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Bad Parents, Poor Kids

Bad Parents, Poor Kids

Am I the only one who thinks it is immoral to bring children into the world if you don't have the means to support them? I must be one of the few. I rarely see anyone else make the point.

Before anyone objects, let me concede up front that a lot of things in life are unpredictable. Women become ...

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The HIT Scam: Health Information Technology

The HIT Scam: Health Information Technology

Last week John Goodman posted a brief blurb about the latest problems with :. The issue deserves a little more attention because it is an abject lesson of how health policy always fails these days.

The articles from the New York Times and the RAND Corporationindicate that HIT has not lived up to ...

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Mental Health and Firearms

Since 1966, the National Rifle Association has urged the federal government to address the problem of mental illness and violence. As we noted then, "the time is at hand to seek means by which society can identify, treat and temporarily isolate such individuals," because "elimination of the ...

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Shall We Homeschool?

Shall We Homeschool?

Most people would agree that deciding how to educate one’s children is a serious personal choice. Although some may robotically send their children off to public school, most parents don’t easily decide whether to give public schools a chance. Whether deciding to send a child to public school, ...

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ObamaCare’s Fiscal Cliff

ObamaCare’s Fiscal Cliff

Did you notice that in the standoff over the fiscal cliff, all the discussion was about the Bush tax cuts? Which ones would be made permanent? And for whom? There was no discussion about the ObamaCare tax increases. 

I think that was a huge tactical mistake on the part of the Republicans.

Over ...

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Food Police Group Bashes Restaurants, CBS Eats it Up

Food Police Group Bashes Restaurants, CBS Eats it Up

Network website runs CSPI report including accusation and calls for regulation.

CBSNews.com promoted a restaurant attack by the pro-regulatory food police group the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) Jan. 16, without noting the agenda of the group or providing other points of view.

The ...

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The Uneasy Case against Free Market Health Care

If you are new to health policy, here’s a warning. You won’t spend very much time in the field before you hear the claim that Stanford University economist Kenneth Arrow has shown that free markets can’t work in health care. Here is Paul Krugman making the claim and here is Arnold Klingtaking me to ...

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Public Choice

Public Choice

James Buchanandied the other day and in the eyes of many he was the father of Public Choice economics. Comments on a number of blogs reveal two things about bloggers on the left: (1) they don’t understand what contribution Buchanan made and (2) they don’t understand why Public Choice is important. ...

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Another Study Confirms: Head Start Doesn’t Work

Another Study Confirms: Head Start Doesn’t Work

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just released its latest batch of Head Start data, revealing, once again, that its students are receiving far less than a “head start.” 

The study, which was finally released the weekend before Christmas after more than a year’s delay, examines ...

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