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Say the really serious people. And they continue, “the point is to change it.” How’s that for reporting the news? Read the piece. Don’t you think they’d get bored parroting the same “points” time and again? Here’s a shocker – maybe: 1) People don’t care nearly as much about “inequality” as the wonks do 2) […]

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Good Thing the War Ended

America’s Great Leap Forward? One thing that has always caused me mental contortions is to read posters like this, or exhortations to buy local and such … and in the next minute hearing exhortations to embrace and celebrate diversity. However before you agree strongly with me, there is a lot of truth to the idea […]

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Maybe we will take such a principle seriously when it is consistently applied – such as to when the government regulates market activity, or in how much power to entrust to the politicos in the first place. But of course as Obama Administration official Cass Sunstein smartly recognizes: The precautionary principle has been highly influential […]

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Somehow …

After reading yet another indictment about the glorious behavior of our “do-gooders” in DC, I just do not believe for one second that the Lois Lerner e-mails went missing. Call me crazy, but for an organization that hunts folks down because their TurboTax forgets to claim 8 cents of income, and for one that surely […]

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From Tim Harford’s The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: Almost one in ten of China’s richest one thousand people sits in the National People’s Congress – a body of almost 3,000 lawmakers. Their average net worth is four times the average net worth of the richest politicians in the United States Congress, despite the fact that the […]

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You might remember the 2012 campaign trail when the Commander in Speech uttered, “You didn’t build that.” OK, so maybe that was out of context, and he didn’t really mean what his critics thinks he meant. Fine. Let’s assume the charitable version of his point – that even private enterprise “requires a village” and that it is […]

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I’ll try not to get my readers into the weeds on this question, but I would like to summarize it and make a larger point. First the larger point: this is a real argument. This is to be taken seriously. Waldman is doing here what I though college and academia and serious discussion was supposed […]

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Next week is election day. If you did not know about it, that is because yo’re not supposed to know about it. We hold our annual school district elections on their own day in the spring. I am sure if you were to ask why they are held in the spring and not on the day we […]

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Riddle Me This

Over at Wonkblog today they are bleating the infrastructure canard again. Two points, without dissecting the whole thing. 1. Can someone, somewhere, who is actually a real journalist, show us how much of the highway trust fund has been siphoned off for non-highway related stuff? How much of this has been funneled to municipal and […]

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The emperor indeed has no clothes and it’s apparently a feature of the argument, not a bug: Barry Ritholtz: U.S. on Highway to Flunking Out, by Barry Ritholtz: Roads are crumbling, bridges are collapsing, and what was once considered one of the greatest achievements of any government anywhere has fallen into embarrassing disrepair. I am of course discussing our […]

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