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Today marks the pinnacle of pathetic pandering in NYS as “we” head to the polls to annoint the latest power-mad, megalomaniacal people with our blessings of awesomeness. In that spirit, check out these 10 core principles from the “Bern’s” website:   AS PRESIDENT, SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS WILL REDUCE INCOME AND WEALTH INEQUALITY BY: Increasing the […]

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3rd Grade Brainwashing

This is what they are teaching my son in the third grade.  I want some new running shoes and hiking gear. So, I have a little extra money set aside to pay for that, that is a tax? I challenged my son this morning to change ONE word to the definition so that it may more accurately […]

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Go short on Universities – notice what has happened to the likelihood of finding a mate on campus. So, we now know that students study far less than they use to. We know that grades are being inflated. We know that students are leaving less prepared for the modern workplace. And now you don’t even […]

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I think I have stumbled upon a way to teach comparative advantage to those otherwise predisposed not to understand it, or to simply reject it because their tribal affiliations suggest they are supposed to. The beautiful insights from the basic Ricardian setup lead one to conclude that while Wintercow is surely the least intelligent economist […]

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Score another one for the importance of peer effects (in crime). Again, where is the cognitive dissonance when it comes to neighborhood based government schooling? Question for readers: do you think if we eliminated the neighborhood restrictions on schooling that the government schools would end up less segregated (not just by race by other socio-economic […]

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This is the blog equivalent of drunk dialing, I had promised myself not to do this. Let’s talk this out. There is perhaps no sector in the U.S. economy that is more comprehensively controlled by the government than schooling. I suppose you might say National Defense, but given the large amount of expenditures that are […]

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Surprising Sentence(s)

From this new paper: Lastly, having long-term care insurance has no independent effect on the probability of ending up on Medicaid   Perhaps this one is not surprising to regular readers, but certainly would be to laypersons: Thus, contrary to the predictions of various efficiency wage models of employee behavior (including gift-exchange, reciprocity, and reduced […]

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Here is Coyote’s take on the intellectual environment on college campuses, and the recent “news” at Yale (I copied his entire post below): Via Reason, but the story is all over After giving Holloway his comeuppance, they moved on to Nicholas Christakis, master of Silliman College. What was Christakis’s crime? His wife, an early childhood […]

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Does this mean that I should PAY the U of R for the privilege of working here? Our contributions seem to be negative.  (type in Rochester in the search box) At least my alma mater is sort of average.

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The Holy Zero

Lots of you have been asking what I think of a program to provide “free” or “near free” college tuition to Americans. While I wouild not place such a policy in the rarefied air of things like Cash for Clunkers and Rent Control laws, it is certainly on a hot air baloon making its way […]

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