Hey, do incentives matter… again?

In my latest National Post column I express dismay that yet another expansion of a social program, in this case EI, cost more than expected because paying people to do something caused more of them to do it. Of all things.

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The Environment: Rounding the Turn

Our crowdfunding campaign for The Environment: A True Story had an excellent week last week. We’re now at very nearly 80% with 13 days to go. So thanks very much to everyone who backed it and everyone who shared and promoted it, including Ezra Levant and The Rebel, Tom Harris of the International Climate Science Coalition and Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore. But we’re not there yet.

I’m keen to get going on the actual documentary, and I’m busy compiling and sorting information and creating the basic storyline. But we still need just over $10,000 to reach our minimum target, which my widget tells me means nearly $850 per day from now until April 16. And we’d really like to get a bit beyond the minimum to help us afford a new camera, a bit more travel for interviews and on-location filming, really good graphics and, well, food on the table between the end of this project and the start of the next one.

So if you’ve already contributed, many thanks. If you’re not in yet, but you want to see common sense and sound science on climate change, please make a pledge today and get us to 80%, 90%, 100% and beyond. And either way, please keep sharing the project.

I know times are tough and people have all sorts of worthy demands on their budget, from looking after their own families to charitable giving to other desirable public policy causes. But in addition to meeting our target, it’s important to have a lot of names in the credits to show how many people are fed up with bad policy based on bad science backed by bullying rhetoric. That’s why anyone who can put in as little as $1 gets their name in the credits, unless they request anonymity, as a way of standing up for sensible and civil debate on a key issue.

We’re heading into the home stretch and it’s very gratifying. But we need your help to make it to the finish line.

 

 

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You can’t just repeal bad laws, can you?

In my latest National Post column, I express frustration that Republicans can’t manage to get rid of Obamacare just because it’s a really bad law, and then go on and repeal more bad stuff.

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Would the real Bill Morneau please start talking… or stop

In my latest National Post column I wonder how a person as apparently sensible as our federal Finance Minister could have started talking such nonsense so quickly after becoming a politician.

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With government in charge…

In my latest National Post column I satirize people’s ongoing faith in government’s compassionate efficiency despite all their experience with its actual performance.

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