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Archive for March, 2016
Title IX Privacy Ban Thwarts Campus Sexual Assault Policies
Trumped on Health Care!

Donald Trump does not want Chinese goods or Mexican workers to come into America. However, there appears to be one set of items he wants to cross our border, according to his Healthcare Plan to Make America Great Again: Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and…
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Why the Disadvantaged Bear the Cost of Police Militarization

The deaths of Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and Michael Brown over the past two years have sparked national protests. At front and center of these demonstrations was the issue of police militarization, the fact that modern-day police officers often look more like an occupying military force than “keepers of the peace.” In addition to…
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The USA Is Going to the Dogs, as It Always Has in the Past

Some people say that the USA is going to the dogs (no offense intended, perros), and it’s child’s play to demonstrate many ways in which this claim is true—growing police brutality, burgeoning government debt, ever more numerous and onerous regulations, destructive monetary and credit-allocation policies, boiling ethnic and religious animosity, endless foreign wars, to…
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Ten Percent of Cancer Drug Spending Is Wasted

A remarkable study published in the BMJ concludes that $1.8 billion of the $18 billion spent on the 20 most expensive cancer drugs in the United States is wasted due to cunning marketing by drug-makers. Chemotherapeutic doses are often adjusted by body weight. However, the drugs are shipped in vials containing doses appropriate to…
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Why Bernie Sanders Is Morally Unfit to Be President

Bernie Sanders is proud to be a socialist. In July 2015, he told The Nation: “Do they think I’m afraid of the word? I’m not afraid of the word.” As far back as 1989, Sanders said: “I think there has been too much of a reluctance on the part of progressives and radicals to…
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The Big Short’s Oscar Win and Capitalism in Film

My blogging colleague Bob Murphy did a nice job of reviewing The Big Short in January, but the film is worth revisiting in light of its Academy Award win for best adapted screenplay. Nominated for five awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, with fine acting by all the principals in the star-studded cast,…
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Michelle Obama’s School Lunches Get an “F”

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was championed by First Lady Michelle Obama and signed into law in 2012. A press release for the program issued at its launch claimed that the “new standards will improve the health and well being of 32 million kids.” Unfortunately for the children of America, the lunch line may…
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Evo Morales and the Populist Domino

These are not happy days for Latin America’s authoritarian populists. The defeat of Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia, in a recent referendum designed to allow him to seek a fourth consecutive term comes only weeks after Venezuela’s opposition wrested control of the National Assembly following a massive election victory and a few months…
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