The recent Supreme Court decision on Janus vs. ASFCME ruled that collecting public-sector union fees from employees who are not union members violates their First Amendment rights. The majority opinion interprets public-sector unions as political organizations in which effectively all union activity has significant political implications.
Post-apocalyptic life in American health care is a fantastic blog post on the state of American health care and insurance. (HT Marginal Revolution) Bottom line: American health care organizations can no longer operate systematically, so participants are forced to act in the communal mode, as if in the pre-modern world.
I live on a farm beside a rural avenue in central California, the fifth generation to reside in the same house. And after years of thefts, home break-ins, and dangerous encounters, I have concluded that it is no longer safe to live where I was born. I stay because I am sixty-five years old and either too old to move or too worried about selling the final family parcel of what was homesteaded in the 1870s.
From 1999 to 2013, California had a standard test (STAR – Student Testing And Reporting) to assess our students on California Standards in English Language Arts, Math, the Sciences, and Social Sciences. Within its first few years, the test format stabilized, and for the rest of its life, it remained essentially unchanged -- regularly releasing a fraction of its items to educate the students and parents about the expectations from our students and offering stable longitudinally comparable scaled scores.
August 22 marked the longest period of rising share prices in US history. But the stock market's nine-year bull run won't last much longer, as three factors drive up long-term interest rates, reducing the present value of future corporate profits and providing investors with an alternative to equities.
"The law is an ass" is an observation made popular by Charles Dickens in "Oliver Twist" (1838). Never was it more true 180 years later, when, on July 25, 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that the modern techniques of genetic breeding of crops and animals are subject to the EU regulations that govern so-called "GMOs," genetically modified organisms.
Arne Duncan’s memoir of his experience as U.S. secretary of Education under President Barack Obama draws you in because he acknowledges that K-12 education in America is built on a tissue of lies. His opening sentence is: “Education runs on lies.” But all too often he himself falls into misstatements, delusions and omissions of needed facts. Blinders made out of his beliefs block him from facing reality.
As I mentioned in a previous post, earlier this summer I read large parts of A Torch Kept Lit, William F. Buckley Jr.’s book of obituaries of the famous and not so famous. I had planned to post on his obituary of Winston Churchill, which I found, not being a big fan of Churchill myself, pleasantly surprising.
Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses Michael Cohen’s guilty plea and the Mueller investigation; why occupational licensing isn't covered by the Full Faith and Credit Clause; and whether the Federal Reserve is constitutional, and much more.
Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond discusses the Democratic Progressive Party government’s pursuit of transitional justice and its approach to cross-strait ties arguing for a more arbitrational approach to party assets, while warning against action that might provoke China.
While reviewing some old posts from 2012, I came across a CD post with a great quotation from Thomas Sowell on the “fallacy of redistribution,” which generated nearly 400 comments below the original post (might be a CD record for comments?). So here’s a re-post of Thomas Sowell in 2012 explaining why redistribution fails (emphasis added), which is particularly relevant now that democratic socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are proposing to fund their socialist pipe dream by raising the taxes on the “ultra-wealthy” to make them pay their “fair share.”
Being ready for the career or job you want is the most important aspect of obtaining the position. It remains true that your appearance, your desire to work, your ability to communicate, and your positive attitude are most important. I often hear from business people that if a person shows up for an interview with these soft skills, the company would hire them and train the specific skills needed to perform the job.
For the last decade or so, I have become increasingly concerned about the federal debt, now estimated to be $21.13 trillion. It is an issue one does not hear much about in the 2018 campaigns, in large part because the voters have not demanded clarity on ways to address annual deficits and the long-term federal debt.