Hoover Daily Report
Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Auto-Pilot Government Reform?

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

As a former Sacramento Bee columnist and LA/NY Times reporter Dan Weintraub knows a thing or two about how California ticks. So it comes as no surprise that he’s come up with a great idea for Governor-elect Brown: fix California’s DMV...

Analysis and Commentary

Deficit Reduction

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Another deficit reduction commission has now made its recommendations. My own recommendation for dealing with deficits would include stopping the appointment of deficit reduction commissions...

Analysis and Commentary

Obama foreshadowed: More LBJ than FDR

by Morton Kellervia Philadelphia Inquirer
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The majority view is not that Obama has impressively confronted the nation's problems, à la FDR, but that, like LBJ, he has stretched his electoral remit into suspect and unpopular policy realms...

Analysis and Commentary

Oklahomans Say No to Sharia

by Daniel Pipesvia National Review Online
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The state is right to prohibit judges from citing the Sharia in their rulings...

Analysis and Commentary

U.S. Government: Too Big To Succeed?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Forbes.com Blogs
Monday, November 15, 2010

At this point, the only confident prediction is that Bowles/Simpson will be crushed on the political rocks, as it would even if they had presented us with the Sermon on the Mount, which they didn’t...

Analysis and Commentary

The Costly Freedom to Sue

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Room for Debate (New York Times)
Monday, November 15, 2010

The newly expanding practice of litigation finance is rich in pitfalls and promises...

Analysis and Commentary

Reform Realism Redux

by Chester E. Finn Jr. with Michael J. Petrillivia National Journal Expert Blog: Education
Monday, November 15, 2010

Not long after the 2008 election, Mike Petrilli and I penned an "open letter" to the new powers that be in Washington...Fourteen months later, the White House released an Obama/Duncan "blueprint" for ESEA reauthorization that begin with something of a "reform realist" perspective...

Analysis and Commentary

Abolish the TSA

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, November 15, 2010

Art Carden has an excellent article on Forbes.com in which he advocates abolishing the TSA. I give a segment on this in my econ class when I discuss, at length, Hayek's "The Use of Knowledge in Society." How does Hayek's article apply...?

Analysis and Commentary

Eric Holder’s Surprise

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, November 15, 2010

This article in GQ has generated a fair bit of unfavorable buzz about Attorney General Eric Holder. The article is, in my judgment, rather unfair–both to Holder and to the Bush administration folks who preceded him...

Analysis and Commentary

Thoughts on Rep. McKeon’s Speech

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, November 15, 2010

...[V]ices of [this speech by Republican Rep. Buck McKeon] include its laughably unfair analysis of current American policy, one that does not auger well for a strong working relationship with the administration on counterterrorism issues...

Analysis and Commentary

Dead Souls

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Millions of us shuffle around, sighing that most of what we hear pounded into our brains is either banal or as untrue as it is dangerous to identify it as such. So we ignore it, we the dead souls who live in the world of unmentionable thoughts...

Interviews
Interviews

Deficit Commission Calls For Defense Budget Cuts

with Kori Schakevia Talk of the Nation (NPR)
Monday, November 15, 2010

The Pentagon's budget has doubled since September 11, and a growing number of Republicans are joining the calls for cuts. Several newly-elected conservatives say the budget deficit is so large that they're open to slashing the Defense department budget to reduce the debt...

Interviews

Calomiris Interview on Fed

with Charles Calomirisvia Bloomberg Television
Monday, November 15, 2010

Charles Calomiris, a professor at Columbia Business School, discusses his decision to sign an open letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke criticizing the central bank's expansion of monetary stimulus...

Interviews

Bill Whalen on the John Batchelor Show

with Bill Whalenvia John Batchelor Show
Monday, November 15, 2010

GUESTS: Bill Whalen, Hoover; John Avlon, The Daily Beast; Taegan Goddard, PoliticalWire.com; David Drucker, Roll Call...

Interviews

Fouad Ajami on the John Batchelor Show

with Fouad Ajamivia John Batchelor Show
Sunday, November 14, 2010

GUESTS: Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and Larry Johnson, No Quarter blog, Fouad Ajami, Arif Rafiq, Pakistan Policy review...

Interviews

What Will Fix Our Ailing Economy? Solutions from George Shultz

with George P. Shultzvia Fareed Zakaria GPS (CNN)
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fareed discusses President Obama's visit to Asia. Plus, an interview with former Secretary of State George Shultz...

Interviews

Social Security Cuts Among Recommendations of Debt Cmsn

with Charles Blahousvia Happening Now (Fox News)
Friday, November 12, 2010

President Obama’s bipartisan debt commission is suggesting that cuts in social security are necessary to bring down the country’s spiraling debt. Chuck Blahous, author of “Social Security: The Unfinished Work,” joined Happening Now with reaction...

In the News