Tag: Nanny State

Call Me Uncharitable, But... »

... I have little sympathy for people who complain that they are suffering hardship because government isn’t giving them enough aid. I was reading this story about the possibility that the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program might run out of money due to the federal government shutdown. In it, Cierra Schoeneberger laments that...
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Government-Run Preschool Is a Dead End, Not a Lifeline »

Greater economic equality requires the “lifeline” of more government-funded preschool for disadvantaged children, says Nobel Prize–winning economist James Heckman in his New York Times editorial last week. High-quality education can certainly enhance a foundation of opportunity and prosperity. But the empirical record shows that government preschool is a dead end, not a lifeline. Conspicuously...
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Nancy Pelosi Flunks the Preschool Test: More Government Is Not the Answer »

When releasing the “Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed that America has an early child care and education “crisis” that threatens our economy. Her solution is to adopt President Obama’s Preschool and Early Head Start/Child Care Initiative, and create universal government-run child care for all three- and four-year-olds. A...
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Life, Liberty, and the Threat of Abortion Ambivalence »

I happened to catch the headline on AOL News the other day promoting an on-line Huffington Post Live interview with 27-year-old porn star Stoya. The seven-year veteran of adult entertainment was remarkably poised, even if unsurprisingly candid, but her comments raised more than a few interesting questions about life and liberty from a broader...
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“Parallel Construction”: Government Term for Lying About Its Investigations »

President Obama pledged to create “...an unprecedented level of openness in Government...” and to “... work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.” With all the recent revelations about IRS abuses and NSA snooping that the president wants to keep secret, transparency in government increasingly appears...
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The Economic Sector the President’s Policies Have Helped Most? Firearms »

As I noted a few months ago, President Obama’s economic policies have been widely criticized for slowing the economic recovery; meanwhile, one sector of the economy—firearms—has greatly benefited from the president’s policies. As this article notes, sales at Sturm Ruger & Co. are up 50% over last year, and sales at Smith & Wesson are...
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Obamacare: All Your Intimate Information Available to (Almost) Anyone »

Does it bother you that a 29 year-old high school drop-out and former security guard could “wire-tap” all of your email and phone communications basically on his own authority? Will it bother you when almost anyone can access your name, birth date, Social Security number, gender, ethnicity, family size, Indian status, incarceration status, veteran...
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Why Fight for King and Country? »

There is something monstrously out of whack about going to war for a large nation state. I can understand why a man might take up arms in defense of himself, his family, his friends, perhaps even his neighborhood or his town. But once we get past the lived-in milieu, a man’s risking his life,...
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Doctors Should Rethink “Costless” Medical Ethics »

One of the most important differences between my book, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, and the conventional literature on health policy is my belief that patients should be encouraged to choose between healthcare and other uses of money. And that’s not just for small expenses. I think patients should be encouraged to make choices...
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How Policymakers Can Act Smarter: Simple Lessons about Complex Systems »

In my previous post I argued that low-income populations suffer disproportionately when lawmakers and bureaucrats fail to grasp that healthcare and other complex systems present special challenges. Now I would like to step back from particular examples and draw general lessons for policymakers trying to deal with complex systems. (I offer additional guidelines in...
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