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Eight Lessons We’ve Learned About the Epidemic of Crime and What to Do About it Eugene H. Methvin In the 30 years since Congress first established a federal agency for the study of crime, we have spent millions of dollars on criminological studies. That investment is finally bearing fruit. Aided by powerful new computers crunching reams of data, social scientists have learned a lot about criminal careers, how they develop, and how society can thwart them. The most serious offenders against people and property in this country generally hit their criminal peak between 16 and 18 years of age. The hard-core young thug-to-be starts stealing from mama’s purse before he’s 10. By the fourth and fifth grades, he is skipping… View Article
Dr. Steve Morse Introduction and Background The purpose of this report is to evaluate the progress of the Atlanta Empowerment Zone program and its results after two and one-half years of operation. Congress authorized federal funding of Empowerment Zones on August 10, 1993. On December 21, 1994, Atlanta’s Empowerment Zone application and strategic plan titled “Creating an Urban Village” was chosen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as one of six cities to be awarded Empowerment Zone (EZ) designation and $250 million ($100 million in federal cash grants and $150 million in job tax incentives) to revitalize Atlanta’s poorest neighborhoods. The information collected for this report was derived from performance reviews by a variety of groups… View Article
By Greg Smith, Esq. The following article originally appeared in the August 1997 issue of the Georgia Policy Review. Reprinted with permission from the American Legislative Exchange Council. On May 30 the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) National Task Force on Commerce and Economic Development adopted the model Public Employees’ Portable Retirement Option Act (PRO). The new model bill could not only revolutionize the structure of public employee pension funds, but may also pave the way for privatization of the nation’s Social Security system. In most states, public employees are promised specific benefits upon retirement based on their previous earnings and term of service. However, such defined benefit plans are now recognized as old-fashioned and inconsistent with the needs of… View Article
By Cameron Meierhoefer and Melissa Kelman Since the passage of the 1992 Energy Policy Act, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been laying the federal groundwork for deregulated wholesale competition in the electric power industry across the country. At the same time, states across the nation have begun evaluating retail competition, where individual customers can directly benefit from competitive pricing. In an effort to protect their regional monopolies, a number of utilities have warned that market forces cannot protect the public and ensure reliable service to meet all future demand. Yet, industrial users and local economic development authorities have supported careful deregulation as a safe and effective way to achieve lower electricity prices. As a consequence, state governments across… View Article
Election officials who have come to the United States from other countries to observe our elections are often amazed and chagrined to learn that no identification is required to register to vote or to cast a ballot. Many of these visitors are from countries plagued by extensive voter fraud. The biggest lesson they often learn from the United States is how not to structure a voting system. The irony is that the greatest democracy in the history of the world is so cavalierly undermining the integrity of the most fundamental right its citizens have – their right to vote in fair elections. http://www.gppf.org/pub/GovernmentReform/votfraud.pdf… View Article

What is Real Compassion?

In the last election campaign, we heard the word “compassion” at least a thousand times. Democrats have it, Republicans don’t. Big government programs are evidence of compassion; cutting back government is a sign of cold-hearted meanness. By their misuse of the term for partisan advantage, politicians have thoroughly muddied up the real meaning of the word. The fact is that much of what is labeled “compassionate” is just that, and it does a world of good; but much of what is labeled “compassionate” is nothing of the sort, and it does a world of harm. The former tends to be very personal in nature while the latter puts an involuntary burden on someone else. As Marvin Olasky points out in… View Article

Should Georgia Adopt Vote-By-Mail?

Charles S. Bullock III Despite rising affluence, improving education levels and highly competitive partisan politics, Geor- gians continue to be among the nation’s least likely voters. Just over 51 percent of the state’s registered voters went to the polls in November and only half as many participated in the July primary. Georgians stay away from the polls in droves. http://www.gppf.org/pub/GovernmentReform/votebymail.pdf… View Article

Dealing More Effectively with Juvenile Crime

John G. Malcolm Georgia’s juvenile justice system needs reform. The system is failing the citizens of Georgia and, ironically, the juveniles it is supposed to “rehabilitate.” The whole system is premised on by-gone days when children did not engage in many of the types of serious criminal behavior that are common today. The system was designed to punish “youthful indiscretions” and to send a “message” to the juvenile without stigmatizing him for life. Furthermore, it used to be believed that such youths really had no control over what they were doing since they were not old enough to really know the difference between right and wrong. Today’s young people are exposed to far more violence and barbarity than most of… View Article
Amy Bilskie February 7, 1997 FOREWORD There is overwhelming evidence that our current welfare system has failed many Americans and it has, in fact, been extremely harmful to the very people it was designed to protect C women and children. Several states, including Georgia, have learned that a reform approach emphasizing personal responsibility and work is much more likely to bring about real improvements than one that perpetuates the practices of the past. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 took just that type of approach. Both the new federal welfare law and Georgia’s plan for implementing a substantial portion of that law are positive attempts to improve the flawed system. Both are good in many ways.… View Article
Amy Bilskie December 2, 1996 FOREWORD August 22, 1996, marked a dramatic new day for America’s welfare programs.  On that day President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 into law, bringing to an end some 30 years of federal government policies that have, despite billions of dollars in effort, done little to alleviate the needs and distress of the poor. The current welfare system consists of an array of programs that are designed to provide society’s neediest members with cash assistance, food stamps and medical assistance.  Though well intentioned, it has evolved into a bureaucratic behemoth that is largely ineffective.  In fact, many critics fault the current system for contributing to, rather than solving,… View Article

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