Americans Are Way Too Worried About Ebola

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 7:48 am

The American public is radically more concerned about an Ebola outbreak here in the US than they should be. According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll 43 percent are worried that they or someone in their immediate family might catch the Ebola virus. In addition an incredible two thirds of the country is concerned [...]

Almost All Americans Think Mandatory Minimums for Non-Violent Offenses are Stupid

By: Monday October 13, 2014 7:37 am

When it comes to issues of criminal justice and drug policy reform, the populace continues to be way out ahead of federal politicians. A Reason-Rupe poll last week found an incredible 77 percent support eliminating mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent offenders so that judges have the ability to make sentencing decisions on a case-by-case [...]

Vermonters: Help Us Stop Out of State Prison Transfers

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 10:43 am

Thirteen Vermont inmates at a Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) private prison in Arizona were recently thrown into solitary confinement after refusing to return to their cells and damaging equipment in the facility. CCA is calling it a “disturbance,” but it sounds more like a demonstration. The details are reminiscent of a protest last month [...]

Affordable Care Act Is Not Working Better Than Anyone Expected

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 9:07 am

Paul Krugman has new Rolling Stone article In Defense of Obama, but he decides he needs some historical revision for his defense. He claims the Affordable Care Act is “working better than anyone expected.” From their article: Then technical difficulties with the HealthCare.gov website seemed to threaten disaster. But here we are, most of the way [...]

We Should Create Two New Partisan Budget Offices

By: Tuesday October 7, 2014 8:18 am

A new concern among some Liberal commentators is that if Republicans win control of the Senate they will change how the Congress Budget Office works to make its results more pro-Republicans. Mainly it is fear they will have it adopt a form of “dynamic scoring” which assume tax cuts almost always spurs growth. This has [...]

Prediction Creep in Syria

By: Tuesday October 7, 2014 7:05 am

While our military operations in Syria against ISIS have only started the prediction creep is already growing rapidly. That is when top politicians, Obama officials, military leaders, and outside experts start telling us that the relatively limited campaign we were sold could easily become much longer and more involved. This mentally prepares people for the [...]

Because Our Plan for “Success” in Syria Worked So Well in Libya

By: Monday October 6, 2014 10:08 am

Our strategy in Syria is remarkably similar to our previous strategy in Libya. In both the idea is heavy international air strikes combined with arming and training local “moderate” rebels, but no ‘boots on the ground.’ So before we spend billions in Syria we should take a moment to see how well this basic plan [...]

Mindless Panic Over Ebola Is Better Than Mindless Panic Over ISIS

By: Friday October 3, 2014 9:21 am

I was thinking about pointing out how the media hyperventilating over Ebola in the United States is overblown, because the chance of someone in American dying from it is likely way less than them winning the lottery. While it is a very unpleasant disease that is serious problem in Western Africa, that is mainly because [...]

Obamacare Is Just Like the Swiss Health System – minus all the good stuff

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:09 am

Several reporters have compared the Swiss health care system to Obamacare after Switzerland’s recent vote to keep it, including the Washington Post: “Switzerland rejects single-payer, will keep its own version of Obamacare” and Vox: “Switzerland rejects single-payer in landslide, keeps its version of Obamacare.” The similarities between the two systems are mostly superficial, both mandate people buy [...]

We Could Have Hired 10,000 Teachers– Instead, We Got a War

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:01 am

Our war against ISIS has already cost between $780 and $930 million so far, according to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. That is enough money to hire 10,000 teachers to work for a year. That, of course, represents only a fraction of the money we will spend on a operation President Obama warned [...]

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