Opinion – Trump’s Bluster on the Opioid Epedemic – Editorial – NYT

Here’s a good editorial from the NYT. Simply, Trump is way behind the curve of America’s opioid epidemic. Of course, conservatives and liberals have vastly different views on the most appropriate intervention strategy. Liberals argue that the state should provide effective treatment more readily. Whereas, conservatives focus on the law and order aspects and expect the addict’s family to step in to help. The big rub is that the quality of treatment often depends on family income/wealth. Thoughts?

Auction Work Visas After Brexit – Adam Smith Insitute (ASI) – John Gelmini

English: Child eating a veggie burger at a fas...

English: Child eating a veggie burger at a fast food restaurant. Français : Un enfant en train de manger un burger végétarien dans un fast-food. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m with Dr Alf, raising the skills of the indigenous workforce is going to take a very long time, as the UK state education system is at best 23rd in the world for literacy and numeracy and perhaps 44th overall.

Auctioning work permits is not going to get people into the country fast enough as many will be put off by a more onerous process.

The proposals do not address low UK worker productivity nor do they deal with laziness, poor motivation and the idea that UK workers are “above” certain types of work.

With postal workers, tube drivers, warehouse workers and fast food restaurants, the answer is robots and trades union de recognition. In other areas, the immigration limits have to be relaxed in relevant areas and benefit recipients must in parallel be compelled to do useful work in exchange for their benefits.

John Gelmini