Tax Policy Center: 43 percent of married couples pay more in taxes (averaging $2,064) for being married; another 43 percent pay less (averaging $3,062). Black couples are more likely to pay more.
Woke health: NY The planning to require a “health equity assessment” opening a new facility or slashing or consolidating existing services.
Doctors got bonuses to give patients the Covid vaccine.
Why we have crime: the average person sent to jail in 2014 had 10.3 previous arrests (median 8) and 4.3 previous convictions (median 3)!
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For the most part crime is a young man’s job. Two-thirds of incarcerated men are between the age of 18 and 44. Three-fourths of men in prison are less than 50 years old. About 60% are between 25 and 44. Sooner or later people just get tired of the revolving prison door.
The finding that ice cream lowers insulin resistance is wild. Yet, because the idea that ice cream may be good for you is so far removed from what experts expected they didn’t want to disclose it. Why not frozen yogurt? That sounds like the best idea.
Thanks for posting the Alex Tabarrok article and comments about crime. I started following him after I read the book ‘Locked In” by John Pfaff. This book systematically debunks the whole narrative about mass incarceration being a racist plot.
There is a huge, huge gulf between the liberals who automatically sympathize with every prisoner, versus the conservatives who actually experience what the prisoners are like.
Mark Twain once said that “There is only one certifiable criminal class in America– and that is the U.S. Congress.” I am afraid we have to update this now. Our actual criminal class is probably over 1 million, and we are best off if they stay in jail. We do not have any penal colonies to send them to, or any foreign wars we can ship them to.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced the marriage penalty considerably, at least in some brackets, but is set to revert in 2026. But if the concern is racial disparity, why stop at the marriage penalty? Along with income, home and stock ownership also vary by race. I haven’t checked to see what the TPC has published regarding the racial implications of the renters’ tax penalty or the cost-basis step-up bonus.
My doctor reminds me I’m eligible for a booster, but doesn’t push it very hard. My standard response is that I’ll consider it after I understand the nature of my adverse reaction to a previous mRNA shot.
U.S. Covid policy seem about a year out of date. UK now recommends the vaccine only for 75 and older, and Switzerland has stopped recommending it completely.