Monthly Archives: January 2014

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

The Cost of Acting without Understanding

From Investor’s Business Daily Why Do The Uninsured Hate ObamaCare? Incredibly, more than twice as many uninsured say they’re worse off because of ObamaCare than say it’s helped. What’s more, just 7% of the uninsured say they tried to get coverage through…

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Amnesty for a Voting Block

Roger Simon at PJ Media makes A Modest Proposal for Immigration Reform Excerpt: So here’s my simple — call it simple-minded, if you want — solution, my modest proposal.  Illegal immigrants, assuming they have lived here for a decent period…

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Shedding Light on the Minimum Wage

from Scott Grannis at Calafia Beach Pundit,  Minimum Wage Factoids. Excerpts: But don’t take my word for it, just look at the facts as calculated by the BLS, in their Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers 2012: In 2012, 75.3 million workers…

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Reading 2014 01 30

http://bostonherald.com/business/healthcare/2014/01/cutbacks_harsh_medicine

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Ignorance and Arrogance

From Victor Davis Hanson, The Death of the Humanities, at Defining Ideas. Excerpts: A final irony was that classical liberal education—despite the fashionable critique that it had never been disinterested—for a century was largely apolitical. Odysseus was critiqued as everyman,…

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The Cause of Inequality

from Jeff Jacoby in Townhall, Income Gap? Not Many are Obsessed Excerpts: How many shared Obama’s view that the gap between rich and poor is the issue that should concern us most? Four percent. Obsessing over other people’s riches isn’t…

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Inequality and Privilege

Mickey Kaus writes in the Wall Street Journal, The Other Kind of Inequality.  (may require a paid subscription to enact link) Excerpt: Social equality—”equality of respect,” as economist Noah Smith puts it—is harder to measure than money inequality. But the…

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Sacrificing the Trust of the Governed

From National Review Online, Jeffery Singer writes The ACA: A Train Wreck and a Lie. Excerpts: Before 1996, if you purchased individual health insurance through a broker, you would have been offered a “guaranteed renewability” option. This would guarantee that…

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The Tyranny of the Single Standard

“Those who would argue today that we must have a single standard of education, a single standard of health insurance, or even a single standard for settling legal disputes are making precisely the same error Queen Elizabeth made, and in…

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reading 2014 01 26

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304149404579326912314534816?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop   http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2014/01/26/the-ten-worst-u-s-purveyors-of-antisemitism-3-thomas-friedman/?singlepage=true   http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/fritzpfister/2014/01/27/if-unemployment-is-67-shouldnt-we-have-a-housing-boom-n1785108        

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The New Intelligence

From Daniel Greenfield in his blog Sultan Knish,  The Left is too Smart to Fail. Excerpts: But what is “smart” anyway? What makes Obama a genius? It’s not his IQ. It’s probably not his grades or we would have seen them…

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Managing People Rather than Data

From The Weekly Standard, No Statistics, No Mischief, A modest proposal for the new Fed chairman,  by Andrew Ferguson. Excerpts: John Cowperthwaite. The name is familiar to economic historians, academics in postcolonial studies, specialists in the tax policy of the Far…

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A Dead Cat Bounce in Lending ?

There is a pickup in bank lending, but I remain skeptical about the recovery. I do not see a collapse ensuring, I just am not yet nearly convinced that the recovery will quickly strengthen. First there is a difference between…

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Funding the Enemy

“The alliances and relationships formed between public officials and private interests may at first seem counter-intuitive. A company may give more campaign money to a potentially hostile legislator than to a friendly one, in order to forestall trouble. For example,…

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Why They Sell The Robb Report At Walmart

from Kevin Williamson in National Review , The Working Rich: Wealth transfers — inheritances and gifts combined — constitute a small part of the holdings of the rich, whether you define “rich” in terms of income or net worth. For…

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The Rich and Obama

Daniel Greenfield writes The Poverty of Inequality in Sultan Knish. Excerpts: Even if we assume that income inequality, rather than the standard of living, is the issue to focus on, the worst possible way to achieve it is through more centralization. Free…

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How We Breed Political Corruption

***** Jay Cost writes in The Weekly Standard  The Real Price of Politics. Excerpts:  If the government were asked to do only what a fair reading of the Constitution authorizes it to do, this design would not be a problem.…

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Daniel Greenfield writes And This is Revolution in his excellent blog, Sultan Knish, 1/14/13. Excerpt:

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Positioned for Access

“Sometimes it is not even necessary for the revolving door to revolve in order for someone to make money. After Barack Obama was elected to the Senate in 2004, his wife’s salary at the University of Chicago Medical Center jumped…

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Ignoring Common Sense Economics in Health Care

It seems that too often in the course of rash political solutions common sense economic thinking just gets ignored. In order for the health care risk market to perform as needed the system needs many young people to sign up…

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