The Finnish Model

Mar 19th, 2016 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Social Issues, Taxes, Welfare, Welfare and Charity Robert May 1 min read

Guy Sorman writes: This year, the Finnish government hopes to begin granting every adult citizen a monthly allowance of €800 (roughly $900). Whether rich or poor, each citizen will be free to use the money as he or she sees fit. The idea is that people are responsible for their actions. If someone decides to spend their €800 on vodka, that is their decision, and…


Enlightened Selfies

Dec 2nd, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Government, Liberty, Social Issues, Welfare Bill B. May 1 min read

  B.K. Marcus says:  Narcissism and Human Rights When the press refers to “Generation Selfie,” do we sense a sneer? It’s almost as if the term selfie is shorthand not for self-portrait but for self-involved, self-absorbed, or simply selfish. The interesting thought here is that the trend is more to individualism and away from community.  That is not all bad; in fact, I think it…


Women’s Economic Agenda

Nov 24th, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Economics, Government, Labor, Money, Politics, Regulation, Welfare Bill B. May 7 min read

Economic Policy Institute writes:   Creating an Economy That Works for Everyone<img height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=”” style=”display:none” src=”” /><img height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=”” style=”display:none” src=”[value]=0.01&cd[currency]=USD&noscript=1″ /> Over the last several decades, millions of women have joined the workforce and made huge gains in their educational attainment, which exceeds that of men. Yet women are still paid less than men. Indeed, gender wage disparities are present across the…


Our Perverted Tax Code Actually Encourages Poor Not To Work

Nov 12th, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Social Issues, Taxes, Welfare, Welfare and Charity Robert May 1 min read

IBD Staff write:  Taxes: Candidates in Tuesday night’s Republican debate found near-universal agreement on one thing: The U.S. tax code is an impediment to growth and needs to be radically simplified. A new report shows why this is so. The nonpartisan Tax Foundation has put out a new report titled “Income Tax Illustrated .” OK, cue the jokes. But it isn’t boring. Really.    


The Worthless UN

Oct 26th, 2015 Foreign Affairs, Government, Military, Taxes, War (Terrorism & Violence), Welfare Bill B. May 2 min read

by Bill B. May We posted an article today by Rick Moran on the UN turning 70.  His advice is to put it out of its misery.  Excellent idea.  But don’t we need an organization to keep the peace internationally?  If we had one that worked, it would be wonderful.  But reforming the UN is not the way. If we translate the UN to government…


Doing For Yourself

Oct 22nd, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Social Issues, Taxes, Welfare, Welfare and Charity Robert May 1 min read

Cal Thomas writes: A recent New York Times headline read, “Raising Taxes on the Wealthiest Would Pay for Bold Plans.” The story says that by soaking the rich “the government could raise large amounts of revenue … while still allowing them to take home a majority of their income.” This is complementary to my featured article today.  Not theoretical but mostly just common sense and…


Bernie Sanders and the Fixed Pie Fallacy

Oct 20th, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Economics, Social Issues, Welfare Bill B. May 1 min read

Chelsea German says:  More for some does not mean less for others “The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.” Senator Bernie Sanders first said those words in 1974 and has been repeating them ever since. Senator Sanders is not alone in his belief. Three out of four Americans agree with the statement, “Today it’s really true that the rich just get richer while the poor get poorer.” …