By Joel M. Zinberg
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If only 12% of campus sexual assaults are reported, then 1 in 38 women at the Univ. of Minnesota are sexually assaulted, not 1 in 5
Using actual campus crime data from the University of Minnesota and assuming the White Claim that only 12% of sexual assaults are reported, an analysis shows that only 1 in 38 female UM students was the victim of sexual assault from 2010-2012.
Europe has not been doing so well. If America’s economic growth has been sluggish, most of Europe hasn’t been growing at all, with unemployment, especially among the young, remaining perpetually high in much of the continent.
Some of the countries we lionize for their high-achieving and tuition-free higher education systems are successful in part because they do things that many Americans dislike. They track students into different paths and ration access to the most prestigious ones.
| The American
With the full impact of harsh caps on defense spending set to resume next year, Congress has an important opportunity to analyze the merits of the president’s proposed increase and exceed it as necessary to target additional funds towards addressing the military’s readiness crisis. Here’s how policymakers could spend additional funds — up to and beyond the president’s request of $534 billion.
Teachers are right that school improvement is ultimately about what happens between students and teachers in classrooms, and that means supporting instruction and empowering teachers. But reformers are right to fear that some teachers can’t be trusted with that authority.
| The Hill
Greece policymakers have been falling into the same mistakes. The prescriptions that have been offered under current eurozone membership have yielded little-to-no results for the Greek economy. It is time for Greece to fully consider the merits of euro exit.
King v. Burwell could be an enormous opportunity for those who want to replace Obamacare with a consumer-driven health reform that would offer flexibility rather than rigidity and encourage the development of a functional and sustainable market for affordable coverage and care. But it will only offer such an opportunity if conservatives are prepared to give the states a serious alternative arrangement.
While 20something marriage has gotten a reputation from parents, peers, and the popular culture for being a bad idea, the evidence suggests many benefits to marrying in your mid-to-late 20s if you find the right person.
When Dodd-Frank was being debated in Congress, critics warned that the CFPB would have little accountability and would therefore be inclined to overreach. By trying to eliminate dealer discretion on auto loan discounts, the agency seems determined to prove that fear right.
| The American
If American political leaders turn the nation’s increased energy production into power, the United States will have good strategic options to deal with any new Chinese challenge. This strength is the safest, best way to persuade China to choose comity over rivalry.
Obamacare forces any slight change in health insurance premiums to become a noisy national political matter. This year the new drug for Hepatitis C is likely to put insurers and the medical industry at odds as premium increases gain political scrutiny.
| National Review
The EPA’s proposed carbon emission regulation passes the EPA’s own cost-benefit analysis only if you include benefits that accrue to the whole world rather than the citizens of the United States. This sets a dangerous precedent for American public policy.
The Fed’s decision to end the QE purchases was easy. The harder decision – when to raise the funds rate – lies ahead. Could the data provide a compelling case by June in favor of tightening given the risk of making a policy mistake that would be difficult to reverse? It’s possible, but not likely.