Improving Society and Policy

From Jim: Fixing housing, health, and education.

The fundamental problem is the misallocation of public resources.

Replace costly, time-consuming diplomas with SATs, Wondericks, and other IQ-like proxies, to signal competence. Employers realize that GPAs are becoming diluted due to grade inflation. This also explains why there is a push by the left to make these standardized tests easier, making them less useful for identifying exceptional talent. But in some instances, IQ-like tests are allowed is the employer can disprove disparate impact by showing that the test is sufficiently applicable to the job, but this is often very costly for the employer. eliminating such litigation would help job-seekers and employers.

The fed govt. should refuse to provide student loans to those those are unlikely to graduate, using IQ tests as a form of means testing. Students with IQs below 110-115 are much more likely to drop-out, fail, or major in low-ROI subjects, wasting the money. The proliferation of student loans is a contributing factor to both credentialism and spiraling college costs.

Stop wasting so much money on special education, and focus more resources on the top 5%, who are, statistically speaking, more likely to contribute to the economy and technology than the bottom 5%, yet the bottom gets vastly more funding.

How about more funding to create the next Teslas, Ubers, and Facebooks, and less on low-ROI programs like disability and welfare. As the federal govt. fritters away money, billionaires are funding technology initiatives, which is a good argument for lower taxes to spur innovation and creativity.

Related:

Helping America’s Gifted Poor
Reviving the American Dream with ‘Purple Policies’
Purple Policies, Part 2

Healthcare? Ration by IQ for expensive procedures when payment is not an options; advocate euthanasia for costly incurable diseases when payment is not an option. For example, the organ donor list should be prioritized by IQ, all else being equal. 5% of patients are consuming 50-80% of healthcare resources, typically for rare diseases and end-of-life care, which is a big waste. If you’re a multi-millionaire and can afford costly end-of-life care and or experimental treatments that are unlikely to work, fine, pay for it out of your own pocket, but taxpayers should not.

Related: Affordable Housing, Healthcare, & Tuition: Putting Things in Perspective

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