Articles Posted in the " government " Category

  • Private Rights vs Public Good–who should win?

    Private Rights vs Public Good–who should win?

    Update:  The Citizen, Bobby Maguire, was given permission to use a 33′ right of way.  In exchange for his use (not ownership) of 1/2 an acre of land, he has voluntarily given to the state 1 full acre, and $15,000....


  • what is transparency?

    what is transparency?

    Transparency has been in the news not only with the occupy movement, but also with penn state following the big scandal.  But what is transparency? Does transparency mean that you tell everyone everything you do and why do it?  bust...


  • My Son writes–A College Student’s views on Bin Laden’s death

    My Son writes–A College Student’s views on Bin Laden’s death

    My son wrote (using twitter) quite elegantly about not only the jubilation that he and 15,000 others felt Sunday night upon hearing that the US Navy Seals had finally “done in” Bin Laden, but also about why for his generation...


  • The Problem with PowerPoint — is US!

    The Problem with PowerPoint — is US!

    I have been a proponent of the “Presentation 2.0” style as a generic term and concept since attending the PodCamp Pittsburgh 2 in 2007.  In that PodCamp we heard from Chris Brogan who reminded us that the power of the...


  • Google Sees what you are doing… And turns you in!

    Google Sees what you are doing… And turns you in!

    My first thought when reading the headline “Google Maps cars pull some user data” was “*YAWN.* Another story about ‘do no evil’ Google being caught accidently being evil.” It at first seemed a rehash of the old story.  As Google’s...


  • Economics Dooms Health Care Reform to failure.

    Economics Dooms Health Care Reform to failure.

    In the last post I wrote about the perversions of incentives that cause the problems in the health care system.  Let me point out that it’s not that we are behaving irrationally.  We are behaving completely rationally–given the situation we...


  • Perverse Incentives: Patients are our own worst Enemy with Health Costs

    Perverse Incentives: Patients are our own worst Enemy with Health Costs

    Okay, here’s another problem, since spend way too much time talking about the mandate… let’s talk basic economics. The whole initiative is predicated on a few arguments: Costs (prices) are too high. Insurance companies are “making too much money” Millions...


  • Welcome to the “New Grand Experiment”

    Welcome to the “New Grand Experiment”

    Let the experiment begin. I am not alone in my expectation that the Health Care (insurance) reform will not improve Health Care (it won’t make bad doctors good ones, for instance) and it won’t improve access since lower prices have...


  • Liberalism Doesn’t Scale (and it shouldn’t!)

    Liberalism Doesn’t Scale (and it shouldn’t!)

    A colleague of mine is a great friend. He would do anything for me, or for anyone for that matter. He honestly (and rightly) believes that we should do unto our neighbors as we would want them to do for...


  • So, just who DOESN’T use the Internet?

    So, just who DOESN’T use the Internet?

    The New York Times has the story, Broadband Now! So Why Don’t Some Use It? where they ask the question “Why not?” So for those that have been listening to our podcast Real Tech for Real People, we have talked quite...