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Yesterday I reported some data showing that the U.S. economy is in good shape from a structural viewpoint. Household spending and business investments - domestic private-sector activity - today absorb a larger share of output than they did under the Bush Jr. administration. Government consumption and investment spending has taken a step back, and the foreign trade balance is in better shape today than at the height of the Bush business cycle.
Over the last few months I have been researching juvenile justice issues with a particular focus on how to keep kids out of jail. While writing about my findings I have explored the disturbing national phenomenon of extremely young kids being arrested. This research has also uncovered the troubling connection between police officers (SROs) stationed in schools and elevated arrests and incarcerations of juveniles from these schools. Perhaps most horrifying has been the discovery that the fastest growing segment of police brutality and abuse is among School Resource Officers.
President Obama gets a lot of criticism from libertarians and conservatives. Some of that criticism is well deserved, but there are areas where the president has earned more accolades than he gets.
In fact, if you listen to the common conservative wisdom about Obama, we have an economy that is on the verge of being socialized. When it comes to regulatory incursions and irresponsible environmental policies, Obama's critics are indeed correct. That includes the legislative monstrosity known as the Affordable Care Act.
I am a libertarian.
It is easy to be a libertarian. All you have to do is sound off about how outraged you are about how big, wasteful and intrusive government is. You spice up your rhetoric with some googled quotes from Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises and Herman Hoppe (the man who called Milton Friedman a “socialist”…) and go home and feel accomplished.
The Shame on U.S.report has recently recommended that Congress withhold all federal child welfare funds in order to compel states to comply with child welfare laws and standards that the authors say are being violated in every state. The Children’s Advocacy Instituteof the San Diego School of Law in conjunction with First Star, a non-profit child abuse prevention advocacy group presented an extensive report to congress in January 2015. The report is entitled Shame on U.S.: Failings by All Three Branches of our Federal Government Leave Abused and Neglected Children Vulnerable to Further Harm.