Political Word Games, Diversitycrats, & Losers Write History
The Arkansas Project
Did the Little Rock police overplay their hand in arresting ArkansasSurgeon General Joe Thompson? It seemed so, and now AAI President Dan Greenberg has obtained the audio record of Thompson's arrest.Hear the audio for yourself at The Arkansas Project.
Political Word Games
One of the highly developed talents of President Barack Obama is the ability to say things that are demonstrably false, and make them sound not only plausible but inspiring. Thomas Sowell explains at National Review.
Tax Freedom Day Arrives on April 17th
Tax Freedom Day is a vivid, calendar-based illustration of government's cost, and it gives Americans an easy way to gauge the overall tax burden. When the nation has finally earned enough to pay all the taxes that will be due for that year, Tax Freedom Day has arrived, says William McBride, an economist at the Tax Foundation.
Government Partying Shows the Real Sin is in DC, Not Vegas
A funny thing about collective shame -- we are happy to administer it on CEOs who get their arms twisted by the feds, yet we shy away from applying it to one of the only truly collective entities we have: taxpayer-funded government. Matt Welch from Reason has more.
Health Reform in the Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court has concluded oral arguments on the legal challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and will spend several months establishing majority positions and writing concurring and dissenting opinions. The allocation of time for oral arguments is instructive in understanding the interplay of issues at hand, say Mario Loyola, Josiah Neeley and Spencer Harris of theTexas Public Policy Foundation.
Evaluating a Film Tax Incentive Program
Speaking before the Finance Committee of the Alaska House of Representatives, Joseph Henchman, vice president of legal and state projects for the Tax Foundation, argued against the state legislature's bill to extend the state's tax credit for film production companies through 2023. He states the credits, worth up to $200 million over the period, do little to benefit state residents and are not cost effective.
Investing in Diversitycrats
Americans have been investing more and more in education over the years, led by presidents Democratic and Republican. But it's become glaringly clear that we're getting a pretty lousy return on these investments. Michael Barone at National Review has more.
Why Do So Many Americans Drop Out of College?
The phrase "dropout factory" is ordinarily applied to America's failing high schools -- the ones where students are expected to fall through the cracks, where those who make it past graduation and on to college are considered the exceptions, the lucky survivors. But by that definition, another level of U.S. education counts as a "dropout factory" -- our entire higher education system, say The Atlantic.
What to Do on the Day After Obamacare
Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of the administration's health law, aka ObamaCare. Opponents are giddy with the possibility that the law might be struck down. But what then? John Cochrane has some ideas at The Wall Street Journal.
"You're Not Stabilizing the Market. You're Creating More Chaos."
It's only taken six years to learn, but the lesson may finally be sinking in: Public policy designed to keep bad borrowers in homes they don't want to pay for has been a disaster. Tim Cavanaugh has more at Reason.
When Losers Write History
It's the losers, not the winners, who are writing the early historical drafts of this transformational media moment, while those actually making that history are treating their legacy interpreters not with kindness but contempt. So much misunderstanding and breathtakingly wrong-headed analysis tumbles forth from this one paradox. Matt Welch has more at Reason.
Forget About Income Inequality
According to David Grusky, professor of sociology at Stanford University, the central problem confronting America is income inequality. He argues that the root cause of this malady lies in how rich people acquire their pre-tax income -- by rigging the rules of the market to extract illicit "rents." According to him, the economic system, not the tax system, is unfair, says Shikha Dalmia, a Reason Foundation senior analyst.
The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin
The absurdity of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton is that they want to make a movement out of an anomaly. Black teenagers today are afraid of other black teenagers, not whites. Shelby Steele explains at The Wall Street Journal.
Argument from Disparity
However little evidence or logic there may be behind the belief that an absence of random distribution shows discrimination, there are nevertheless strong incentives for some people to cling to that belief anyway. Those who lag behind - whether educationally, economically, or otherwise - have every incentive to think of themselves as victims of those who are more successful. Thomas Sowell opines at National Review.