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Math Doesn't Add Up

Kenneth L. Wrote: Feb 02, 2013 10:16 AM
Exactly, TrueLib. We need to eliminate perverse incentives from our public policy. Just that seemingly obvious and innocuous (in)action would ignite a ferocious economic boom. There is nothing "draconian" about it, nothing that will deprive people. Welfare reform during Clinton's presidency reduced poverty rates. We must stop rewarding out-of-wedlock births and punishing work and saving. We must reward educational success and evaluate school and teacher performance. It's just a matter of rational management. Give up the Looking Glass and operate in reality.

Sometimes the math just doesn’t work.  

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