The Minority Youth Unemployment Act – February 21, 2013
One paradox of the Obama Presidency is how it has retained the support of young people and minorities despite the damage its policies have done to their economic prospects. In his latest attempt to increase the minority youth jobless rate, President Obama is proposing to raise the minimum wage.
We have met the 1%, and he is us – January 15, 2013
In explanation of my title, I fear I’ll have to go on a bit of a digression. Let me tell three stories, about people in three different parts of our amazing planet.
Can Goldman Sachs help the homeless? – November 22, 2012
A few blocks from where I work, there’s a guy who lives on a sidewalk in the Financial District. That guy is incredibly expensive. For the amount we pay in social services to keep him alive, he could practically move into the Ritz. The yearly cost of caring for a homeless person with substance abuse and mental issues (that is, most of them) ranges from $55,000 up to $134,000, according to various research studies.
Conservatives Look to Tackle Social Services with Free Market Ingenuity – November 20, 2012
The government is always making “important announcements.” Every press release is labelled as such, even if it’s (as on Tuesday) merely funding for snow-grooming equipment for a quad riding club in Quebec. To be fair, that was probably judged “important” in Victoriaville, Que., if nowhere else.
It’s a Bad Idea to Hit Anyone with Tax Jump – June 20, 2012
Ontario’s popular new measure to tax the rich will, unsurprisingly to those who understand how economic incentives work, very likely create more economic costs than benefits, according to a new analysis from the C.D. Howe Institute.
Yes, the Rich May Get Richer, But So Do the Poor – January 14, 2012
What the OECD's figures show is that we are all generally doing better - the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting richer too. Second, this is not evil. It's one of the great things about capitalism - it allows growth for everyone.
Tearing Apart the British Welfare State: Tories Impose Jobs on the 'Workshy' – December 6, 2010
"In a huge and risky experiment sure to be watched closely by other countries wrestling with public debt, government budget deficits and shrinking work forces, Prime Minister David Cameron’s government Thursday announced sweeping plans to change the lives of 5 million people dependent on government payments in an effort to push hundreds of thousands of people into the work force."
The Man Who Defused the 'Population Bomb' – September 16, 2009
"Without high-yield agriculture," Borlaug said, "increases in food output would have been realized through drastic expansion of acres under cultivation, losses of pristine land a hundred times greater than all losses to urban and suburban expansion." Environmentalist criticism was doubly puzzling because in almost every developing nation where high-yield agriculture has been introduced, population growth has slowed as education becomes more important to family success than muscle power.
Enviro-Romanticism Is Hurting Africa – July 24, 2009
Western interest groups have foisted their own anti-scientific fantasies on to the poorest continent on Earth, with disastrous results.
Neither Charity Nor Bulldozers Prevent Slums – June 17, 2009
The root cause of slums is not unexpected population growth or shortage of land: It is a double plague of a lack of property rights and poor planning policies — from Kenya to Brazil.
Manitobans' Tax Burden Too Much For Tories – January 19, 2009
Manitoba's Progressive Conservatives used the backdrop of a candy store and a small bag of gum balls Friday to showcase how little the Doer government is doing to lower the personal tax burden on Manitobans. Stefanson said as workers received their first paycheque of the new year the NDP's tax cut is $1. "This is what it amounts to -- a handful of gum balls," she said. "Unbelievable."
Somaliland - Sleeping-Walking Into Disaster – July 11, 2008
"And then came the global warming hysteria, an idea that has more to do with Europe’s prosperous middle class politics and media than it has to do with Science but which no politician in the West could be seen to question let alone oppose. It basically makes three claims: that the world is warming up; we are causing it; and it is a bad thing. Each of those claims could be challenged but no one dared to be seen on the `wrong’ side of this `debate’."
Vouchers Look Pretty in Pink – December 17, 2007
Spinning the Poverty Numbers — Again and Again – November 29, 2007
The LICO is not a poverty measure, and we wish everyone would please stop using it as one, says Statistics Canada.
Poverty Down, Taxes Down, Outrage Up – November 20, 2007
Free Market is Not so Free for Consumers – November 13, 2007
How government policy conspires to rip off Canadian consumers.
Africans to Bono: 'For God's Sake Please Stop!' – July 8, 2007
It's time to let Africa imagine its own future.
The Power of Vested Interests vs The Power of Productivity – February 2, 2007
The Global Poor Are Getting Richer, Faster – December 27, 2006
Some good news from the Global Economics Prospects 2007 report by the World Bank,
Scandal of 5m on Benefits – December 19, 2006
Bill Clinton made some great strides in welfare reform, now England is trying to do the same.