Commentary

Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert H. Frank explains in The New York Times why tax cuts for the rich have not been successful at stimulating economic growth compared to other options available to Congress and the Bush Administration.

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Government Accounting Office figures released in late May about upcoming changes to Pell Grants provide another glaring example of why it's time to let go of the illusion that we're moving toward an "ownership society."

To have an ownership society, we have to commit to ensuring widespread, affordable educational opportunity. Education is key to the increased earning potential needed to enable saving and ownership. But even with this fact staring us in the face, we are actually decreasing access to education.

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LA Daily News

Senior Fellow Jennifer Wheary outlines the latest Government Accounting Office estimates released late last month show that nearly 2 million low- and moderate-income students will see their Pell grants decrease or disappear for the 2005-06 school year.

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New York Daily News

Election 2004 was supposed to be different. But as many Ohio residents witnessed last November, things haven't quite gone according to plan. Voters continue to be frustrated by the shoddy and inept administration of elections. Problems with voter registration topped the list of complaints received by the massive election protection campaigns mounted last year by a consortium of voting rights organizations.

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Tompaine.com

When the New York City Department of Education announced last week that fourth graders achieved the highest one-year gains ever on the state's English Language Arts exam, there was cause for celebration. The buzz around fourth graders' results implies that we have some answers about what helps kids improve. Yet a close look at what happened to eighth graders raises worrisome questions.

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Newsday

Not quite as far as "The Apprentice" would lead you to believe.

One ritual I'll surely miss is sitting next to my twin sister, Sara Jo, squawking at the screen, as we heckle some hapless schmuck getting the ax on NBC's "The Apprentice." Tonight we'll be among the tens of millions watching Tana Goertz (a high-school graduate) face off against Kendra Todd (a college-educated yuppie) on the season finale.

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As Congress moves to permanently repeal the estate tax, Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Frank explains that public support for this tax cut is largely an illusion.

Many opponents of the estate tax argue that the revenue shortfall caused by its repeal will reduce bloated government. But in our current political system, spending cuts are more likely to take aim at basic public services than wasteful pork barrel projects.

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There's no denying it any longer. I've turned 65. I've enrolled in Medicare. I'll apply shortly for Social Security.

I'm a senior.

Like many, I suppose, I began the journey to senior status gradually. One milestone was the time a kid asked me to throw him a ball that had gotten away from him, and called me "sir."

At 50, I got an invitation to join the American Association of Retired Persons. Then I twice became a grandfather. At 62, I received reduced prices at movie theaters, which I gladly accepted.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Michael Lipsky and Dianne Stewart, of Public Works Program, describe the challenges state governments are confronting as a result of the erosion of support for the role of government, and the efforts that are emerging to restore the public sector.

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Like clockwork after school shootings such as the one at Red Lake, Minn., the national media sensationalize the perpetrators' lives and recycle trivial theories about the causes.

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