The government, through the Securities & Exchange Commission, has passed a regulation requiring that all publicly-trade companies have to publish the ratio between how much the chief executives get paid as compared to their average worker. On the other end of the pay scale, a number of Democrats are pushing for and some local governments are implementing a $15 per hour minimum wage.
Do you think these policies will reduce income inequality? Should the government be meddling in salary decisions with no regard for how the marketplace sets wages and prices? (more…)
The decline in the size of families–from 3.5 to 2 children in 50 years–has also meant fewer cousins, fewer children in neighborhoods, and fewer relationships in general. That means, according to Ted C. Fishman, that we need to recover friendships, which are also in decline, even though having friends is important on all kinds of scales of well-being.
I would throw in that part of the problem may be the way friendship, which is often a same-sex relationship, has been sexualized by the homosexual movement. So called “queer theorists” in academia are interpreting virtually every close friendship on the part of historical figures is evidence that they are gay. And the counseling and support groups in schools often encourage young people who have the intense friendships often characteristic of adolescence to think they must be gay. But one of the most beneficial qualities of friendship, according to the classic authors, is that it is a close personal relationship that specifically is not sexual.
In fact, some Christians are seeking to channel gay feelings into non-sexual friendships. See, for example, this
. Wesley Hill has written a book on the subject, Spiritual Friendship
Teachers, who have big clout in the Democratic Party, don’t like standardized testing, a major reason being that it often provides evidence of their ineffectiveness. So Democrats generally support gutting No Child Left Behind, George W. Bush’s education law designed to make sure that children who perform poorly get the help they need. Republicans, who are usually against a federal role in education, are mostly OK with scrapping the law.
But now civil rights groups are arguing that mandatory testing is a matter of civil rights. Poor and minority students have a right to an education, they argue, and mandatory testing identifies the students who need extra help and makes sure school systems don’t ignore them. (more…)
Lehigh professor Henry J. Barkey points out that the institution of the nation-state is virtually unraveling in the Middle East, with central governments being unable to enforce their laws within its borders, being replaced with local warlords, factional militias, and cross-border organizations such as ISIS. (more…)
A massive earthquake, hitting 7.8 on the Richter scale, hit Nepal, killing at last count some 2,500 people. Avalanches in the Himalayas wiped out whole villages, as well as a base camp of mountain climbers on Mt. Everest. To help go here. (more…)
The Obama administration has signed a deal with Iran that would cut the economic sanctions in return for a scale back of its nuclear program. See the terms after the jump. Do you think this is a good achievement? (more…)