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A Better Post-Election World?
Here Are Three Ideas For Improvement
Attempts to cross the political divide can have inspiring results.
Art Carden | November 13, 2018
Consumer Health Revolution is Coming, FDA Permitting
Consumer revolution in healthcare keeps costs low and quality high.
Ross Marchand | November 9, 2018
A California Transit Agency Might Help Solve the Housing Crisis
Bill Makes BART City Planner of Last Resort for Station-Adjacent Land
Desperate times call for desperate measures. California’s housing shortage is the stuff of legend, with some of America’s highest rents found in the Bay Area. The failure of the region’s cities to allow enough housing to be built is one of America’s great policy failures, but each year the state…
Nick Zaiac | November 8, 2018
Candy Kings
How Do Your Kids Create Wealth by Trading Halloween Candy?
We spent a lovely evening with friends last night, enjoying a lovely dinner of baked potatoes with homemade chili garnished with bits d’bacon and locally-sourced shredded cheddar—the nearest Target isn’t that far, after all—and served with a sour cream reduction. Even the kids, who had gathered in the downstairs playroom to trade…
Art Carden | November 7, 2018
More Taxes, Less Beer
How Much is Government Really Charging You?
How much of your daily life is impacted by government? I was enjoying a pint at my new favorite brewery and struck up a conversation with one of the owners. After learning I research taxes, he told me the staggering amount he contends with just to provide good beer on…
Elliot Young | October 31, 2018
Why are CAT Scans Cheaper for Cats than Humans?
A Lesson on How to Lower Healthcare Costs
When pets need medical attention, they often benefit from the same tools, machines, and expertise that humans use at the doctor’s office or hospital. The difference, though, is cost. While humans haven’t managed to bend the “cost curve” down in medicine, veterinary medicine becomes cheaper and cheaper with the passage of time.
Ross Marchand | October 29, 2018
Is Gov Paranoid?
Spying for Your Protection
Gov’s got a problem. It turns out that people don’t always like being told what to do, even when Gov so obviously knows what’s best for them. But don’t worry, Gov has a plan. To make sure that everyone is protected, from terrorists or just themselves, Gov occasionally takes a look at all our cell phone data, online activity, and credit card transactions. That’s not paranoid right?
Ben Wilterdink | October 23, 2018
A License to Kill Jobs
Do You Have a Permit for That?
Starting a business is tough. Acquiring the skills necessary to succeed, attracting and retaining customers, and outcompeting the competition are not easy feats to accomplish. It can be even tougher once government regulations are thrown into the mix.
Ben Wilterdink | October 19, 2018
Hacking Mosquitoes to Save Lives
How Innovation is Being Harnessed to Take on Deadly Diseases at the Source
Hacking pests could be a turning point in defeating some deadly diseases and saving millions of lives worldwide. It could also end the need for conventional spraying campaigns.
Lawrence McQuillan | October 16, 2018
If Rent Control is Like Winning the Lottery, Who Buys the Losing Tickets?
When a property becomes subject to rent control, the first losers are the property owners. Stripped of their ability to freely negotiate rental agreements with prospective tenants, property owners usually see a decline in the value of their property, and many simply turn rental properties into condos or other kinds of housing that can be sold rather than rented.
Ben Wilterdink | October 10, 2018