- Another US Hack Blamed on Russia, Of Course
- Hillary Clinton Deleted Emails Related to Benghazi Scandal
- 64 Legislators Sign Letter to Delay Arms Deal for Saudi Arabia
- The rest of what Colin Kaepernick said
- More US allies committing atrocities in the Middle East and
- Instant runoff voting may be adopted in Maine
- Fed Continues To Pretend Obviously False Thing Is True
- Reason Triumphs a Little in Illinois Pension Debate
- Turkey Invades Syria
The EpiPen price hike story is tailor-made for political outrage. It involves a large for-profit corporation, a life-saving device, triple-digit price hikes, and as usual, poor people and their children are the ones that suffer the most.
For many people, it’s a textbook example of market failure that demands government intervention.
In fact, it’s a perfect example of government failure, and the best solution will be found in freer markets, not increased regulation.
Poverty may be the worst thing that conservatives and progressives agree on.
It’s not on policy, mind you. But their policy proposals are both motivated by same basic assumption about what causes poverty–namely, the ignorance and incompetence of poor people themselves.
Without debate and with little fanfare, the US has announced a major escalation in the Syrian conflict. In a move pregnant with disaster, the Pentagon has declared an “exclusion zone” over a part of northeastern Syria around the town of Hasaka.
The purported Iran “ransom” scandal is back in the news after the State Department confirmed that it didn’t allow Iran to take possession of the cash until the release of the American prisoners was confirmed. The State Department called it “leverage” while anyone looking for a reason to disparage Iran or President Obama calls it “ransom”. The question is who is right?
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It appears to be legacy-polishing time at the White House. This is the time late in the second term where presidents start to recall the various terrible decisions they made over their tenure in office, and start looking to balance out the ledger so they’ll still be remembered favorably. And since they aren’t standing for reelection anyway, they tend to undertake actions regardless of their popularity politically.
For this reason, it’s a time for both anxiety and cautious excitement, assuming there are at least a few issues where you share common ground with the president.