Born in Europe in the 19th century, most governments in the developed world have embraced the concept as a central public policy goal. People looked to the political system to deliver them from the extremes of poverty and misfortune.
The method we use to fund public schools continues to create controversy, and public commentary about it continues to add confusion to the debate.
Although it’s a lovely place, Manitoba’s virtues do not include being on the cutting edge of public policy. But that has a bright side: tourist dollars from archaeologists who come to dig into our crypt of old, ineffective public policy ideas.
Legislated poverty destroys job prospects for natives.
The Filmon Government has fumbled the “big picture” ball miserably with its poorly thought out and unnecessary half-billion dollar expansion of a subsidized energy monopoly.
Let’s make life simpler for politicians who want to deliver on their promise of universal, high- quality Medicare. We can do this by “consumerizing” the system and putting health-care customers back in control.
The popular myth that Medicare’s problems stem from a lack of funding is a political perception, not an economic fact. The perpetual fight over budget share obscures the reality, which is that government spending on health care has never been reduced. It has risen steadily.