Fraser Institute Essay Competition 2012

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You couldn’t have made it through 2012 without running into a story about income inequality. Chances are, it made you think about how you fit into the story. That’s “entirely constructive”, […] Further to my earlier post on the “own goal” scored by the Fraser Institute report on North American labour markets, the Table below shows the rankings of the Canadian provinces – out of 60 states and provinces – for (1) labour market performance, 2007-11 and (2) the unionization rate.

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This approach is problematic […] When conflict erupts between Conservative politicians and the Fraser Institute, I am inclined to react as Henry Kissinger did to the Iran-Iraq War: “It’s too bad they can’t both lose.” But in the recent spat over stimulus, it was easy to choose sides.

However grudging the Harper government’s decision and however inadequate its execution, it […] The Fraser Institute is winning 6-0, at least in terms of The National Post’s coverage of its flawed study on stimulus.

Do they really need to so grossly distort and manipulate the statistics to make their arguments?

The answer is invariably “yes”. That’s because the underlying facts are often so […] On April 23, the Fraser Institute released the annual update of their misleading Consumer Tax Index report.

The piece is meant to feed the anti-tax sentiment with numbers sprinkled liberally for their shock value instead of providing any meaningful analysis.

Here are some of the main flaws with the report’s methodology.First, there are libertarian “privacy” concerns. Second, depriving the government […] That the HST will take a bite out of family budgets is clear to everyone.The main question right now is just how big of a bite.September 11th, 2014 Comments: 10 The Fraser Institute’s annual Consumer Tax Index report generated some media buzz with its outlandish claims about just how much taxes have risen since 1961.Before you get worked up about this, consider that 1961 was over half a century ago, before the time of universal health care that we all benefit from, before the […] After analyzing “research reports” issued by the Fraser Institute or the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), I usually end up shaking my head in disbelief.Indeed, this one Fraser Institute report supplied enough fodder for three separate posts today by Iglika (and she is promising a fourth!) I think that the report’s worst flaws are […] A recently released Fraser Institute report claims that the tax bill of the average Canadian family grew by a whopping 1,624% since 1961.Two studies released in BC earlier this week asked this exact question but came to very different conclusions.On Monday, the Fraser Institute released a paper arguing that […] The National Institute on Retirement Security in the U. produces some really excellent reports which should be more widely read, and not just on pensions or retirement income. Last week they published a good report, Out of Balance?The source is Understanding Climate Change: Lesson Plans for the Classroom, a resource for high school teachers.The particular graph is on page 69 (first page if you click on Lesson 5), […] This article was published in an abridged form today in the National Post.  I like this opening better so I posted it here.


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