Articles by Doug Bandow

Labor Unions for America... or the World?

On Tuesday House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI) released "A New Trade Policy for America," which would turn free trade into ever more regulated trade. Their proposal directs the... Read More

Who Should Define What's 'Reasonable'?

Politicians are always looking for a new goose to pluck to win the political favor of their constituents. Today everyone from congressmen to city councilmen treat the drugmakers like a flock of geese.   At least Congress has national jurisdiction.... Read More

Solving the Asbestos Imbroglio

"Justice is distorted and our economy is held back," declared President George W. Bush in his State of the Union speech, by "frivolous asbestos claims." In fact, abusive asbestos litigation has ruined companies, left victims uncompensated, and clogged the courts... Read More

How to Wreck the Military

John Kerry says that the Bush administration is heading towards a draft. Administration spokesmen say that's just an urban legend. Before going home to campaign, the Republican House voted against restarting conscription to quiet public fears. In fact, the... Read More

Baseball and Circuses for the Poor

Games and circuses once were provided by government. How better to satiate the desire of the Roman masses than to entertain them in the Arena? Today government builds stadiums to attract sports franchises for the same purpose. But the... Read More

A Cancer in the Medicare System

Medicare faces trillions of dollars of unfunded liabilities, but legislators are constantly tempted to increase benefits and thus spending. They should resist their inner darkness as the Bush administration attempts to create a more rational reimbursement system f Read More

Withdrawing U.S. Forces: A Good Start

President George W. Bush has proposed bringing home about one-third of U.S. troops stationed in Asia and Europe. It's a good start, but it doesn't go nearly far enough. The administration shouldn't just plan on pulling back 60,000 or... Read More

Fixing California's Perpetual Energy Crisis

It's deja vu all over again, famously said Yogi Berra. So it is in California, which risks tumbling into yet another energy crisis. The only answer is increased supplies, which require new investment and construction. Which should include facilities... Read More

The Politics of Iraq

The 9/11 Commission has issued its final report and, to no one's surprise, found manifold intelligence mistakes. The Clinton and Bush administrations share responsibility for those failings, but cannot be fairly blamed for the terrorist attacks of September 11.... Read More

The Politics of Drug Demonization

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the new drug Avastin, which shrinks tumors. The FDA pushed through the medicine, produced by Genetech, because Avastin significantly aided patients with advanced bowel cancer. Yet in the view of many Americans, not... Read More

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