Reason Alert: Jeb Bush Interview

Plus Americans saving money instead of spending and deadly SWAT raids

- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Reforming Education 

- Consumers Ignore the Fed's Call to Spend Money

- Family of Virginia Optometrist Killed by a SWAT Team Finally Gets Some Closure

- Arizona Shootings

- Government and Politics

- New Videos

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Reforming Education
As governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, Jeb Bush championed school choice. His first year in office he created a program that offered vouchers to students in failing schools. The program successfully boosted student achievement until it was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2006. Two other Bush-supported programs -- one that offers tax credits to business that help send low-income kids to private schools and another that gives vouchers to disabled students -- survived the high-court ruling. Bush also expanded the Florida Virtual School, a national model for online public education. Since leaving office, Bush has promoted his reform agenda in other states. He founded the Foundation for Excellence in Education and serves as co-chair of the Digital Learning Council.'s Nick Gillespie sat down with Bush at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, D.C., to talk about how information technology can help break the education monopoly. Intervew with Joe Klein, Former Chancellor of New York City's Department of Education
Consumers Ignore the Fed's Call to Spend Money
Reason magazine's Tim Cavanaugh writes, "It's hard to overstate the direness of American household finances. While the 9.4 percent unemployment rate gets all the attention, the real story is Americans' massive loss of wealth. Federal Reserve data show U.S. household net worth at $53.5 trillion-more than $5 trillion below where it was in 2007, although we're told the recession ended more than 18 months ago. As house prices continue to slide (and are expected to keep falling throughout this year), Americans are seeing a steady depletion of what is for most people their highest-ticket asset. They're also seeing a steady decline in the equity portion of their homes, which has been in almost constant decline since 1983 (when homeowners had about 70 percent equity) and last month fell to an abysmal 42 percent. (Homeowners' equity portion was as high as 80 percent in the 1950s.)"
Family of Virginia Optometrist Killed by a SWAT Team Finally Gets Some Closure
"Last week The Washington Post reported that Sal Culosi's parents have reached a $2 million settlement with Fairfax County, Virginia, police Detective Deval Bullock, who shot and killed the 38-year-old optometrist during a January 2006 SWAT raid on his home. The unusual settlement reflects the outrageous facts of this case, in which an unarmed man suspected of nothing more than betting on sports was recklessly gunned down during an unnecessarily violent operation. The SWAT team came to Culosi's house because another Fairfax County detective, David Baucum, overheard him and some friends wagering on a college football game at a bar...On the night of January 24, 2006, Baucum called Culosi and arranged a time to drop by to collect his winnings. When Culosi, barefoot and clad in a T-shirt and jeans, stepped out of his house to meet the man he thought was a friend, the SWAT team moved in. Moments later, Bullock, who had had been on duty since 4 a.m. and hadn't slept in 17 hours, killed him. Culosi's last words: 'Dude, what are you doing?'" - Reason magazine's Radley Balko goes on to describe how the police department avoids transparency and accountability and says, "After five years of battling stubborn public officials, an obfuscatory police bureaucracy, and a legal system designed to make it as difficult as possible to hold the government accountable, Sal and Anita Culosi should finally allow themselves to exhale. As much as anyone can in a case like this, they have found the justice they've been seeking."
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The War on Cameras
Arizona Shootings
Why Should Public Opinion About Gun Control Change After a Shooting Rampage?
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Jesse Walker: Unpacking Jared Lee Loughner
Jacob Sullum: Looking for Loughners
Government and Politics
Stossel: It's time for the GOP to walk the walk
Taxpayers on the Hook for High-Speed Rail
Citizens United Turns One Year Old! Are We Better, Worse Off?
The Essential Yet Limited Role of Money in Politics
Labor's Last Stand
'Cars, After All, Are Not Like Health Care'
Ronald Bailey: The Science of Libertarian Morality
New Videos
What Happened to the Antiwar Movement?
Damon Root Discusses Public Pension Spending with Judge Napolitano on Freedom Watch
Nick Gillespie Talks GOP Spending Cuts on Fox Business
Matt Welch Discusses President Obama's New Regulatory Re-Think on Varney & Co.
Matt Welch Talks with Judge Napolitano About Post-Tucson Proposals to Limit Liberties
Matt Welch Discusses Health Care, Regulation, and Tiger-Mother Parenting with Slate's Timothy Noah
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