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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Beware of ‘Comprehensive’ Anything

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Before envisioning dramatic change, the Roman emperor Augustus is said to have warned, "Make haste slowly." . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Raise the Age

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Whenever I've talked to college audiences over the last 10 years, I've told them that the biggest domestic political issue for the whole rest of their adult lives is likely to be spending on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

For a sixth grader

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Thomas Friedman writes in the New York Times: Of the festivals of nonsense that periodically overtake American politics, surely the silliest is the argument that because Washington is having a particularly snowy winter it proves that climate change is a hoax and, therefore, we need not bother with all this girly-man stuff like renewable energy, solar panels and carbon taxes. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The Left's Top 25 Journalists

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Daily Beast
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

From Jane Hamsher and Ezra Klein to Kos and Krugman, Tunku Varadarajan counts down the most influential left-wing journalists in the country. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Where Did Our Real Wealth Go?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Economists have given us all the usual diagnoses of what went wrong in a now bankrupt Greece — high taxes, tax cheating, too generous retirements, unsustainable entitlements, government corruption, and anemic demography. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Should We Believe Rashad Hussain?

by Daniel Pipesvia Corner (National Review Online)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Rashad Hussain, Barack Obama’s special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, has run into a problem: He appears to be an Islamist. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The Tragic Truth of War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What we dare not say: Killing the enemy brings victory. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The Great Stimulus Hoax

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

David Leonhardt writes in the New York Times: Just look at the outside evaluations of the stimulus. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

We need judges to investigate our spies, not spies to berate our judges

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

To keep us safe and free, a new government must set up a judicial inquiry into the entanglements of our secret services. . . .

Interviews
Interviews

Economic Rap Anthem: Fear the Boom and the Bust

with Russell Robertsvia Pajamas Media
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Glenn Reynolds talks to Russ Roberts about popular economic literacy and the epic rap music video he created with John Papola starring two economic gangstas: John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek. . . .

Interviews

Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations

with Russell Robertsvia C-Span2 Book TV
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Samuel Fleischacker and Russell Roberts talked about The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. . . .

In the News
In the News

Hong Kong's Exemplary Tax System

with Robert E. Hall, Alvin Rabushkavia Forbes
Thursday, February 18, 2010

What the world can learn from this bastion of big business, low taxes and low public spending. . . .

In the News

Fed Officials Set Goal of ‘Eventual’ Exit From Housing Finance

with John B. Taylorvia Bloomberg
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Federal Reserve officials set a long-term goal to keep only U.S. government securities in their portfolio as they debated how and when to pull back on the most aggressive monetary policy in U.S. history. . . .

In the News

Business and the Media with Rupert Murdoch: Chapter 4 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Rupert Murdoch weighs in on capitalism, China, Google, and more. . . .

In the News

Bye-bye, Bayh

with Morris P. Fiorinavia Free-Lance Star (VA)
Thursday, February 18, 2010

SEN. EVAN BAYH, D-Ind., dropped a bombshell in Washington when he announced on Monday that he would not run for re-election. . . .

In the News

Charter Schools Enter Uncharted Waters

with Caroline M. Hoxby, Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia Gotham Gazette
Thursday, February 18, 2010

They stood under the scaffolding outside PS 188, the Island School, separated by a narrow walkway and strongly held viewpoints. . . .

In the News

Can The Republicans Reconcile Their Factions?

with Michael J. Petrillivia Raleigh Telegram (NC)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

In this opinion piece, Telegram columnist Dr. Robert Moore takes a look at how the Republican Party is fragmented and what their strategies may include over the short run as they try to pull together different factions. . . .

In the News

Gov. Bobby Jindal's autobiography, 'On Solid Ground,' available for presale

with Peter Schweizervia New Orleans Times-Picayune
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Although it is five months from publication, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's co-authored autobiography and political treatise has gone on sale for advance copies with a working title and an ambitious promise to provide a "bold vision for renewing the GOP and our nation." . . .

In the News

Report: Why do some schools have few poor students?

with Michael J. Petrillivia Cincinnati Enquirer
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

About 1.7 million students attend public schools that are exclusive like private schools, a national report claims. . . .

In the News

Stiff party competition, modest salaries good for state government, Stanford researcher says

with Thad Kousservia Stanford Report
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

When a state legislature is not dominated by one party, and the salaries are modest, legislators waste less time on bills that benefit only their own districts, according to researchers at Stanford and the University of Rochester. . . .

In the News

The real meaning of Obama’s unpopularity

with Douglas Riversvia Chicago Tribune
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

When a president suffers a sharp decline in popularity early in his term, it seems safe to conclude he has badly misjudged the mood of the electorate, pushed the wrong policies and set himself on the path to becoming a one-term president. . . .

In the News

Heavyweights Duke it Out Over the Deficit

with Niall Fergusonvia Atlantic
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

There's good reason everyone's talking about what to make of the projected record-breaking $1.6 trillion budget deficit. . . .

In the News

Iranian Nuclear Program Could Spark Major Regional Arms Race, Nunn Says

with William J. Perry, George P. Shultzvia Global Security Newswire
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) said that Iran's nuclear efforts could lead to a major atomic arms race in the Middle East, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday (see GSN, Feb. 12). . . .

In the News

Did the Stimulus Save Us?

with Robert J. Barrovia Atlantic
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I'm watching Obama claim that it is "largely thanks to the Recovery Act" that the recession didn't become a depression. . . .

In the News

New Prize Created for Contributions to Economic Policy

with Gary S. Becker, John Shoven, George P. Shultzvia PR Newswire
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) is pleased to announce the creation of a new prize for contributions to economic policy. . . .

In the News

Has Partisanship Really Gotten So Bad On Hill? Yes

with Morris P. Fiorinavia NPR
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh says his stunning decision not to seek a third term was prompted by the partisanship that has gripped the nation's capital, stunting progress on the country's most pressing issues. . . .