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What is Washington Doing to Your Medicare?
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What is Washington Doing to Your Medicare?

Like a lot of things these days, health care for the elderly and disabled is getting more complicated. This booklet explains the basics of Medicare, the problems now facing Medicare and ways to fix the program. Although this easy-to-read guide won’t answer all your questions about Medicare, it will help health care consumers and taxpayers understand the consequences of government-run solutions versus the benefits of a consumer-based Medicare system.

03/01/2000
America Demands Customer Choice in Electricity
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America Demands Customer Choice in Electricity

Do you remember choosing your power company? Probably not, because you had no say in the matter. Unfortunately, when it comes to electricity, there is no customer choice—your only option is the local government approved and protected monopoly. In other industries, competition keeps prices low and service reliable. But electric power is the last major industry where there is no competition, and because of that, many customers pay too much. Facing high costs and poor service, what can consumers do—live without power?

03/01/2000
CSE and CEI Letter to the FCC on the Bell Atlantic GTE Merger
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CSE and CEI Letter to the FCC on the Bell Atlantic GTE Merger

The letter reads: The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation (CSE Foundation) hereby submit these comments in favor of the application of Bell Atlantic and GTE to transfer control of certain licenses pursuant to a proposed acquisition of GTE by Bell Atlantic.

03/01/2000
Breaking Down the Barriers to Competition: A Brighter Future for Telecommunications
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Breaking Down the Barriers to Competition: A Brighter Future for Telecommunications

Most Americans now have more than a decade of experience with telephone competition, paying a lot less for much more. Long-distance phone calls cost half as much now as they did before competition, and there are hundreds more telephone products available to use at home, in the car, at the office or just about anywhere. Price cuts and diverse choices could soon come to local phone service and video services as well – if lawyers, regulators and politicians don’t get in the way.

03/01/2000
Removing Government Roadblocks: Opening the Road to a High-Tech Future
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Removing Government Roadblocks: Opening the Road to a High-Tech Future

High technology promises to give Americans better and faster products and services, yet government seems to limit innovation at every turn. Whether through taxation, regulation, or litigation, government just can’t keeps its hands off of high technology. Across the nation, federal, state, and local governments seem bent on stunting the development of telecommunications, software, and computer hardware. They do this for several reasons: Bureaucrats think they can “promote competition” by penalizing firms that compete too aggressively and successfully.

03/01/2000
Government Regulation and the Internet: A Stranglehold on the Future
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Government Regulation and the Internet: A Stranglehold on the Future

Today, the Internet is a resource unparalleled in history and its accessibility to people across America should be a primary concern for policymakers. What the Internet could be tomorrow, no one really knows; but the possibilities stretch the imagination. The Internet is speeding millions of Americans from “Telegraph Road” to the information superhighway and raising their standard of living along the way. Just four years after the Internet became available to mainstream America, nearly 40 percent of us are already online.

03/01/2000
Clinton's Band-Aid Approach to Medicare Reform
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Clinton's Band-Aid Approach to Medicare Reform

President Clinton has finally offered his new plan for Medicare, but it isn't clear why he calls it a "reform" package. Clinton's Medicare solutions are about as effective as several small band-aids on an Ebola patient. His two big ideas - expanding Medicare and spending projected surplus tax revenues - will likely make Medicare's long-term problems worse.

02/29/2000
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Clinton and the Internet Tax: Scrap the Code?
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Clinton and the Internet Tax: Scrap the Code?

After meeting with the nation's governors for two hours yesterday, President Clinton told them that states should be responsible for solving the Internet tax "problem." A White House spokesman immediately clarified the president's position and explained that the president is opposed to any discriminatory taxes on the Internet or taxes on Internet access. We say, good for him. Pernicious Internet access taxes already increase the cost of getting online. Just to mention a couple, there is the multi-billion dollar Gore tax and the federal excise tax on telecommunications services.

02/28/2000
Tech Fact #8 - Hands Off the Internet Also Means No Handout: A Gore Minitel Mission is a Mistake
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Tech Fact #8 - Hands Off the Internet Also Means No Handout: A Gore Minitel Mission is a Mistake

Politicians just cannot stay away from the Internet. Innovation in information technology-related products has created a stampede of presidential hopefuls toward the surprise issue of the year: the Internet.

02/28/2000
The Great Debt Retirement Fallacy
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The Great Debt Retirement Fallacy

Copley News Service, 02/25/2000 A misguided bipartisan policy consensus has congealed in Washington, D.C.: Raise tax rates to balance the budget and keep federal revenues at or near an all-time high of 20.5 percent of GDP to run budget surpluses and retire the public debt. Within the past few months, President Clinton and House Speaker Dennis Hastert have committed the Democratic and Republican parties to retiring every dollar of debt held by the public no later than the year 2015. Both parties are making a profound mistake.

02/25/2000

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