Tag: Civil Society
Why One in Five Americans Are on Government Assistance (in One Image)

More than 52 million people in the United States, 21 percent of the population, participate in major means-tested government assistance programs each month, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. More than 80 federal programs dole out roughly $1 trillion of benefits and services to low-income people annually (see the amazing image above from the…
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Black Lives Matter

My initial reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement, like many old white guys, was that All Lives Matter.  But recent events have changed my thinking on this. My old thinking: Racial discrimination is a reality, but race is just one of many personal characteristics on which people discriminate.  Good-looking people tend to be…
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Califor-ni-ED May Be Coming to a Classroom Near You

One export I’d like from California is its pre-Common Core math standards, hailed as the country’s finest. Instead, we’re likely going to get some horrific version of its pending K-12 history and social “science” framework—or as the Hoover Institution’s Bill Evers calls it, Progressive “goo-goo reform.” Whether or not we live in California, we need to…
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Fed ED Flunks

One of the leading claims proponents made for establishing a US Department of Education was that state and local citizens simply couldn’t be trusted with education. What proponents leave out, of course, is any rational explanation why DC bureaucrats know better than we hoi polloi taxpayers and parents. A recent column by Santa Clara…
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Title IX Privacy Ban Thwarts Campus Sexual Assault Policies
Fear and Trembling in Phoenix: A Common Core Cautionary Tale, Part I

Arizona is widely hailed as the national leader in school choice. It is also one of a growing number of states turning against Common Core. But you wouldn’t know it from what’s going on inside the Capitol these days. Proposed legislation affirming parents’ basic rights over their children’s education is being held or amended…
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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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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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The 2016 “Handicapper General”

In college, I read a short story titled “Harrison Bergeron.” The piece was written by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., in 1961, and published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. That piece was eye-opening for me, and pushed me to think about the world, particularly government policies, in a different way. In the piece, Vonnegut…
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US Drug Laws Destabilize Other Nations

This article in USA Today is headlined, “El Salvador: World’s New Murder Capital.”  El Salvador’s murder rate is 104 per 100,000 population, and as the article notes, this is a national average.  “If you start looking at where the pockets of violence are, it’s shocking.” Why are things so bad in El Salvador?  The…
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