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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The coming debt debacle: Top economist says President Obama must slash spending, now

by John B. Taylorvia Daily News (NY)
Monday, August 31, 2009

New federal budget numbers released last week by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) ought to be a game-changer for Congress and the Obama administration...

Analysis and Commentary

More Regulation of Mortgages would Likely Hurt Consumers

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, August 30, 2009

No doubt many consumers made mistakes in their credit decisions during the past few years, perhaps especially in the mortgages they chose...

Analysis and Commentary

Dr. Ouelett on Canada's Medicare

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, August 30, 2009

Early this morning (PDT), C-SPAN carried an interesting interview and call-in show with Dr. Ouelett, outgoing president of the Canadian Medical Association...

Analysis and Commentary

'Senator High And Mighty'

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Forbes
Saturday, August 29, 2009

By now almost everyone has weighed in on the legacy of Sen. Ted Kennedy, who passed away this week after a year-long struggle with a cancerous brain tumor...

Analysis and Commentary

Native Americans and the Public Option

by Terry Andersonvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, August 28, 2009

Montana Sen. Max Baucus, a leading architect of national health-care reform, visited the Flathead Indian Reservation near Pablo, Mont., in May, and he was confronted with a surprising critique...

Analysis and Commentary

How American Health Care Killed My Father

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, August 28, 2009

Not my father: David Goldhill's father...

Analysis and Commentary

Principled policy more than just mindless dogma

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Friday, August 28, 2009

Paul Krugman, the Princeton Nobel Laureate economist and regular pundit at The New York Times, along with other contemporary defenders of mercantilism - the idea that the state is the most suitable agent for making economic decisions in society - are fundamentally opposed to a principled public policy that rests on the renunciation of coercion among human beings...

Analysis and Commentary

Influence of Economists in Education?

by Williamson M. Evers with Eric Hanushekvia Ed Policy
Thursday, August 27, 2009

The September/October 2009 issue of the Harvard Education Letter has an article by David McKay Wilson entitled "The Invisible Hand in Education Policy" on the role of economists in analyzing and proposing education policy...

Analysis and Commentary

Stanley H. Kaplan: Pioneer Educational Entrepreneur

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Goldie Blumenstyk published on Aug. 25 an obituary in the Chronicle of Higher Education for Stanley H. Kaplan, who founded a pioneering SAT tutoring enterprise...

Analysis and Commentary

Explaining in terms of External Causes? Thomas Sowell on the Blame Game

by Williamson M. Evers with Thomas Sowellvia Ed Policy
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

In his column today (Aug. 25), Thomas Sowell says that people see the world through a mind-set and that part of that mind-set is that when looking for an explanation of problems, we should look for external forces...

Interviews
Interviews

The education reform debate

with Diane Ravitchvia Public Radio International
Friday, August 28, 2009

The public school system was established as a crucial part of our nation's democracy -- whether rich or poor, American children are granted the same opportunity to learn and succeed, making public education the great equalizer...

In the News
In the News

“Obama Effect” Strongly Influences Public Attitudes on Controversial Education Topics, According to Education Next–PEPG 2009 National Survey

with Education Next, Paul E. Petersonvia Business Wire
Monday, August 31, 2009

President Barack Obama has the potential to be an extremely influential opinion maker on controversial education policy issues, according to findings from the 2009 national survey on American attitudes about public education by Education Next and the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) at Harvard University...

In the News

GOP Principles with Thaddeus McCotter: Chapter 1 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 31, 2009

Why has the GOP stumbled in the new century?...

In the News

Munger on Cultural Norms

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, August 31, 2009

Michael Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about cultural norms--the subtle signals we send to each other in our daily interactions...

In the News

Voting until they get it right in the European Union

with Timothy Garton Ashvia Washington Examiner
Monday, August 31, 2009

When it comes to the European Union, any vote to increase authority in Brussels is viewed as final...

In the News

Marriage: What Matters

with Gary S. Beckervia National Review
Monday, August 31, 2009

Fifteen years ago, in his first book, Dead Right, David Frum identified several challenges facing Republicans...

In the News

Insurance games

with Hoover Institutionvia Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ecclesiastes teaches us that "the race is not always won by the swiftest, the battle is not always won by the strongest, prosperity does not always belong to those who are the wisest, wealth does not always belong to those who are the most discerning, nor does success always come to those with the most knowledge."...

In the News

Worldview: With strife in Iran, U.S. should put brakes on applying pressure

with Abbas Milanivia Philadelphia Inquirer
Sunday, August 30, 2009

The September deadline set by President Obama for Iran to restart talks about its nuclear program is rapidly approaching...

In the News

Ahmadinejad's Power May Be Slipping

with Abbas Milanivia KCBS (CA)
Saturday, August 29, 2009

A local expert said Saturday that he believes remarks made this week by the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad show that the Iranian president's grip on power may be rapidly slipping...

In the News

Kennedy's Secret Soviet Overture Against Reagan

with Peter M. Robinsonvia NewsMax
Saturday, August 29, 2009

President Ronald Reagan and Sen. Ted Kennedy were good friends, according to Nancy Reagan...

In the News

A New Assignment: Pick Books You Like

with Diane Ravitchvia New York Times
Saturday, August 29, 2009

For years Lorrie McNeill loved teaching “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the Harper Lee classic that many Americans regard as a literary rite of passage...

In the News

Ahmadinejad Urges Prosecution of Political Rivals

with Abbas Milanivia New York Times
Friday, August 28, 2009

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at his chief political rivals on Friday, calling on judiciary officials to “decisively” and “mercilessly” prosecute them for challenging the legitimacy of his electoral victory and tarnishing the image of the state...

In the News

Beach Reading for Mr. Obama

with Education Nextvia Washington Post
Friday, August 28, 2009

PRESIDENT OBAMA reportedly has a hefty reading list while vacationing this week, but we would like to offer two additions, both hot off the presses...

In the News

What is Ahmadinejad up to?

with Abbas Milanivia Foreign Policy
Friday, August 28, 2009

The President begs to differ with the Ayatollah:...