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Tax hike won’t solve our spending problem

In Research by Michael Rae

In his Telegraph-Journal column, AIMS Vice-President of Research John Williamson suggests that New Brunswick’s government should commit to a limit on increased spending of one percent per year, to combat uncontrolled expenditure increases. This action, he argues, “would largely offset inflation and put downward pressure on the province’s spending arc.”

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Even When School Choice Works, Critics Call it a Failure

In Analysis by Michael Rae

Thomas Paine recommended vouchers to help parents afford private schools for their children more than 200 years ago. While most college students today use vouchers to attend public or private colleges and universities, the concept remains needlessly controversial when it comes to parents using them for their school-age children.
For example, in a recent Washington Post article Emma Brown recently claimed school choice hasn’t worked based on evidence from New York City, where students are no longer assigned to public high schools based on their zip codes.
For starters, the Big Apple is hardly, as Brown calls it, “a real-life laboratory for questions of

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Government Price Controls and Drug Addiction

In Analysis by Michael Rae

In the print edition of the latest issue of National Review, staff writer David French has a sobering article describing how the Veterans Health Administration is overdosing veterans on prescription drugs. A veteran himself, French has plenty of anecdotes about his buddies:
They couldn’t sleep, so they had to take Ambien. They were depressed, so they were taking Lexapro. They had chronic neck and back pain after hanging 90 pounds of gear on their frame day after day, month after month, so they took Lortab. They were anxious, so they took Xanax.
It was as if a VA doctor had simply listened

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Congress Must Rein in Agency Overreach

In Rights by Michael Rae

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, TechFreedom, Americans for Tax Reform, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and a coalition of other free-market organizations called on Congress to restore the balance of power among the three branches of the federal government. Their coalition letter urged passage of the Separation of Powers Restoration Act, which

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Understanding Brexit and the need for EU reform

In Research by Michael Rae

The turmoil in the wake of the United Kingdom referendum result in favour of leaving the European Union offers some important lessons with respect to the importance of institutions and how they are managed over time, as well as the information available about costs and benefits of economic policies.It seems counterintuitive for a majority of U.K. citizens to vote to leave the EU given that on paper it offers a much larger common market and economic space for individuals and firms in the U.K., which should boost economic activity and performance.Much has been made of the so-called four freedoms that

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So much for lower taxes on Canada’s middle class

In Research by Michael Rae

In the lead up to the federal election, the Liberals campaigned on cutting taxes for Canada’s middle class. Once elected, the Liberals did reduce the income tax rate on the second-lowest federal tax bracket from 22 to 20.5 per cent. However, the Liberals also implemented or announced a host of tax hikes that will more than wipe out the benefits of the income tax cut, leaving less money in the pocket of Canadians.The latest tax increase announced is the payroll tax hike to finance the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Unfortunately, the impact that the CPP’s expansion will

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PowerLinks 07.11.16

In Opinion by Michael Rae

Beyond America: Advocating for religious liberty around the world
Travis Wussow, ERLC
By nearly any measure, 2015 was the worst year to be a Christian in living memory. As the Obama administration and U.S. Congress recognized in early 2016, the so-called Islamic State has been perpetrating a genocide against Yezidis, Christians and Shia Muslims. As Secretary of State John Kerry said, the Islamic State “kills Christians because they are Christians; Yezidis because they are Yezidis; Shia because they are Shia.”

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God and Man in the Age of Trump

In Opinion by Michael Rae

If a classic, as Mark Twain claimed, is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read, then William F. Buckley, Jr.’s God and Man at Yale is the epitome of a conservative classic. Few who have read it (and they are indeed few) would dispute its importance to the founding of modern conservatism. As the historian George Nash said, God and Man was “probably the most controversial book in the history of conservatism since 1945 and it’s importance for this movement is manifold.”
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Pokémon Go, community, and spontaneous order

In Opinion by Michael Rae

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The long awaited augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go, based on the long running video game franchise, was released in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand late last week. The game allows players to find and capture Pokémon, like the famous Pikachu, in the real world as they walk around streets and parks throughout their cities.
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A Glimpse into the College Entitlement Mentality

In Analysis by Michael Rae

Should a college education be a handout or something earned?
A recent feature in The New Yorker Magazine provides a sobering glimpse of things to come if advocates of “free college” get their way.
In his feature article “The Big Uneasy,” author Nathan Heller interviewed several Oberlin College students who demanded, among other things, the suspension of any grades below C so they could devote more time to on-campus activism (driving some 40 minutes to protest in Cleveland proved too burdensome).
About 85 percent of Oberlin students receive financial aid from federal, state, and local sources to attend this progressive liberal arts college,

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