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  • Fiscal Irresponsibility to Hurt Homebound

    June 7, 2016

    David Burress

    Kicking the can down the road as a payday loan (at taxpayer expense): Kansas radicals love to put off government expenses until later, even when the costs are exorbitantly high. Thus Governor Brownback is cutting in-home services to the elderly, even though Medicaid costs in institutions will ultimately be higher.

  • Tolerance and Free Speech

    June 6, 2016

    David Burress

    Bigotry’s standard self-defense is now a preemptive red herring: accusing bigotry’s opponents of intolerance. The earliest version was the “free speech” defense–“to criticize me is to deprive me of my free speech” (namely, the freedom to call people hateful names). Later came the “political correctness” defense—“if you criticize me you are merely following a liberal ...

  • Useful Definitions

    May 31, 2016

    David Burress

    “Social engineering:” public policies incentivizing human behavior with the goal of improving the general welfare.  (We’ve recently seen Kansas Speaker of the house speak out against this kind of thing.) “Law and order:” public policies incentivizing human behavior with the goal of getting demagogues reelected. “Marketing:” public action incentivizing human behavior with the goal of maximizing monopoly ...

  • Police Reform

    May 31, 2016

    David Burress

    National accreditation of police: The police will never reform until we: — develop national standards for all aspects of policing — set up accreditation programs for all policing units — withhold federal aid from unaccredited units.