20,000 illegals with criminal convictions released into U.S. communities in 2015

Apr 28th, 2016 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Crime and Police Actions, Education, Immigration William Nissen 1 min read

Homeland Security has made some gains in detaining criminal aliens, but still released into the community nearly 20,000 immigrants last year who’d already been convicted of crimes — including hundreds charges with sexual assault, kidnapping or homicide — according to figures sent to Congress this week.  


College Students Flunk Economics

Jan 22nd, 2016 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Economics, Education Robert May 1 min read

Allen H. Meltzer writes: The enthusiastic response of college students to Senator Bernie Sanders’ “democratic socialism” is one of the most surprising and dispiriting events of the current presidential campaign. Apparently students have not learned that, historically, all socialist systems—democratic and authoritarian alike—failed to satisfy public demands and were abandoned after much suffering. Capitalism is the only economic system that offers freedom, opportunity, and increased…


The Death of Gratitude

Dec 24th, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Education Robert May 15 min read

Victor Davis Hanson writes:  The Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero insisted that gratitude was “the parent of all the other virtues.” Cicero did not define gratitude as Mafia-like loyalty or mutual back-scratching. He was not referring to a pop socialism where all supposedly owe their successes to the government.  


What? GOP Hacked School Vouchers For Poor D.C. Kids Out Of Budget

Dec 23rd, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Budget, Education, Government Robert May 1 min read

IBD Staff write:  Federal Spending: Republicans found room in their trillion-dollar budget for Planned Parenthood clinics, climate-change slush funds, sanctuary cities and nearly every other liberal priority, but one program actually got axed. Unfortunately, that was the Washington, D.C., school voucher program that has helped thousands of at-risk poor students attend private schools. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues worked with the teacher unions…


Student Loan Subsidies Cause Almost All of the Increase in Tuition

Dec 23rd, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Education, Government, Regulation, Welfare and Charity Bill B. May 1 min read

Alex Tabarrok says:  The shocking truth about “making college affordable” In a new NBER paper, “Accounting for the Rise in College Tuition,” Grey Gordon and Aaron Hedlund create a sophisticated model of the college market and find that a large fraction of the increase in tuition can be explained by increases in subsidies.  


Higher education reform starts in high school

Dec 22nd, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Education William Nissen 1 min read

Our higher education system is in trouble. More people attend college now than ever, but many aren’t reaping the benefits they expected. The Atlantic reports that more than half — 53 percent — of recent college graduates are either jobless or underemployed. This poor return on investment in college education is particularly troubling given the rapid rise in outstanding student-loan debt, which now exceeds $1.2…


Affirmative Action Is No Favor To Minorities

Dec 15th, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Education, Racism Robert May 1 min read

Thomas Sowell writes: Among the many sad signs of our time are the current political and media attacks on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for speaking the plain truth on a subject where lies have been the norm for years. The case before the High Court is whether the use of race as a basis for admitting students to the University of Texas at Austin is…


Government Bureaucrats Can’t Know Everything

Dec 15th, 2015 Economics, Education, Environment, Government, Liberty, Regulation, Uncategorized Bill B. May 2 min read

by Bill B. May The big difference between Democrats and Republicans, between progressives and conservatives, is the progressive belief that an economy (or any other endeavor) can be planned in advance.   That’s not to say that I’m against planning but it should be recognized for what it is.   It is nothing more than the best guess as to the future given what one…