Monday, May 30, 2016

Self-Driving Cars: Some American Consumers Want Them Now

Real Clear Politics

Sweden stirs debate with women-only swimming, in nod to Muslims

CS Monitor

The federal insurance fund protecting millions of pensions is running out of cash

The Washington Post

Report: $64,370 Cost to Resettle One Middle Eastern Refugee In U.S.

Big Government

Danish politicians want DNA tests for Syrian refugee wanting to be reunited with his 17 kids


Life in the Childish States of America

The New York Post

Subsidized rent, but nowhere to go: Homeless vouchers go unused

The L.A. Times reports:
Nine years after she lost her apartment in North Hollywood and began couch-surfing and living in her van, Laura Luevano received a federal rent voucher to return her to the world of the housed.

Two months later — after calling 23 apartments for rent with no luck — the 65-year-old disabled woman is sleeping on a cramped couch on a back patio in Sylmar, one of at least 2,200 homeless people in Los Angeles County with a voucher but no place to use it.

With more than 35,000 people sleeping on sidewalks and in alleys, underpasses and riverbeds, the city and county are leaning on rent subsidies for private landlords to bring quick relief to homeless people while elected officials struggle to fund a $1.87 billion construction program.

But in the last two years, rents have soared far above baseline federal voucher caps — $1,150 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,500 for two-bedroom units. And with the county's rental vacancy rate at a scant 2.7%, voucher holders are tripping over one another in fruitless apartment hunts lasting months.
There's more:
The city has set aside $5 million, and the county $3 million, to cover security deposits and first and last month's rent, set up damage funds and pay initial water and power bills for formerly homeless voucher holders.

Some local governments also pay for $1,000 holding fees to tide over landlords while inspections and approvals are underway; a new program in Santa Monica offers a $5,000 signing bonus to landlords who rent to voucher holders.

But some landlords fear formerly homeless tenants will cause trouble or fall behind on rent. Subsidies are issued through a variety of programs to homeless and low-income people, but generally, tenants contribute 30% of their income, leaving the government to cover the rest.
There's more to the un-free market in real estate:
"Many landlords, even in this competitive market, when they find out their rent is going to be more consistent than in the regular market, they sign on," said Alisa Orduna, Mayor Eric Garcetti's homelessness deputy. "We have to hook them in."
"Hook them in". No word yet from the Keynesians who claim there's no inflation on this story.

Equality-loving Mass. looks the other way when it comes to financial status

The Boston Globe

Children of married parents have highest self-esteem, says new research

The Daily Mail reports:
Children whose parents are married have significantly higher self-esteem, according to research unveiled yesterday.

Teenagers of married couples were more confident than those in single-parent families or youngsters whose parents lived together in a stable long-term relationship, it found.

Overall, boys with married parents had the highest self-esteem, while girls with co-habiting parents had the lowest.

Previous research has found that confidence and happiness in childhood has a significant impact on future life chances and is more important than factors such as income.

The latest study contradicts previous claims that children are unaffected by their parents’ marital status.

It found that children whose parents were in stable, long-term co-habiting relationships reported the same levels of self-esteem as those from single parent households.

By contrast, children whose parents were married reported higher levels of self-esteem.

The study, from the Marriage Foundation, was based on data from 3,822 children polled in British Household Panel Survey. Harry Benson, research director at the foundation, said: ‘Conventional wisdom has it that child outcomes depend on parents staying together rather than marital status.

Someone should ask Barack Obama if single parenthood should be subsidized and encouraged.

Hillary campaign fundraising email reveals signs of panic

The American Thinker

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