Showing posts with label reform. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reform. Show all posts

Police Shooting Videos Spark Need For Reform

by Steven Greenhut.    It’s easy to understand why law-enforcement lobbyists have largely opposed efforts to expand the use of officer body cameras. As we see in Chicago—and now in San Francisco—the video images of police shootings may be at odds with what officers said took place. In Chicago, protesters have been demanding the         ... MORE

Top White House Drug Official: War On Drugs Is A Failure

by Alex Mierjeski.   That makes it unanimous. The nation's top drug official went on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday night and proclaimed the old War on Drugs a failure. Michael Botticelli, who serves as the director of the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy, also said he wants to reform and refocus U.S. drug policy. When asked by "60 Minutes"  ... MORE

J. D. Tucille: Red Tape And Licensing Remain Powerful Deterrents To Starting Businesses And Creating Jobs

by J.D. Tuccille.  Serial failed businessman Samuel Clemens might have a lesson or two to offer to his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Thwarted in his riverboat-piloting career, unsuccessful as a miner, and disappointed (to put it mildly) in his investments in an automated typesetting machine, "Mark Twain" could have told officials in his old stomping ground  ... MORE

Anti-Ridesharing Laws Are Stuck In The Past

by Jordan Richardson.   Times have certainly changed since Robert De Niro was driving cab around New York's boroughs in the move Taxi Driver. The 1976 film showcased a society focused on the Vietnam War and De Niro's obsession with a presidential campaign. But one thing has not changed since the 70s: The government is still trying to regulate  ... MORE

Rand Paul Wants To "Blow Up the Tax Code and Start Over"

by Nick Gillespie.     Stop providing the details of your life to IRS. Libertarianish Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has announced the outlines of an income tax plan that will, in his words, "blow up the tax code and start over." In the Wall Street Journal, Paul writes:I am announcing an over $2 trillion tax cut that would repeal the      ... MORE

Dreadful Criminal Justice System Destroyed Kalief Browder

by Scott Schackford.   Elizabeth Nolan Brown linked to a piece at The New Yorker this morning about the suicide of Kalief Browder, 22, who spent three years at Rikers Island, often stuck in solitary confinement, without ever seeing a trial. The journalist, Jennifer Gonnerman, originally dove deep into Browder's case back in October, and it's worthy  ... MORE

Sheldon Richman: The USA Freedom Act Is Inscrutable Because Politicians Know Power Thrives On Complexity

Just as roaches flourish in the dark.      In a democracy citizens prevent the government from abusing them by staying informed and exercising their "rights" under the system. They monitor the politicians’ and bureaucrats’ conduct, and when citizens see what they consider misbehavior, they act to stop it either by communicating     ... MORE

After Whistleblowers Expose Stunning Instances Of Abuse, Florida Prison Officials Crack Down . . . On Whistleblowers

by Mary Ellen Klaus and Julie Brown. The tyranny is always at odds with transparency. Two days after Florida legislators asked a series of probing questions of the top inspector at the Department of Corrections, the agency has banned inspectors from discussing any investigations, releasing any public records relating to agency probes, or even   ... MORE

Matthew Hurtt: The Republican Plan To Cripple IRS

GOP attempt to reel in lawless thugs.     Imagine a world where there were not enough IRS agents to threaten your livelihood by pouring over years of receipts and tax filings. With the Republican takeover of the Senate, the Republican-controlled Congress is looking to severely de-fund the IRS in the wake of the ongoing scandal that revealed the   ... MORE

Joshua D. Filler: Time To Call In SWAT Team Reform Crew

Excessive force by cops becoming widely recognized.     In February 2013, an armored vehicle and a special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team funded in part by a Department of Homeland Security grant were deployed by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department during the manhunt for domestic terrorist Christopher Dorner. Dorner   ... MORE

Sonny Bunch: Stifling Commerce

Government smothers what it's supposed to promote.     "I ran for office pledging to make our government leaner and smarter and more consumer friendly," President Barack Obama reminded a group of small businessmen at a January 2012 White House gathering. You can see why the audience needed a refresher course. The president's     ... MORE

Advocates Lay Groundwork For Pot Legalization In Mass.

by Joshua Miller.     Advocates of marijuana legalization, emboldened by successes with ballot questions in Colorado and Washington state, are laying the groundwork for such a battle in Massachusetts in the next presidential election year. “In 2016, Massachusetts will find itself in the crosshairs for cannabis reform,” said Allen St. Pierre,          ... MORE

Veronique de Ruby: Slouching Toward Bankruptcy

Its dangerous to put off Social Security reform.    In November 2004, President George W. Bush was re-elected after campaigning on personal accounts for Social Security. It was unfair, he argued at the time, to make a generation of young people pay into a system that's going broke. Bush's plan promised to make the program solvent,     ... MORE

Monty Pelerin: Hyperinflation Is A Political Choice

Markets will stop what politicians will not.        The situation with the Federal Reserve (and other central banks around the world) is not very different than what prevailed in the early 1920s and ended in Germany’s horrendous hyperinflation. The notions that “this time is different” or “it can’t happen here” are naive. It is happening    ... MORE