Recommended Reading – Tuesday, January 24th

Jan 24, 2012 by

Canadian Housing Affordability in One Page (Frontier Centre for Public Policy)

“The authors of the Survey point out that for most of the post war history of Western nations such as Canada, housing has been afforded at around three times income.  Since the late 1980’s this affordability threshold has been crashed through in many markets with housing in Vancouver, measured as the second least affordable market in the English speaking world, now costing 10.6 times household income.” (Click here for the rest of the article)

Should Everyone Be Required to Have Health Insurance? (The Cato Institute)

“When Washington begins penalizing people for not purchasing health insurance in 2014, it will mark the first time in history the federal government has required nearly all Americans to buy a private product as a condition of lawful residence in the U.S. No part of the health-care law is less popular, or more essential to preventing it from crumbling like a house of cards, than this individual mandate.

Even if the mandate were popular and constitutional, it would still be a bad idea. It will increase premiums, cost shifting and government rationing, while promoting irresponsibility. Indeed, its entire purpose is to enable supporters to avoid responsibility for their decisions.” (Click here for the rest of the article)

Open Marriage – High Risk to Women and Children (The New York Times)

“The open marriage ethic that was celebrated in the ’70s is particularly problematic for women because men tend to be more interested in multiple sexual partnerships — as a wide body of social scientific research tells us. For instance, in the United States today, women are significantly more likely to express opposition to infidelity and significantly less likely to engage in it. In the 2000s, only 10 percent of married women, compared with 16 percent of married men, reported that they had been unfaithful to their spouse, according to the General Social Survey.

Open marriage is also likely to be a terrible idea for children. A growing body of research suggests that children are harmed when they are exposed to a revolving cast of caregivers and partners. For example, a recent federal report found that children living with one parent and an unrelated romantic partner were about 10 times as likely to be sexually, physically or emotionally abused, compared with children living with their own married, biological parents. ” (Click here for the rest of the article)

Mark Steyn: The Sinking of the West (National Review)

“Today the wealthiest nations in human history build cruise ships rather than battleships, vast floating palaces dedicated to the good life — to the proposition that, in the plump and complacent West, life itself is a cruise, sailing (as the Concordia’s name suggests) on a placid lake of peace and harmony. Since the economic downturn of 2008, the Titanic metaphor — of a Western world steaming for the iceberg but unable to correct course — has become a little overworked, the easiest cliché for any politician attempting to project urgency. But let’s assume they’re correct, and we’re heading full steam for the big ’berg. When we hit, what’s the likelihood? That our response will be as ordered and civilized as those on the Titanic? Or that we will descend into the hell of the Concordia?

The contempt for “women and children first” is not a small loss. For soft cultures in good times, dispensing with social norms is easy. In hard times, you may have need of them.”  (Click here for the rest of the article)

Solar Subsidy Sinkhole (Der Spiegel)

“The costs of subsidizing solar electricity have exceeded the 100-billion-euro mark in Germany, but poor results are jeopardizing the country’s transition to renewable energy. The government is struggling to come up with a new concept to promote the inefficient technology in the future.” (Click here for the rest of the article)

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