donna Cooper.

Donna Cooper

Timing Is Everything Article
A woman waits to be called for an appointment for food stamps in El Cajon, California. The federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, kept 3.6 million people out of poverty in 2009. (AP/Gregory Bull)

Timing Is Everything

Joy Moses applauds the new Government Accountability Office report on costly overlapping government programs, especially its recommendations to proceed cautiously before reforming hunger and homelessness programs.

Joy Moses

Getting What We Pay for from Our Schools Article
Cedarlane Middle School teacher Angela Wang, right, teaches origami in the Hacienda Heights area of Los Angeles. Despite similar student bodies and financial inputs, Los Angeles’ students score consistently lower than San Diego’s students on state reading and math exams from elementary all the way through high school. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)

Getting What We Pay for from Our Schools

We should look for ways to get more bang for our educational buck in the United States, writes James Hairston.

James Hairston

Reorganizing Government to Promote Competitiveness Report

Reorganizing Government to Promote Competitiveness

Jitinder Kohli and Jordan Eizenga examine the government’s ability to make policy and implement programs that promote competitiveness, and present four options for government reorganization.

Jitinder Kohli, Jordan Eizenga

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