Daily Clips: August 24th, 2016
Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world: “Pro life” policies.
The feudal origins of property tax: Property tax was first instituted by William the Conqueror in 1066, and King James “made sure that this system traveled overseas with the first settlers at Jamestown, so that he could partake in the profits of exploration of the new land.”
Why didn’t the Founding Fathers, who were looking to unshackle themselves from the norms of European monarchy get rid of property tax? In short, they needed the cash.
Berkeley put a tiny tax on sodas. Consumption went down 21%: How can you not be excited by these findings? Such good news. The long-term impact on obesity is still unknown, but this is a great first step.
Tweet of the day:
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) August 24, 2016