By A.J. Hutson
For the insurance industry, a truly wonderful thing happened in the late 1970s. It was called stagflation
The stagflation of the late 1970s/early 1980s was a period of stagnant recessionary economy plagued with high unemployment and alarmingly high interest rates. It was an unplanned hardship for the country and its working people. But it was a boon for most insurance companies.
The new players would actually benefit from increasing regulation because as market premiums went up, so did the funds available to generate investment income. And so the health insurance industry was both a primary cause and a primary beneficiary of the system we have today. Full Story....Here
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt, well-known for his theory of moral foundations, argues that one of the most effective ways to sway an ideological counterpart to your side is to speak their moral language. He asserts that liberals and conservatives respond more favorably to arguments that appeal to specific virtues: The latter are more sympathetic to loyalty-based arguments while the former prefer fairness-based arguments. It's a useful way to understand our fellow man, but in the debate over school choice, the stubborn appeal to fairness can hold back the cause of badly needed reform.
There is a critical difference between school choice and most welfare programs. Social-welfare programs are redistributive taking from those of means and giving to those without. School-choice programs are different. In their purest form, they take money that is earmarked for a student in a public school and transfer it to an alternative private school that the students parents believe will provide a better education. The money is spent regardless of where a students parents decide to send him to school. Full Story....Here
The office of Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wisc.) was the only office that failed to respond to complaints of postal workers illegally conducting political activity in Wisconsin during the 2016 campaign season for Democratic candidates, actions that left some postal offices in the state short on personnel, according to a whistleblower.
The union boss at the center of the incident in question is a longtime donor to Baldwin, records show. Full Story....Here
A Wisconsin judge says a work-from-home photographer does not have to comply with city and state public accommodations laws that might have forced her to photograph same-sex weddings.
This is a huge win for free speech in Wisconsin, said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action. No one should be threatened with punishment for having views that the government doesn't favor. Full Story....Here