Daily Archives: October 26, 2011

The economy in haiku

The Economist notes that the Kauffman Foundation joined economics and literature in their latest questionnaire on the economy. THE KAUFFMAN FOUNDATION conducts a quarterly survey of economics bloggers (you can see the third quarter results here). It tends to focus on current economic conditions and policy questions, but the fourth quarter questionnaire contained something a little different:Continue Reading

Central banking isn’t essential; it’s a bad idea

Economist Richard Rahn makes that argument in this piece published yesterday. People who think they are economic sophisticates scoff at the idea that a nation could have a prosperous, advancing economy without the “help” of a central bank. They’re mistaken. Central banking does not enable economic growth, which occurs because people invest where they seeContinue Reading

Cape Fear HS shooting: More questions than answers

We still do not know why a Cape Fear High School student shot Catilyn Abercrombie.  Fayetteville Observer editors outline a number of possible explanations, Was 15-year-old Catilyn Abercrombie shot on purpose? Was the shooting, whether intentional or accidental, gang-related? How did a weapon go unnoticed? How could a school resource officer have failed to spotContinue Reading

For progressives there is a single standard–the ends justifies the means

The headline in Phillp Klein’s “Beltway Confidential” article from today’s Washington Examiner is “Sebelius Shifting Stance on Privacy.” The article points out that: As governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius cited privacy concerns in opposing the release of documents sought during an investigation into criminal wrongdoing at state abortion clinics. Yet now, as Secretary of HealthContinue Reading

An interesting silence in the Pope-bashing campaign

Jane Mayer of The New Yorker has had plenty to say about conservative philanthropist Art Pope. Except for now. John Hinderaker explains for the “Powerline” blog. Mayer is a dishonest partisan, so she suppressed all inconvenient facts. Mayer has a blog at the New Yorker. On October 12, she posted a breathless follow-up to herContinue Reading

And a Rutgers professor gets one wrong

Don Boudreaux takes apart a foolish NYT piece by a Rutgers prof. Too bad that many academics make fools of themselves by pontificating on things they don’t understand. Editor, The New York Times 620 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10018 Dear Editor: James Livingston rightly proclaims “the moral worth of consumer culture” and correctly notesContinue Reading

The “Ohio Farmer” gets one wrong

While I almost always agree with the Ohio Farmer, I have to quibble with a part of his latest post. He states: The 13 original states were never separate, independent countries with complete authority over their domestic and foreign affairs. Really!  What were the “states” between the time after the Declaration of Independence was signedContinue Reading

Glaeser: Education is a panacea

Edward Glaeser, an economics professor at Harvard University and Bloomberg View columnist, America to educate itself to prosperity!  For Glaeser, it all starts with politicians in Washington, That message should be a perfect fit for Republicans – the U.S. becomes smarter through competition and hard work. Years of research have taught us that teacher qualityContinue Reading