Friday, October 9, 2009

2009 No. 4

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What the Stimulus Will Really Stimulate

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

It’s really a headlong tumble into debt and greater government control. By Edward P. Lazear.

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An Unclear and Present Danger

by Kenneth E. Scott, John B. Taylorvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Why are toxic assets so hard to clean up? Partly because they’re so hard to understand. By Kenneth E. Scott and John B. Taylor.

Back to the Future on Markets

by Terry Anderson, Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

There are actually some policy changes that will work and won’t cost a fortune. By Terry L. Anderson and Richard Sousa.

Tea for You

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Fans of limited government have taken their lumps lately, and unfortunately, one “tea party” does not a revolution make. By Richard A. Epstein.

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Making Room for Burke and Hume

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Why shouldn’t American universities give conservative ideas their due? By Peter Berkowitz.

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Preschool Can’t Do It All

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Visions of universal preschool only distract us from urgent educational needs. By Chester E. Finn Jr.

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What’s Wrong with Merit Pay?

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

It will probably reward test prep instead of real learning. By Diane Ravitch.

Treating the Extreme as the Norm

by Christopher Hitchensvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

In its own way, Guantánamo has been rather accommodating to Islamist radicals. So has the president. By Christopher Hitchens.

Information That Saved Lives

by Marc Thiessenvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

CIA memos indicate that harsh interrogation methods did foil terrorist attacks. By Marc A. Thiessen.

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From Parks to Pork

by Terry Anderson, Reed Watsonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Two million more acres have been swallowed up under strict federal use restrictions, stoking the power of the “park barrel.” By Terry L. Anderson and Reed Watson.

Patent Patience

by F. Scott Kieff, Kevin Rivettevia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Courts have wrought big changes in the patent system. Now Congress and the White House need to let the system settle. By F. Scott Kieff and Kevin Rivette.

Portrait of a Travesty

by David Davenportvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

How “international law” invites a Spanish judge to pursue U.S. officials. By David Davenport.

Many, Many Ounces of Prevention

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

The staggering cost of another great pandemic justifies a lot of expensive preparation now. By Gary S. Becker.

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A Shot in the Dark

by Henry I. Millervia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

The swine flu brouhaha has not given world health officials their finest hour. By Henry I. Miller.

Getting Serious about the Flu

by Robert J. Barro, Jose F. Ursuavia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

When they strike, pandemics sicken not just people but whole economies. By Robert J. Barro and Jose F. Ursua.

Dr. Friedman’s Remedy

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Milton Friedman diagnosed the problems of America’s health care system years ago. The good doctor also foretold that a genuine cure would come only in small doses. By Peter Robinson.

Cancel the Code Blue

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Ready for restricted access to doctors, therapies, and care? Most patients say no. Yet this is what Obama Care is in a big hurry to deliver. By Scott W. Atlas.

Practice on Malpractice

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Malpractice litigation is a clumsy, vastly expensive, self-feeding system. Want to reform health care? Start here. By Richard A. Epstein.

How Governor Schwarzenegger of California lost a rich opportunity

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by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

How Governor Schwarzenegger of California lost a rich opportunity. By Bill Whalen.

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This Familiar Battleground

by Lieutenant General H. R. McMastervia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Policy makers, in their haste to forget the Vietnam War, also forgot to learn from it. By H. R. McMaster.

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Voices against the Mullahs

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Maybe democracy never had a chance in the Iranian presidential elections, but the people of Iran still do. By Abbas Milani.

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Separation Anxiety

by Ken Jowittvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Russia today is neither autocratic nor democratic, communist nor Western. What is it? In a word: Putin. By Ken Jowitt.

The Limits of the Welfare State

by Patrick Chamorelvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Despite the economic storm, European voters refuse to let the traditional left take the wheel. By Patrick Chamorel.

Forced Fairness

by Robert Zelnickvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

As it browbeats law schools into accepting affirmative action, the American Bar Association appears to be breaking the law. By Robert Zelnick.

Affirmative Distraction

by Shelby Steelevia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

How the language of discrimination hurts blacks. By Shelby Steele.

How to Liberate Learning

via Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Online learning is technology whose time has come. Hoover fellow Terry M. Moe talks about the future with fellow Eric A. Hanushek.

Who Is a European?

via Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

There are simple, intuitive answers, but the deeper response is still evolving, says Hoover fellow Timothy Garton Ash.

The Housing Boom and Bust

via Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Hoover fellow Thomas Sowell contemplates the greatest expansion of government power in a generation.

Reagan’s Secret War

by Martin Anderson, Annelise Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

This president played against type, pursuing a low-profile crusade to avoid nuclear Armageddon. An excerpt from a new book by Hoover fellows Martin and Annelise Anderson.

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Idealism Derailed

by Philip Bobbittvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

A portrait of the late Robert S. McNamara. By Philip Bobbitt.

The Power of the Ought

by George P. Shultzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Having a vision for the future—and being held accountable for it. By George P. Shultz.

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War and Peace: Clash of the Nobels

by Bertrand M. Patenaudevia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

The controversy over President Obama’s peace award is nothing new. The history of the prize has been anything but peaceful. By Bertrand M. Patenaude.