Your Tax Dollars Are Going to Lobbyists, Coffee Is An Essential Benefit, & How Free-Market Kidney Sales Save Lives
The Arkansas Project
David Kinkade writes about Arkansas' Medicaid crisis & reviews AAI's latest policy paper, "Addressing the Arkansas Medicaid Crisis." Read the story at The Arkansas Project.
Coffee is an Essential Benefit Too
"Dear President Obama, can you believe the nerve of employers? Many of them still seem to think that they should be allowed to determine the benefits they offer. I guess they haven't read your 2,000-page health law. It's the government's job now." Allysia Finley continues at The Wall Street Journal.
Did Dharun Ravi Commit a Hateless Hate Crime?
Dharun Ravi was convicted of most of the charges against him, including the "hate crime" of "bias intimidation," which carries a penalty of five to 10 years in prison. Notably, the jury acquitted Ravi of deliberately trying to intimidate his roommate, Tyler Clementi, "because of" his sexual orientation on September 19, 2010, when he used a webcam in his dorm room to watch Clementi kiss another man. But as it has been pointed out, that was not the end of the matter. More from Jacob Sullum at Reason.
The Truth About Health Insurance Exchanges
If a state chooses to establish an exchange, it will bear the full cost of running it. While a number of people are urging states to immediately create an exchange, the reasons are based on myths, not facts. In this report, Jonathan Ingram of Illinois Policy Institute responds to those myths.
Subsidized Green Light Bulb Carries Costly Price Tag
The U.S. government last year announced a $10 million award, dubbed the "L Prize," for any manufacturer that could create a "green" but affordable light bulb. Now the winning bulb is on the market, at the affordable price of $50, says the Washington Post.
Why Are Your Tax Dollars Being Funneled to Lobbyists?
The idea of government money going toward efforts to lobby the government sounds like some type of joke, but it's not. According to public records, money from some of government grants have been and are being used to lobby local governments in support of policies including sugar and soda taxes. The Daily Caller reports.
Affirmative Action and the Supreme Court
The charming assumption of the plaintiffs in Fisher v. University of Texas-a racial preferences case the Supreme Court recently agreed to hear-is that if five robed justices behind mahogany desks tell universities to stop discriminating by race in their admissions policies, universities will stop. Yet regardless of what the justices say, writes Shikha Dalmia, university officials will give up their firstborns before they let go of their beloved racial preferences. More from Reason.
Who is Happy?
Dennis Prager writes at National Review Online about who is happy and why. Read the story.
How Free-Market Kidney Sales Can Save Lives & Lower Costs
The 1984 National Organ Transplant Act prohibits the sale of human organs, yet economic analysis of the potential market for human kidneys has shown that the legislation is detrimental. While opponents of free kidney trade argue that it would price the poor out of the market, further investigation finds that free trade would provide better results for both donors and recipients, says this report from the Library of Economics.
Romney vs. Obama on Corporate Tax Reform
Obama, Romney & Santorum have all unveiled their plans for corporate tax reform. But amid all of the promising rhetoric there is significant cause for concern. Many proposals, particularly those of Messrs. Obama and Santorum, seem to have unlearned many of the lessons of modern economics. More from The Wall Street Journal.
Derrick Bell's options were to be a nobody, living in the shadow of more accomplished legal scholars - or to go off on some wild tangent of his own, and appeal to a radical racial constituency on campus and beyond. His writings showed clearly that the latter was the path he chose.Thomas Sowell explains at National Review Online.
The Coming Medical Ethics Crisis
For the past several years, the medical profession has been undergoing a disturbing transformation. The process was begun by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in an effort to control exploding Medicare costs, and was accelerated by the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The medical profession must decide-and soon-which ethical doctrine to follow: Are doctors to be agents of their patients or agents of the state? Jeffery Singer explains at Reason.
The Unaffordable Care Act
President Obama's health plan should be rechristened "The Unaffordable Care Act." Precisely as Obamacare's critics predicted, the officially titled Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is no bargain for taxpayers or patients. Deroy Murdock has more at National Review Online.
Politics: A Never-Ending Game of 'Hot Potato'
There's reason to believe that ideological realignments in this country are not necessarily the product of careful analysis and rigorous reasoning. Rather, they are the result of people assigning blame to the guy that just happens to be in charge when the data hits the fan. Jonah Goldberg explains at National Review Online.