Welfare (page 6)

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    Wait for it

    Some truths span cultures, even if we forget them from time to time. When somebody rediscovers one of these truths, it starts to show up everywhere. Consider the importance of waiting to have children until marriage, which should come after completing education and beginning work (or post-secondary education). The Journals…
    Joseph Coletti, March 29, 2018
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    Recovering from Substance Abuse

    If you live around the Triangle, you have likely seen TROSA Moving trucks around. You may even have moved with them, prepared for Christmas at a TROSA Tree Lot, shopped for furniture at TROSA Thrift Store, or had TROSA Lawn Care take care of your yard. You…
    Joseph Coletti, March 27, 2018
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    Surprising news on opioids

    Could opioids actually have a positive effect on work? In a new working paper, “U.S. Employment and Opioids: Is There a Connection?” respected health economist Janet Currie and others find, “[A]lthough they are addictive and dangerous, opioids may allow some women to work who would otherwise leave the labor…
    Joseph Coletti, March 26, 2018
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    The welfare state grows old

    William Voegeli offers National Review readers an apt assessment of the welfare state’s long-term challenge. Until the last Baby Boomer dies sometime in the second half of this century, the welfare state’s struggles will … highlight the fact that it was built on weak foundations. Yes, it will…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2018
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    Don’t emulate the ‘Nordic glass ceiling’

    Nima Sanandaji of the Cato Institute urges caution for those who believe the United States should follow Nordic countries’ lead when it comes to gender-equity programs. A common view is that Nordic gender equality reflects the social welfare policies of these nations. Indeed, Nordic governments advertise their welfare…
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2018
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    Starbucks CEO: government is not capable

    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz explains why the company provides in partnership with Arizona State University free college tuition to every one of its American employees working 20 hours or more a week. The country is $22, $23 trillion in debt, it doesn’t have the financial capability to do the…
    Joseph Coletti, March 8, 2018
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    Unity in everyday life

    Reading a book on three British perspectives on capitalism from the 20th century, this from 1913 is still good advice: Unity is to be desired in all those matters which involve the everyday life of mankind, not in the sense that all must believe the same things or act…
    Joseph Coletti, February 28, 2018
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    Budget Basics: What are Federal Revenues and Other Revenues?

    This is part of a continuing series of posts explaining the state budget. Half the money state government spends comes not from state taxes and fees, but from the federal government and other sources. Half of the $18 billion in federal funds budgeted by the state goes to Medicaid, with…
    Joseph Coletti, February 22, 2018