Tag: Urban Issues

God and Woman in the Nanny State »

If there is one thing to be hoped will come out of the current controversy over the proposed mandate for religious organizations to pay for free pregnancy prevention and termination coverage for their employees, it is that women and American religious leaders and believers come to realize that the state is not a benevolent,...
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Beyond Politics Exposes the Roots of Government Failure »

Economic “stimulus” packages that don’t revive the economy and that increase federal deficits and undermine private investment and job growth? Check. Laws meant to protect endangered species but which incentivize landowners who have them on their property to “shoot, shovel, and shut-up”? Check. Anti-poverty programs that foster dependency and hinder participation in the job...
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Magna Carta 2011 »

As did many, former Mayor Willie Brown wrote a tribute of Steve Jobs in his San Francisco Chronicle column this week. Except, in inimitable Willie Brown fashion, his was rather more a tribute to himself—an accolade to Brown’s magnanimous use of his discretionary power to make a San Francisco Apple store possible. It seems...
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Land Use Planning Takes a Step Back in Florida »

Florida’s new Governor Rick Scott promised to cut government and make Florida more business-friendly when he campaigned. In addition to overseeing a reduction in state spending, which I wrote about here, he also dialed back the state’s land use planning by cutting state oversight, and abolishing the agency that was the overseer. The bill...
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Alex Tabarrok Interviewed on Freakonomics Radio: The Economics of Bounty Hunting »

Independent Institute Research Director Alex Tabarrok is interviewed by Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics Radio in “To Catch a Fugitive,” on the enormous advantages of private bounty hunting over government police enforcement of bail jumping. Download audio file (20:14 minutes) Here also is a transcript of the interview. Please also see the following books from...
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Barack Obama Public School Failure »

Emblematic of the state of this nation’s government-provided education, a public elementary school in New Jersey renamed for President Obama just last year, is now closing due to low academic achievement and declining enrollment. In choosing to concentrate on form—renaming the school for the current President—over function—directing efforts into actually improving the education the...
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Andrew Klavan: “Behold! Your Public Sector Unions at Work” »

Andrew Klaven at PJTV presents here an insightful video analysis of government-employee unions. For further information, please see the following: Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America, by Richard K. Vedder and Lowell E. Gallaway “The New, New Left: How American Politics Works Today, by Steven Malanga,” reviewed by Gary Jason (The...
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Why Is Ralph Nader Surprised by Pres. Obama’s Uncharitableness? »

In a recent piece in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Ralph Nader bemoans President Obama’s failure to use his position and standing to advance the non-profit sector: Yet, though he rhetorically urges more volunteerism, as all presidents do, in his travels around the country, he stops most often at factories and campaign fund-raising events patronized...
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Gabriel Roth Debunks Government Transit Subsidies »

With President Obama’s new proposal for a massive, new federal plan for $53 billion in pork subsidies for high-speed rail, Independent Institute Research Fellow Gabriel Roth recently participated in a forum on public transit sponsored by the Mobility Choice Coalition. At the event, Bill Lind, director of the Center for Public Transportation affiliated with...
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High-Speed Rail and the Poverty of Obamanomics »

Hard on the heels of his speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in which he jawboned the owners of private businesses to increase hiring in return for federal tax breaks and other subsidies, President Obama has included in his budget request for fiscal year 2012 a proposal to make a $8 billion down...
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