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Stuart is a professor and the Director of the Public Policy program at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He teaches economics and cost-benefit analysis and studies regulation in the United States at both the federal and state levels. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Stuart worked for five years at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.
Police Militarization Wrong For Communities

Police Militarization Wrong For Communities

One of the many things we’ve learned from the debacle in Ferguson, is that the police have become far too much of a military force with equipment and weapons that they just don’t need.  Tim Devaney explains: Since the 1990s, the Pentagon has provided local police with more than $5 billion worth of military equipment [...]

Missouri GOP Exec Calls Ferguson Voter Registration Efforts ‘Disgusting’

In the din of noise about the Ferguson Mo. tragedy, it is hard to be heard. But today, at least two comments deserve our attention for their offensiveness. First, in response to voter registration efforts in Ferguson: Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Matt Wills denounced voter registration efforts amid continued protests in Ferguson, calling it [...]

In Praise Of Dads

In Praise Of Dads

  OK, as a very involved Dad, I’m hardly an unbiased source on this subject but I was happy to see this review of a new book on the importance of fathers: But fathers matter most, of course, in childhood, when the seeds of many future traits are planted. Mr. Raeburn quotes a wealth of [...]

Substitute ‘Mexico’ For ‘Europe’ And Expect The Same Outcome

I’ve been watching Ric Burns’ documentary on New York City and came across the following quote about the Irish immigrants in the 19th Century: All Europe is coming across the ocean, all that part at least that cannot make a living at home, and what should we do with them they increase our taxes, eat [...]

Want To Lose Weight, Move To A City

Suburban life makes you fatter according to a new study by Norman Garrick and Wesley Marshall. In the current Journal of Transport and Health, Garrick and Marshall report that cities with more compact street networks—specifically, increased intersection density—have lower levels of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The more intersections, the healthier the [...]

Are You A Sex Offender?

Are You A Sex Offender?

Sex offender registries are highly problematic in a number of ways.  One of the most obvious ones is that you can get put on the list for many things such as underage sex: In some 30 states—from Alabama to Wisconsin—consensual sex between teenagers is a crime that can lead to sex offender status. “No group [...]

The Role Of Luck

The Role Of Luck

  Nicholas Kristof absolutely nails it, in describing why some people succeed and some fail. ONE delusion common among America’s successful people is that they triumphed just because of hard work and intelligence. In fact, their big break came when they were conceived in middle-class American families who loved them, read them stories, and nurtured [...]

Voter Fraud Less Likely Than Getting Hit By Lightning

Many of the voter suppression statutes passed in GOP controlled states in the past few years have been justified as preventing voter fraud.  How much voter fraud is there?  Justin Levitt has looked into it (h/t Kevin Drum) To be clear, I’m not just talking about prosecutions. I track any specific, credible allegation that someone [...]

Good News On Obamacare And Medicare

The Medicare and Social Security trustees issued their annual report last week.  The headline was the good news that Medicare is now solvent until 2030, four years later than previously estimated.  Drew Altman points out that there was even better news buried in the details: * Contrary to conventional wisdom, Medicare appears to be outperforming [...]

The Tea Party Grifters

The Tea Party Grifters

Steve LaTourette is a former Republican Congressman from Ohio.  Today he wrote a column about the leaders of the Tea Party movement and described them as grifters. Political grifting is a lucrative business. Groups like the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Tea Party Patriots are run by men and women who have made millions [...]

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