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Archive for February, 2016
The Hot-Air Barrier: A Major Reason for the Infeasibility of Representative Government

Between the would-be, public office-holder on the one hand and the citizen in general and voter in particular on the other, lies a huge barrier that precludes the establishment of any rational connection. Think of genuine “representative government” on anything other than a very small scale as a practical impossibility. Many reasons explain the…
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Increasing Medicaid Dependency Does Not Reduce “Uncompensated” Care

Robert Lazsewski is a leading health insurance expert whom I often cite (see, for example, here and here). Unfortunately, in a recent article praising Ohio governor John Kasich he has made a serious error. Gov. Kasich is one of only three Republican governors who took federal Obamacare money to expand Medicaid dependency. According to…
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Obama’s Supreme Court Appointment

Republicans have already said they will try to block any attempt by President Obama to have his nominee replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.  The president has less than a year left in office, so blocking his nominee may be easy.  But the Republicans may be playing right into the president’s hands.  Who…
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The “Bern” Unit

According to the American Burn Association, approximately 486,000 burn injuries are treated every year. Chances are you’ve experienced a burn or two in your life. From touching a pan that was too hot, to forgetting to make sure the electricity was shut off before some DIY house work, to being particularly inept with a…
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CBO’s Big Mistakes Highlight Need to Privatize Economic Data Series

On February 10, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) admitted a mistake in its projections of the share of earnings replaced by Social Security for people approaching retirement. Last fall, the CBO said the annual Social Security benefit for those born in the 1960s and retiring at age 65 would replace 60 percent of their…
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Big Government Creates Political Polarization

We’ve heard it said that politics is more polarized today than in the past.  If that’s true (and I’m not sure it is), big government is likely to blame.  I recently noted that politics creates conflict.  Bigger government creates more conflict. Smaller government tends to focus on activities that meet with widespread agreement.  Most…
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The Benefits of Intellectual Property Protection

If there is one thing about which libertarians are never likely to agree, it is whether intellectual property—patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets—should receive the same legal protection as physical property. Without wading too deep into the philosophical debate, but showing my colors as an IP advocate, let me share some new research published…
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Active Shooter Drills and Terrorizing Children

As a kid, I loved days when we had fire and tornado drills. It was something that broke up the monotony of day. There was nothing like scurrying down to the cafeteria and huddling by the floor with your best friends, “preparing” for a hypothetical tornado but really talking about what you had for…
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Politics Creates Conflict

One interesting thing to note about the political statements coming from candidates as the primaries approach is the adversarial nature of their rhetoric.  They don’t hesitate to attack their primary opponents despite the fact that they broadly agree on most things.  Yes, Republicans will take an occasional jab at Hillary, but mostly they are…
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Will Congress Fix Its Electronic Health Records Fiasco?

There is some hope that Congress will fix—at least partially—the largely bungled Electronic Health Records (EHRs) deployment on which it has spent $30 billion since 2009. Doctors are very frustrated by EHRs, which interfere with their practice of medicine. The current government program to have them installed nationwide should be abandoned. Tomorrow, the Senate…
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