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The Right Data by Edwin S. Rubenstein

404p (H) 1994

More like the wrong data. Omits information on decreases in median hourly wages, decreases in income among families with children; leaves out data on highly regressive state, local and payroll taxes. Shows federal income tax tables, the only major progressive tax, creating the illusion lower income workers pay a small percentage of their incomes in taxes.

The fact that deficits as a percentage of the nationís productivity were larger during some periods in the nationís past, tells us nothing about whether those deficits were a good thing. Those deficits at least had the rationale of paying for colossally expensive wars, not K-street indulgences.

 

Why Government Doesn't Work by Harry Browne

A libertarian argument, no doubt the creation of a two column table having a set of buzzwords in the first column and another set of buzzwords in the second column strikessome as the a clear, concise source of profundity, but not me. Not recommended.

 

Keeping Score: We Can Reduce Drug Abuse by Drug Strategies

(1997)

Available for free at http://www.drugstrategies.org/reports.html

 

Assessing Community Coalitions by Drug Strategies

Available for free at http://www.drugstrategies.org/reports.html

 

The Making of a Drug Free America: Programs That Work

Available for free at http://www.drugstrategies.org/reports.html

 

Millennium Hangover: Keeping Score on Alcohol (1999-2000)

Available for free at http://www.drugstrategies.org/reports.html

 

Keeping Score: Women and Drugs: Looking at the Federal Drug Control Budget

(1998)

Available for free at http://www.drugstrategies.org/reports.html

 

Community Jobs Outcomes Assessment and Evaluation--Annette Case

Available for free at www.econop.org

Examining Community Jobs, a welfare reform program in Washington State, this 49 page report explains practices that work with difficult to place welfare recipients. The report emphasizes getting recipients into private sector jobs and away from workfare. Focusing on monitoring, mentoring, increasing income, training locally and other factors, it found that 53 percent of participants were still employed about one year after completing the program. Worth a look.

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Stats 2000: Selected School Violence Research Findings

Available for free at http://www.ncsu.edu/cpsv/newpages.htm

 

An Ounce of Prevention, A Pound of Uncertainty: The Cost-Effectiveness of School-Based Drug Prevention Programs

Available for free at http://www.rand.org/publications/MR/MR923/

 

The Assault on Parenthood: How Our Culture Undermines the Family by Dana Mack

Hardcover.

256p (H) 1997

This might be popular with the Paranoid Parent Association.

 

What's Right††††††††††††††† óDavid Frum

Not much with this niggling vision. I sure don't go to bed at night wondering why Canada lacks nuclear weapons. Contains an essay on taxpayers worth reading. Not recommended.

5/5/2000 Ice: The Ultimate Disaster

When the planets align, the new age hucksters feel fine. Not recommended.

 

The Government Racket 2000 by Martin Gross

Give Gross credit. While many so-called libertarians are content with anecdotes of government malfeasance and general anti-government rhetoric--perhaps because libertarian pundits do not want offend libertarians who rely on government transfers--Gross gets down to specifics, though Gross avoids criticizing many retirement programs and government to business transfers. This is among the best libertarian works.

 

 

Saving Our Children from Poverty: What the U.S. Can Learn from Franceby Barbara R. Bergmann

More than half the women working full time in 1993 earned less than $24,225. Health care and child care are mainstays in Bergman's program. Contains a large number of misleading statistics.

 

Quantum Healing by Deepak Chopra

Buy this is your goal is to avoid anxiety.

Quantum field healing? Why not aardvark field healing? Aardvark field healing is about as

probable.

 

______ Economist by ______. As Christopher Lasch notes, elites moralize with fervor over petty

issues, yet see important moral matters as merely matters of taste.

Explains why seat belt law contribute to some accidents. why movie popcorn costs so much and other everyday examples of economic life.

Another book that is clueless when it comes to moral reasoning.

The idea that wage increases are never real has about as much probability of being true as aliens landing at Roswell. The question is who are they real for.

Explores why seat belt laws contribute to accidents, why movie popcorn costs so much and other everyday examples of economic life. The idea that a wage increase is never real has as much probability of being true as aliens landing at Roswell. The question is for whom is the increase real. Sees economic incentives as more powerful than they are.

dni put this stuff elsewhere.

The libertarian talent at declaring ideas they disagree with ďartificialĒ is exceeded by their talent at avoiding evidence.

Economic reductionism, or rather, economic incentive-disincentive reductionism.

Maybe One

Herein we learn that itís bad to have more than one child because the child might become a victim of sibling incest. Why bother doing anything in life? Bad things could happen. The author doesn't mention one of the problems of families having two parents and one child: The parents have more time to write terrible books.

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When people are unwilling to face an evil, they say they are above politics or wordly concerns. The act is they are beneath politics or worldly concerns.

The Indebted Society: Anatomy of an Ongoing Disaster by James Medoff and Andrew Harless

241p 1996 (H)

The gist:

Consumer and public debts are atrocious.

Too often, those who make investments in future are not those who get the reward.

Much, if not most, of the work done by those in the top tax brackets merely redistributes wealth rather than creates it. If, for example, people donít buy a ticket to a professional basketball game, they will use the money elsewhere, enriching someone else or themselves or both. The ticket might be end up

The Federal Reserve Board has a much bigger influence on the number of jobs than other popularly debated factors.

Good ideas:

Abolish corporate taxes and shift to high income individuals

Issue inflation adjusted bonds.

Raise taxes

The authorís version of the Laffer Curve, a measure of the relationship between tax rates and tax revenue, is almost as bad as the original

The Indebted Society: Anatomy of an Ongoing Disaster by James Medoff and Andrew Harless

228p (H) 1996 $22.00

I wish this were a great book, but itís not.

Lengthy set of prescriptions. Some good. Some less so. And most in need of more support.

This could have been a great book, but it's not. Offers a new version

 

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False Hopes: Overcoming the Obstacles to a Sustainable, Affordable Medicine by Daniel Callahan

330p (H) 1999 $17.00

Emphasizes preventitive medicine, quality of life and universal coverage.

Argues for preventative and sustainable medicine, and sharing some of the medical wealth, rather than overly expensive technologies. Improving quality of life rather than endlessly lengthening it. Worth browsing.

[Missing middle]

An incredibly weak straw person attack on the critics of the present

design of Social Security

Numerous appeals to popularity

Minor and unspecific policy recommendations.

Poor analysis of what is politically probable and palatable. Not recommended.

armchair economist]

raises the cost of production, which inflates prices and undoes the

good.

The truth: Wage increases often cut into profits without raising prices

or

they often cut into profits and only partially raise prices.

More money goes where can have more benefit and where it is more

merited,

creating virtuous spirals.

 

The Return of Thrift: How the Coming collapse of the Middle-Class Welfare State Will Reawaken Values in America by Philip Longman

241p (H) 1996

The nation should not have 39-year-old military retirees.

Or perhaps not. How the coming entrenchment of entitlements could lead to worse problems.

Todayís twenty-year-olds will have to both support todayís retirees and pay heavily for their own retirements.

The Household that sends the money is often not the one that gets benefits. Many households send money to households who are doing much better than they are.

Over 50 percent of households receive entitlements.

Like most anti-entitlement books, focuses on some types of entitlements and skips other types, and the ills the others types add to.

Proposes decreases in payments and mandatory savings.

Intergenerational justice

Return of thrift

Almost all the good points in here have been made by others in better books. Not recommended.

People don't want anything to do with any morality that shifts benefits and costs, that is, real morality. They want a morality where they can think themselves the greatest gift to the universe because they have an opionion on some trivial issue such as euthanasia.

The Indebted Society: Anatomy of an Ongoing Disaster by James Medoff and Andrew Harless

241p 1996 (H)

The gist:

Consumer and public debts are bad

Too often, those who make investments in future are not those who get the reward.

Much, if not most, of the work done by those in the top tax brackets merely redistributes wealth rather than creates it. If, for example, people donít buy a ticket to a professional basketball game, they will use the money elsewhere, enriching someone else or themselves or both. The ticket might be end up

The Federal Reserve Board has a much bigger influence on the number of jobs than other popularly debated factors.

Good ideas:

Abolish corporate taxes and shift to high income individuals

Issue inflation adjusted bonds.

Raise taxes

The authorís version of the Laffer Curve, a measure of the relationship between tax rates and tax revenue, is almost as bad as the original.

 

We wish this were a great book, but itís not.

Lengthy set of prescriptions. Some good. Some less so. And most in need of more support.

This could have been a great book, but it's not. Offers a new version

of the Laffer Curve that's almost as bad as the original.

Desires a return to the high growth era but includes a set of prescriptions

dissimilar to the high growth era.

The Winner-Take-All-Society: Why the Few at the Top Get So Much More Than the Rest of me by Robert H. Frank and Phillip J. Cook

288p (H) 1996 $13.95

At a slight difference in skill and talent can mean the difference between massive wealth and failure.

Overemphasis on overpaid entertainers, misses opportunity to hammer at bigger income retribution problems and solutions.

 

Were getting tired of pundits implying that because most people marry and have children, status quo family norms and policies are just fine.No one says because most people work and pay taxes, wage, employment and tax policies at just fine.The popularity of a practice doesn't make norms and policies of it good.

 

It is amazing how many writers, citizens, politicians and political scientists consider policies without thinking how the policies will affect families and family institutions.Or spend their lives never thinking about what proper family policy should be.It is as if there is a blank spot in their brains were something should be.Ad hominem

 

When economists make recommendations, they almost never think of families. They have a blind spot. They think of various groups and individuals, but not families.

 

Gray Dawn: How the Coming Age Wave Will Transform Americaóby Peter G. Peterson

256p (H) 1999

Peterson claims that the Western world has unfunded liabilities for public and private pensions of $35 trillion. That astronomical number is exceeded by unfunded liabilities in the Western world for pensions and health care: $65 trillion.

Unfunded liabilities are promised benefits for which nothing has been saved.

Present U.S. fertility rate: 1.85

Replacement level: 2.11

By the mid-1990s the mean Total Fertility Rate was 1.4 children per woman in Europe, 1.85 in North America and 1.5 in Japan.

The birth rate in the United States is 1.85, well below the replacement level of 2.11.

The consequences don't have to be apocalyptic for them to be terrible.

 

Italy and Spain now have fertility rates of 1.2, slightly more than half the replacement level of 2.1.

More wisdom from Peterson, this time a world view.

Standards for our schools

High good standards more than high any standards, high information standards, high entertaining standards, high comparison standards, high image standards.

 

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Justice Between Generations: The Growing Power of the Elderly in America by Matthew C. Price

174p (H) 1997

Similar in tone Peter Peterson's works, the worst thing about this

well-written little book is its $60.00 price tag. He covers much of Peterson's ground,

yet has some novel points to make.The second worst thing is

its lack of specific recommendations.

 

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óBook review articles by J.T. Fournier, last updated July 24, 2009

 

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