Podcast #78: 6-12 Years in Prison for an Amish Farmer

Last week in The Daily Beast, Jordan Reimschisel shared the story of an Amish farmer in Kentucky, sentenced to prison for producing and selling herbal skin cream without the government’s permission.

He joins us today on the podcast to tell how this happened and what comes next.

Follow Jordan on Twitte@JTReimschisel and Young Voices @YVADV and Stephen @Stephen_Kent89

To Boost Income Mobility, Reform Our Bail System – THE FEDERALIST

ast month, senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act to encourage states to reform their bail systems. Beyond shrinking our overly expanded incarcerated population, bail reform would boost the United States’ stagnating income mobility by reforming a system that traps the poor in poverty.

Upward mobility has stalled. According to Stanford Professor of Economics Raj Chetty, “social mobility is low and has been for at least thirty or forty years.” Of those born into the bottom income quintile, more than a third remain there as adults. However, progressives who blame the free market misdiagnose the problem. A 50-state analysis found that in more economically free states—those with fewer labor regulations and smaller governments—the wealth of the poor rises more quickly than the wealth of the rich, because freer markets produce more opportunity for everyone. The problem is that government policies like steep bail hamstring low-income individuals’ efforts to advance.

Read the rest at: The Federalist

An underrated factor in millennial homebuying: Dogs – WASHINGTON EXAMINER

According to a new SunTrust poll, one-third of millennial homeowners say their decision to buy a home was affected by their desire for more space for their dog. Of millennials surveyed, 66 percent cited more living space, 36 percent cared about building equity, and about 25 percent wanted a home due to getting married. About 33 percent were focused on providing a better standard of living for their dogs.

At first glance, this could be construed as yet another rite of passage millennials are ruining––more millennials care about their dogs than getting married, or the birth of a child?

Read the rest at: Washington Examiner