ECONOMICS: Axiom — Rent control makes everyone poor except politicians!

https://jeffjacoby.com/26719/as-any-economist-can-tell-mayor-wu-rent-control

As any economist can tell Mayor Wu, rent control never works
by Jeff Jacoby
The Boston Globe
January 29, 2023

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From the other side of the aisle, the renowned conservative economist Thomas Sowell agrees. Rent control policies, he said in a 2019 interview, turn everyone into losers:

“The tenants lose because they can’t find a place to stay. Landlords lose because they don’t make the profit they would have made otherwise. The builders lose because there’s no demand for apartment buildings if no one can make a profit on them.” By and large, observed Sowell, politicians are the only class of people who come out ahead. “They get the reputation of being for the poor and the downtrodden [and] preventing the evil landlords from raising the rent.”

As if that isn’t enough, rent control is infamous among economists for other negative impacts. It exacerbates racial discrimination in housing. It multiplies bureaucracy. It disproportionately hurts those it is intended to help. And what is true in America is true everywhere. When rent control has been tried in other countries, from Canada to Germany to Sweden, the outcomes have been dismal. Even communist Vietnam abandoned rent control after its destructive impact became apparent.

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Why do “we” have to keep reinventing the wheel?  “We, The Sheeple” should immediately give any politician or bureaucrat that mentions “rent control” the pitchfork and torches treatment.

Argh!

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VOCABULARY: “Whataboutism” to absolve bad behavior

https://jeffjacoby.com/26689/when-whataboutism-is-appropriate

When ‘whataboutism’ is appropriate
by Jeff Jacoby The Boston Globe
January 15, 2023

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“Whataboutism,” a term much in fashion in political circles these days, is a pejorative reference to a very old and familiar argument: A’s bad behavior can’t be condemned because B engaged in bad behavior too.

The term dates back to the Cold War. It was the label given to a tactic perfected by Soviet propagandists. If Western critics blasted Moscow’s crimes in Afghanistan, the persecution of dissidents, or the horrors of the Gulag, trained Soviet flacks would respond with knee-jerk “whataboutism”: What about racism in America? What about Watergate? What about riots in US cities?

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Sorry, but you can’t distract from the point being made about your bad behavior by pointing to someone else’s bad behavior.

Each “counter example” may be worthy of its own discussion, but stick to the point at hand.

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EDUCATION: Time to separate Gooferment from “education”

https://jeffjacoby.com/26666/the-school-that-sabotaged-its-standout-students

The school that sabotaged its standout students
by Jeff Jacoby The Boston Globe

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It is hard to overstate the outrageousness of this betrayal, but it reflects the school district’s stated determination to “produce equal outcomes for every student, without exception.” Taken literally, such a policy requires the dumbing-down of classroom expectations to the lowest common denominator. It means that high-scoring students must on no account be encouraged to excel.

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“Catholic school taught them that it was their obligation, and could even be a mortal sin, if you didn’t use all your talents to the greater glory of God.” — “Chapter Fifty — Samaritans going to Jericho / Monday November 5, 1962 – Church Day + 17 (continues)” CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 1 Page 296

I was never a willing student, but I was always “encouraged”  — sometimes with physical violence  — to do my best.

Now, seven decades later, I realize how important that encouragement is.  We don’t have “corporal punishment” like in my day, but sometimes  — to refer to the old joke about the farmer and the stubborn mule  — sometimes “you need to get the student’s attention”.   I like when the student is encourage to learn what they want and when they want to learn.  Maybe we have lost the American ethic to “work hard and smart”.

I admire the Asian family influence over children and the importance of education.  It’s a shame that black students equate being educated with “acting white”.  We’ve failed them.  The late Walter Williams came from the segregated Philly school system where poor performance was just unacceptable.  He attributed his success to the encouragement he got then.

Bottom line for me is that the Gooferment has take over “education” and “achieved” diminishing results and an ever expanding cost.

In the tax revolt of the 1970 in the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee, I urged a “Forty Year” plan to move from the current system to a free market solution.  The first 20 years was a series of 5% liberations of students from the requirement to attend a local public school with a “green voucher” to but whatever education is best for them.  The second 20 years was a series of 5% reduction in the amount of those vouchers.  At the end of 40 years, the problem would be solved.

But, as ususal, politics and the “teachers’ union” was impossible to overcome.

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RANT: Repeal REALID and reduce Gooferment powers; the politicians and bureaucrats abuse them!

https://jeffjacoby.com/26644/real-id-was-a-real-mistake-and-congress-should

Real ID was a real mistake and Congress should scrap it at last
by Jeff Jacoby
The Boston Globe
December 28, 2022

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“If fully implemented, the law would facilitate the tracking of data on individuals and bring government into the very center of every citizen’s life,” warns the American Civil Liberties Union. Real ID would make Americans’ personal information available to a vast network of federal, state, and local officials — an irresistible lure to overreaching government snoops, to say nothing of a mother lode for identity thieves. Even worse, the requirement that all driver’s licenses and ID cards have an unencrypted barcode puts that personal information within the grasp of anyone with an electronic scanner.

In authoritarian countries, it is taken for granted that citizens must always have their identification forms with them and that governments have a presumptive right to demand information about any individual at any time. That is not the American way. Here, the presumption is that the national government does not have an automatic claim to personal information and may not track individuals at will without probable cause to suspect wrongdoing.

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“Where are your papers!” 

Every Nazi-involved movie always had this trope in it.  And, it should be a warning of the slippery slope.

Americans don’t need Gooferment “papers” to exist.

And, after we have seen how respectful the Deep State is to the First Amendment, why would we give them anything that could be misused.

#repealrealid #endthefed #endthefbi #endthecia

And on … and on … and on!

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .”
— Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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