Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, January 21, 2016
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Six Challenges Facing Africa in 2016
Gideon Strauss, Providence

While I am an optimist with regard to global poverty alleviation, my optimism is sorely tested when it comes to my beloved birth continent, Africa.

Some people just shouldn’t save for retirement
Andrew G. Biggs, AEI

To expect that very low-income households should have substantial personal savings for retirement is nutty. These are precisely the households Social Security was created for.

The decline of Bitcoin shows you can’t engineer past government
Ryan Cooper, The Week

Try to engineer around politics, and it will flood back in the most atavistic and unscrupulous forms.

Shouldn’t Bernie Sanders Want to Underpay Teachers?
Jason Richwine, The Corner

There is essentially a “single payer” for education within school districts. The teachers, principals, custodians, textbooks, and school buildings are all paid for by the government. Yet Bernie Sanders would never argue that the government should use its near-monopoly to push teacher salaries below market levels.