Monthly Archives: April 2014

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

reading 2014 04 30

Two Tier Health System The Growth Deficit The Real Inequality Problem

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Redistribution Doesn’t Bring Prosperity

Mona Charen writes in The National Review, The Abandoned Poor: Now, how is the class to whom the president so frequently panders doing? Jeffrey Anderson of The Weekly Standard looked at Census Bureau data and found that typical American household income has not…

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Policy Without Consequences

David Goldman writes Why Liberals Don’t Care About Consequences in Pajama Media: Excerpt: Why don’t liberals seem to notice the catastrophic consequences of their policies, and why to they imagine imminent horrors where none exist? If you corner a liberal…

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The Great Divergence

From Scott Grannis at his blog, Calafia Beach Pundit Taking the measure of the our discontent: Excerpt: If one thing stands out in these charts, it is the abruptness and the severity and the persistence of the divergence from long-term…

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Piketty’s Questionable Data

From Michael Barone at National Review- Equality at the Expense of Prosperity: But is his picture of current trends complete? The Manhattan Institute’s Scott Winship points out that relying, as Piketty does, on tax returns for the U.S. statistics means…

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Liberal Oligarchs

from the Wall Street Journal- Rate that Oligarch This latest Saul Alinsky tactic got us thinking about who really qualifies as an American oligarch. If the definition is someone who becomes rich by association with government power and policies, and then assists…

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Post Holocaust Anti-Semitism

Jeff Jacoby writes in the Boston Globe, Amid Holocaust remembrance, antisemitism adapts and thrives. Excerpt: Where anti-Semitism is gaining market share today is not among those who yell “Heil Hitler” or demonize Jews as Christ-killers. The oldest and most protean…

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Subsidized Lethargy

Alan Reynolds writes Demand-Side Policy Gave Us the Big Economic Fizzle in The Wall Street Journal. Excerpt: Demand-side economists focus on incentives to borrow and spend. Supply-side economists focus on incentives to work, save, invest and launch new businesses. Demand-side…

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Why Is This Hatred Different from All Other Hatreds?

by Henry Oliner The commemoration of the holocaust during Yom Hashoah tries to understand a tragedy that defies human comprehension. Some organizations proposing to fight anti-Semitism tend to descend into the mission creep of fighting hatred in general. It is…

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The Other Kochs

Matthew Continetti writes in The National Review Online Oligarchy in the 21st Century Excerpts: If the business editors of the Times were aware of the irony of lamenting the political influence of great wealth on one half of their page while handling…

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Worthless Jobs

Kevin Williamson writes Welcome to the Paradise of the Real in The National Review Online.  It is a bit long but quite worthy of the time to read it in its entirety. Excerpts: Mr. Carrillo’s intellectual failure is catastrophic, but it is…

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Schools Matter

  Mona Charen writes in National Review What Sotomayor Gets Wrong . Excerpts: Sotomayor’s argument rests entirely on a fallacy — that lowering admission standards for certain minority applicants is the only possible response to concerns about racial and ethnic…

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The Thomas Piketty Reader

From Stephen Moore at Investor’s Business Daily, The Left’s Advice Would Bring A Second Great Depression: One oddity of the current economic debate is that the more Barack Obama’s incompetent income-redistribution policies have failed, the more the left calls for…

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Measuring Reality

Kevin Williamson writes Welcome to the Paradise of the Real in The National Review Online.  It is a bit long but quite worthy of the time to read it in its entirety. Excerpts: With economic models, we are a little…

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Modern Monopolies

from The Sultan Knish, Daniel Greenfield: Government Power is an Economic Inequality HMO’s were created by the government. Banks fed off Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s subsidized mortgages like vultures. Do we really need to go into insurance companies, defense contractors or Sallie…

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we have much more in common with one another than we dare to realize.

Economist Mark Perry writes in his blog Carpe Diem, Evidence shows significant mobility in income and affluence – 73% of Americans will be in ‘top 20%’ for at least a year: Excerpts: quoted from Mark Rank from the New York Times,…

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Reading 2014 04 23

Chicago’s Vanishing Middle Class Piketty’s Tax Hikes Won’t Help the Middle Class  

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Ethnic Identity vs the Law

The editors of The National Review comment on the  Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action ruling in Half a Win on Racial Discrimination: Excerpt: In a perfectly Orwellian dissenting opinion, which she read dramatically from the bench, Justice Sotomayor argued…

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