|Social Security Reform ||He's big on school reform, tort reform, Social Security reform ("a no-brainer"). --National Review, March 28, 2005 ||Right-wing/financial industry effort to turn Social Security into a giant 401(k) program. ||United States ||The president, the financial-services industry, right-wing think tanks. || |
Actually, a multifaceted policy debate in which all sides make valid points.
|Dead, for now. |
|Slots || "It should be a no-brainer. For some reason, it hasn't been. The people demand it." --Maryland Gazette (Glen Burnie), Jan. 26, 2005 (see also Jan. 8, April 7, May 1, and Sept. 5, 2003; plus Sept. 27, 2002) ||Big-money battle in which various gambling interests, legal and otherwise, jockey for advantage against moral absolutists and social scientists familiar with addiction patterns and their costs. ||Maryland (and everywhere else, where it usually passes). ||Horse-racing industry people, gamblers, slot-machine makers, some homeowners. || |
To the degree that term means "easy consensus," um, no.
Loser. But hope springs eternal.
|Ecotourism; "Chesapeake National Water Trail" ||"We believe in ecotourism. Particularly in Maryland, it's a no-brainer." --The Capital (Annapolis), Dec. 17, 2004 ||"Ecotourism" is the name the tourism industry had given to five-star-priced vacation packages built around no-star hotel accommodations; "Chesapeake National Water Trail" would be a sort of "Appalachian Trail, but on the water," according to The Capital. ||Maryland, Virginia. ||No one, but apparently few others have heard of it. || |
Arguably, but then if you have to argue . . .
Winner! In August, President Bush signed bill to fund a "feasibility study" for the trail.
|Chickadee Checkoff || "The Chickadee Checkoff is a no-brainer. It's one of the easiest ways imaginable to help protect the bay." --Maryland Gazette, March 15, 2003 || Begun in Maine in the early 1980s, the "chickadee checkoff" (also known as the "non-game checkoff") is a box on the state income-tax form allowing people to donate to the state's wildlife conservation fund. ||32 states have it. ||No one, but environmental types seem to like it. || |
Qualifies as a no-brainer to anyone who doesn't think state income taxes themselves are unconstitutional.
Winner! Maryland has had it since 1988.
|Hiring Chip DiPaula as state budget secretary ||Giving the job to DiPaula, a guy who knew nothing about the budget, was a no-brainer, he says. --The Sun, Jan. 26, 2003 ||Ehrlich named his campaign manager Chip DiPaula budget chief in 2003 even though DiPaula had little budgetary experience. DiPaula stepped aside in June 2005 to become Ehrlich's chief of staff. || |
The governor's inner circle.
No one needs to.
Who would tell the boss otherwise?
Winner! Budget picture improved, and DiPaula did not disgrace himself.