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Category Archive for 'Government Gone Wild'
One of the things that “anti-ACA” analysts worried about with the new law was that it would open the door to regulating all manner of areas of our lives that not even the staunchest supporters of the law ever intended or ever imagined it would lead to. Here is an episode confirming these concerns. After decades […]
That headline is not intended to be sarcastic. It turns out that Dr. Hansen has recruited children to sue the federal government and its many agencies because it has permitted global warming to continue to threaten the future. Again, saying nothing about global warming, I think my readers should be me reminded that this sort […]
On p. 359 of Cadillac Desert: Another drawback was that the reservoir would drown an Indian Reservation and the town of Covelo — population two thousand — but that sort of thing had been done many times before. (The Corps had included the flooding of the reservation in its benefit-cost analysis, but had it down as […]
From another passage in Cadillac Desert (p 351, I updated the dollar figures to today), on a dud-project known as the Peripheral Canal: “the correct figure, for capital costs only and accepting official estimates, is certainly in excess of $3 billion.” Three billion dollars in 1959 is over $24 billion today. What state would vote for a […]
As a once-sensible economist I supported a “revenue neutral carbon tax” as one major prong of global warming strategy. The simple idea is that such a program would qualify as “No Regrets.” If CO2 turns out to be really bad, then the tax assures that we’ve properly considered those damages in our day to day […]
Among the many disasters that Prohibition wrought (and continues to bring in the form of the current Drug War) it seems it is largely responsible for wiretapping. This again from Last Call: When he was Attorney General (wintercow: Lord Jeff alum) Harlan Fiske Stone had declared that Justice Department personnel (including members of J. Edgar Hoover’s brand-new […]
Our governor here in NY touts (righly, if I might say so) the benefits of the explosion of craft brewing in New York State. We have said time and time again that New York produces some of the best craft beverages anywhere, and this report backs up exactly why we are focusing on growing these […]
Here’s a piece of advice for reading the economic “news”: if you see a headline that says, “such and such will fall by $X,” you are safe to completely ignore it. Nowhere is up = down, left=right, blue=red than when it comes to economics reporting. Here is the latest: Federal spending is likely to fall $8 trillion […]
As we’ve said here many times, we are NOT permitted to speak freely and honestly about race and the current state of affairs in America, But please allow me the following: Will the guilt-ridden and angry people of all stripes please spell out for me what someone like me is supposed to do. I am told […]