Daily Archives: August 20, 2012

Blog trashes La. school voucher parents

North Carolina advocates of school choice may find events in Louisiana of interest. Three times in two months courts in the Pelican State have ruled against the Louisiana Association of Educators in the state teacher union’s attempt to get an injunction to prevent a school voucher plan from being implemented. It is significant that theContinue Reading

Go to college and live longer!

That’s the “finding” of research sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation. Read about it here. For the zillionth time regarding claims of benefits about college, correlation does not imply causation.

Which party will do better at saving Social Security and Medicare?

Gary North argues here that it doesn’t matter whether the Dems or GOP win on this score, because it’s impossible to save the entitlement giants. The promised benefits are vastly greater than the government’s ability to pay them, even if we greatly raise taxes on everyone.

More evidence that school choice works

A new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study written by a few Ivy League economists concluded that students who won a school choice lottery had significantly higher test scores and fewer suspensions and absences than those who did not. In “The Effect of School Choice on Intrinsic Motivation and Academic Outcomes,” Justine Hastings, ChristopherContinue Reading

Latest dispatches from the campaign trail, August 20, 2012

• The contenders for the 11th Congressional District, Mark Meadows and Hayden Rogers, reassure federal employees in the district that they will support no further cuts in compensation for government workers.   • Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will attend a Raleigh fundraiser Wednesday at the home of developer John Kane.   • TheContinue Reading

AEI scholar notes Hood’s latest National Review article on Medicaid expansion

Writing for the Library of Law and Liberty, Michael S. Greve of the American Enterprise Institute takes note of John Hood’s latest contribution to National Review: John Hood has a compelling piece in this week’s National Review, arguing that governors should “Say No to Medicaid Expansion.” Even though Obamacare offers states a 100 percent reimbursementContinue Reading

‘Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity’

Those of you who’ve watched Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig‘s June presentation to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society might recall that Lessig opened his lecture with a plug for University of Chicago economist Luigi Zingales’ latest book. It’s called A Capitalism for the People, and its subtitle makes up the headline for this blogContinue Reading

Even the Congressional Budget Office worries about federal debt

Gene Epstein warns in the latest Barron’s that analysts at the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office “often behave like garden-variety bureaucrats,” taking at face value all assumptions built into the legislation they “score” for federal budget purposes. Despite that “bureaucratically obligated” approach, Epstein concedes, CBO often presents an “alternative fiscal scenario” with more realistic assessments ofContinue Reading