President Barack Obama has wielded his executive authority to reduce the amount of military equipment flowing to local cops. His action comes in response to demonstrations of force by policy during the civil disturbances in Ferguson and Baltimore. Congressmen on the right and left also have been up in arms about this matter, albeit for […]
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Eli Lehrer, “Dead in the Water: The Federal Flood Insurance Fiasco,” the Weekly Standard, January 28, 2...
Eli Lehrer has written an interesting article on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). As he frames it, this insurance program illustrative of the challenge of taking a clever policy idea and translating it into a successful program. Between idea and action are politics and administration, both of which are critical to the success of a […]
Earlier this year, the Washington Post reported that the District of Columbia government had reaped $92.6 million from issuing traffic tickets. This is a record amount, $12 million (13%) more than the previous year. According to the Metropolitan Police Department’s website, DC has over 120 traffic cameras. Mayor Vincent Gray suggests that the way to […]
The blog of the American Enterprise Institute carries my impishly titled, “First We Kill All the Policy Wonks” (January 21, 2011). The piece is a response to a smart post by Mike Konczal, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. Its subject? Edward C. Banfield’s essay, Policy Science As Metaphysical Madness (1977). Obviously, I do not […]
The more difficult times are, the more intense the demand for simple solutions. This seems to be the case for both individuals and groups, be they corporations, religions, or nations. The February 25, 2010 issue of the New York Review of Books carried some short essays on Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997). Nicholas Kristof of the New […]