A Rent Control Renaissance Is Underway in the US—and It’s Sure to Make the Housing Shortage Worse
Failed attempts to implement rent control remind us there is really only one way to lower housing prices when there is a shortage: build more housing

If one needed any more proof that rent control laws suppress investment in new housing, then it is not necessary to look any further than this recent survey from the National Apartment Association. They found that “Over 70% of housing providers say rent control impacts their investment and development plans; actions include reducing investments, shifting plans to other markets, and canceling plans altogether.”

Eliminating the Debt Ceiling: Is There Anything the 14th Amendment Can’t Do?

The Biden administration threatens to invoke Section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment to sidestep the longstanding federal debt ceiling in a way that would increase the power of the executive branch. Although largely responsible for the modern debt ceiling, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) would be proud. A US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) case decided in FDR’s first term in office, Perry v. United States (294 U.S. 330, 1935), nevertheless brings Biden’s position into serious question.

Who Owns Your DNA?

How secure is your DNA? Even if you have never purchased an ancestry kit, your identity can easily be traced through the DNA samples of your relatives.

No Taxes Before 30
A plan to counter underachievement and indolence

“More Americans benefit from public expenditures than pay income taxes,” contends Adam Mill at American Greatness, a trend accelerated by the response to COVID-19. The real national emergency is a system that “encourages people to underachieve and indulge indolence,” Mill advances a solution: you pay no taxes until you turn 30. 

Central Banks—What Lebanon Teaches Us

A raging debate is taking place in many countries about central banks, perceived by many as responsible for inflation and other monetary dislocations that are hurting ordinary folks. The United States is one of them, but there are many more. In Argentina, one of the countries with the highest price inflation, an outsider has gained traction in the polls by, among other things, promising to abolish the central bank and adopt the U.S. dollar as the national currency if he wins this year’s elections. 

The Growing Burden of Old National Debt

Although the debt ceiling debates, like the one currently taking place in Washington D.C., are nothing new, there is something unique about this one that makes it more of a cause for concern than the ones that came before.

Why Aim for 2% Inflation?

The Federal Reserve has set a 2% target for inflation, which, if hit, would result in prices doubling in about 36 years. Is this the “best” inflation rate in some sense?

Fed Expands its Span of Control over U.S. Banks

“First Republic Seized, Sold to JPMorgan,” reads the headline on page A1 of May 2’s Wall Street Journal. First Republic’s collapse—the second largest bank failure in U.S. history, according to the story’s authors, Rachel Louise Ensign and Ben Eisen—quickly lost half of its deposits ($100 billion) in the wake of the unraveling of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) in March.

CBO Puts Full Price Tag on Biden Student Loan Relief Scheme

Since President Biden announced he would forgive the student loans of millions of Americans last year, the biggest unanswered question about the scheme has been how much it would cost taxpayers.

Is Inflation Slowing? A Look Ahead

The Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI numbers show that prices were up 4.9% from April 2022 to April 2023. We can be pretty confident that, measured by the CPI, inflation is much lower now than when it peaked a year ago. Inflation is slowing.

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