Monthly Archives: February 2014

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Unlimited Power from Limited Government

Jay Cost writes The Real Price of Politics in The Weekly Standard. Excerpts: Too often, debate over what government should do takes place in the abstract. But the particulars of the American system are relevant. Our government was never meant…

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Is too Much Information Antithetical to Knowledge?

From The Wall Street Journal Book Review: ‘The Power of Knowledge,’ by Jeremy Black The review is by Roger Kimball Excerpt: Although deeply grounded in history from the Middle Ages on down, this book also conjures with contemporary issues. Some…

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Wednesday Morning 2014 02 26

This kind of activity is not illegal but it smacks of corruption and cronyism: Obama appointee subsidizes electric bus company, then goes to work for it   Imagine the coverage if a Republican said this: Florida Democrat: Without Immigration Reform,…

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A Ruthless Concentration of Power

another home run from The Sultan Knish, Daniel Greenfield: Government Power is an Economic Inequality Excerpts: The liberal defenders of government power attack concentrations of wealth, but in the true concentration of wealth is not found in the hands of…

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Incentives to Manipulate

From The Hoover Institute- An Impasse on Climate Change – by Gary D. Libecap What is the underlying problem that makes these annual Conference of Party meetings so unsuccessful? There are four major obstacles. One is extreme scientific uncertainty about GHG emissions,…

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Monday Night 2014 02 24

Why We Lost the War on Poverty   Congress & America’s Diverging Priorities   Similarly, immigration reform, gun policy, and government surveillance join the environment as “low priority” issues that have garnered intense Congressional debate in recent years. Issues that…

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Why Is This Bill (ACA) Different?

From The Weekly Standard A Slight Case of Bastardy The curious and irregular conception of Obamacare by Noemie Emery Excerpts: There are written rules that make an act legal, and unwritten ones that make it legitimate, and it is the…

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Soviet Capitalism

“This was all the more regrettable because, in a crony capitalist system, the huge gains of the few really do come at the expense of the many. There was an irony here. Perhaps Marx had been right all along! It…

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Sunday Reading 2014 02 22

from the WSJ-  Niall Ferguson: America’s Global Retreat: Excerpt: The scale of the strategic U.S. failure is best seen in the statistics for total fatalities in the region the Bush administration called the “Greater Middle East”—essentially the swath of mainly Muslim countries…

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A Government Problem

Daniel Greenfield writes The Poverty of Inequality in Sultan Knish. Excerpts: The left does hate people who work for a living. The poster child for its childish screeds is Elizabeth Warren, a populist voice of the people who spent three-quarters of a million on…

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Destroying Political Trust

“Delta Airlines, you might have noticed, does not run negative TV ads about USAir. It does not show pictures of the crash of USAir Flight 427, with a voice-over saying: “USAir, airline of death. Going to Pittsburgh? Fly Delta instead.”…

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Monday Night 2014 02 17

From the Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens: Climate Prophets and Profiteers: It is now the dogma of the left that any hint of doubt when it comes to predictions of climate doom is evidence of greed, stupidity, moral turpitude or…

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Science- The Method vs The Institution

From Faith in Science by Glenn Reynolds in the New York Post: Excerpts: In fact, given that Americans have grown broadly more skeptical of institutions in general, it’s not surprising that conservatives are more skeptical of scientific institutions than they…

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Sunday Night 2014 02 16

Volkswagen’s Union Defeat So it’s nothing short of remarkable that the union couldn’t make the sale. The failure reflects how well the plant’s workers are doing without a union, to the tune of $27 an hour including benefits. The defeat…

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The Opposite of Equality Before the Law

From Daniel Greenfield’s excellent blog, Sultan Knish, The Inequality of Access: Excerpts: When government is big, then true inequality is not of wealth, but of political access. Money can buy you access, or as the recently released Orlando Findlayter discovered,…

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Capitalism and Envy

Bret Stephens writes in the Wall Street Journal Obama’s Envy Problem. Excerpts: The moral greatness of capitalism rests in the fact that it is the only economic system where one person’s gain can be another’s also—where Steve Jobs‘s billions are his shareholders’…

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The Economic Problem

A post by Todd Zywicki at The Volokh Conspiracy gives a nice summary of Hayek’s position and distinguishes between the Welfare state and central economic planning. Dionne vs Hayek. Excerpt: Hayek did not believe that “if you begin with welfare…

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Nanny State Medicine

From the Wall Street Journa; Victoria McEvoy writes Why ‘Metrics’ Overload is Bad Medicine. Excerpts: ‘Quality” has been the buzzword in health care for a decade, but the worthy goal is driving health-care providers to distraction. All stakeholders—insurers, patients, hospital…

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The Quality of Government

From Kevin Williamson at The National Review, A Deeper Naganism. Excerpts: But there is a critical variable that is at least partly within the direct control of government: the quality of government. The quality of government — its honesty, competence,…

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Reading 2014 02 13

Will liberals remember Obama as the man who killed liberalism? High Risk Pools before Obamacare  A Supply Side Revival FCC and Newsroom Editorial Practice   a true liberal should be outraged!

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