Couldn’t help thinking of the following clip from Star Wars when I saw the latest mortality calculator from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They claim to have found a way to keep people from dying — and to be able to show you on a snazzy internet calculator.
The RWJ people — and their hapless followers in the media — have determined after minutes and minutes of deep thought, that simply raising taxes will set their great plans into action. Funny how their mandate for getting more people some education sounds so much like the federal plan to print more dollar bills so everyone will have running around money.
Oh, here is a link to their life-saving calculator. Too bad there is nothing in there about raising educational standards, making assessments more useful, or controlling wasteful spending by the bureaucracy.