Three Strikes Laws (10/17/9) — Congress for the first time ever has repealed a 3-strike law. they just reduced the crack/powder cocaine mandatory minimum disparity from 100:1 to “only” 16:1. Also, that Pinko Commie fellow-traveling magazine The Economist on the costs of America incarcerating so many people. (Money quote: “Never in history have so many been locked up for so little.”)
Affirmative action (6/12/8) — Focusing on the problems of elite college applicants — black and white — misses the problem: huge educational inequalities between the poor and everyone else. (money quote: “Your application to Yale is not a social problem.”) BTW, the USA just fell to 12th among rich countries in the percentage of adults age 25-35 that has a college degree.
How to Fix the Economy (5/28/9) – Two economists – one is an advisor to McCain’s campaign — find that the bailouts (banks, auto sector), stimulus, and other government actions saved us from depression-like conditions. The policies saved 8.5 million jobs, which would have raised the unemployment rate to about 16%! FYI: At the bottom of the Great Depression unemployment was 25%.
Do we need a new social contract (4/17/8)? A fantastic albeit long and detailed blog post explains what the term means and the history behind it that all Americans should know, IMO.