Our public institutions should be bastions of free thought and speech, fueling a fiercely competitive marketplace of ideas. With correctly aligned incentives, they can provide opportunity for everyone to succeed, especially the least well-off; unleashing previously untapped potential and building a more prosperous future for all. By harnessing the innovation of bottom-up competition, the best ideas in American public higher education can emerge and win.
For years citizens-activists have worked to keep their state governments’ honest and their budgets’ balanced. Yet state governments have been using accounting and other tricks to expand their debt and hide it from the public. Taxpayers need to know the true total of these hidden debts, and legislators need to reduce them or find ways to pay for them.
Absence of transparency, accountability and competition are core reasons that government fails where the private sector succeeds. Applying private sector principles to the practice of government will drive better results. Taxpayers expect results, and realigning incentives can lead to desirable outcomes.
Without greater transparency and competition, prices will only continue to grow. This will fuel calls expanded government involvement and control in the sector— threatening patient access and innovation. These increased government expenditures will necessitate significant tax hikes, further burdening the consumer.
Policies aimed at addressing urban homelessness have failed to reduce street sleeping or to help the unhoused return to self-sufficiency. While the national government and many cities are trying to build expensive and permanent homes for every homeless person, they are ignoring the real prevalence of mental illness and substance use among those on the streets.
Crime and incarceration rates in America continue to rise, with a staggering cost to taxpayers. Incentives are misaligned, and outcomes are bleak. Focusing on policies that drive better outcomes—namely less crime—will improve communities and keep them safe.
Outdated, bloated, and overly burdensome regulations make it harder for innovators to improve Americans’ quality of life. Right-sized regulations are required to sustain American opportunity, culture, innovation, and international competitiveness.