Recommended Reading – Friday, December 16th

Dec 16, 2011 by

Crowded Sask Legislature Should Not Add Seats (Canadian Taxpayers Federation)

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) called on the Wall government today to scrap its plan to add three new provincial seats to the legislature and instead consider reducing Saskatchewan’s seat count down to 53; ‘merely’ double Alberta’s ratio of politicians to citizens.

“Saskatchewan already has the highest ratio of provincial politicians to citizens among Canadian province with more than a million people,” said CTF Prairie Director Colin Craig. “It’s true Saskatchewan’s population is growing, but that doesn’t mean the province needs more provincial politicians. If anything, it’s time to reduce the number of provincial seats.” (Click here for the rest of the article)

How First Nations can Own Their Own Future (Frontier Center for Public Policy)

“Truly progressive governments recognize individual property rights and enforce the rule of law, thus allowing people to reap the rewards of their initiatives. Individual property, voluntary yet enforceable contracts, open markets – these have been the holy trinity of economic progress in the Western world since the Industrial Revolution, and they are transforming China, India, Brazil and many other previously impoverished countries.

The formula for progress is no different for first nations, which constitute the so-called Fourth World made up of colonized peoples within North America. Their road to advancement runs not through dependence on government transfers but through property rights, contracts and markets, leading to genuine self-determination.” (Click here for the rest of the article)

Should Doctors be Forced to Kill? (Secondhand Smoke)

“I have a piece in the Daily Caller about protecting the conscience rights of medical professionals who wish to maintain traditional Hippocratic Values. First, I set up the context. From “Should Doctors be Forced to Kill?” 

Fifty years ago, doctors would have been excoriated professionally for  assisting a patient’s suicide or performing a non-therapeutic abortion. After  all, the Hippocratic Oath proscribed both practices, while the laws of most  states made them felonies.

My, how times have changed. Today, abortion is a national constitutional  right, and two states have passed laws legalizing doctor-prescribed death.  Meanwhile, destroying human embryos may become the basis for cellular medical  treatments and people diagnosed with a persistent vegetative state could, one  day, be killed for their organs — a proposal often made to alleviate the organ  shortage in some of the world’s most notable bioethics and medical journals.

With life-taking procedures threatening to become as much a part of  medicine as life-saving techniques, a cogent question arises: What about the  rights of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who believe in  traditional Hippocratic ethics? Increasingly those who do are castigated as  interfering with “patient rights.” Indeed, medical professionals may one day be  forced to choose between their careers and their morals.” (Click here for the rest of the article)

Soaking the Rich Won’t Grow the Economy (Cato)

“In 2007, before the housing and financial crises, the top 1 percent of taxpayers paid 39.5 percent of individual income taxes, according to the CBO, plus 57 percent of the corporate tax, 4.7 percent of federal excise taxes, and 4.1 percent of payroll taxes. Combining those taxes, the top 1 percent paid a record 26.5 percent of all federal taxes combined from 2003 to 2007—up from 21.8 percent when Clinton was president and 13.8 percent from 1979 to 1982 before the Reagan tax cuts took effect. Which sounds like the fairer share?.

We tried soaking the rich in the past, but the resulting revenue loss was more than we possibly could afford today. Individual income tax rates of 20-91 percent under Eisenhower brought in only 7.7 percent of GDP. Lower tax rates of 14-70 percent from 1964 to 1981, thanks to President Kennedy, brought in 8 percent of GDP. A top tax of 28 percent from 1988 to 1990 brought in 8.1 percent of GDP. By contrast, raising the capital gains tax to 28 percent from 1987 to 1996 thwarted stock sales and clearly cost the Treasury a bundle. What was fairer about high tax rates that were not paid?

The trouble with depending on so few people for so much government is that it doesn’t work when the party stops. We’re running short of rich people to tax.” (Click here for the rest of the article)




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