Daily Archives: July 26, 2012

Let’s hope UNC doesn’t lure this prof away from Wisconsin

This article is (largely) about a professor at the University of Wisconsin who conducts an evidently very politicized course in which he tells students that “the welfare state must rise up and control the free market.” This is about as blatant a case of using education to saturate students in personal opinions rather than teachingContinue Reading

Latest dispatches from the campaign trail, July 26, 2012

• The latest Civitas Poll gives Pat McCrory a 10-point lead over Walter Dalton in the governor’s race, with Barbara Howe a distant third.   • The Dalton campaign starts a group, Educators for Dalton, that is dominated by leaders of the teachers union.   • Via Twitter, Jonathan Kappler of the NC FreeEnterprise FoundationContinue Reading

Break the link between employment and health insurance

In today’s Freeman column, Professor Steve Horwitz argues that the key to improving our medical care system is to break the link between employment and health insurance. That historical accident (employers started offering such insurance during World War II as a means of evading wage controls) has had a terrible distorting effect. Horwitz argues thatContinue Reading

Reducing the deficit: a “balanced” approach won’t cut it

In his recent speech in Roanoke, Virginia, President Obama has once again renewed his commitment to a balanced approach to shrinking the federal government’s fiscal deficit. So I’m going to reduce the deficit in a balanced way. We’ve already made a trillion dollars’ worth of cuts. We can make another trillion or trillion-two, and whatContinue Reading

Forbes columnist decries the Roberts ruling’s impact on the rule of law

Author Bill Flax doesn’t label U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts a clever wimp, but he does warn Forbes readers about the damage Roberts’ recent health care ruling inflicted upon the rule of law. The brake on this zooming locomotive called government should be the rule of law. Western civilization’s signature achievement was not democracy butContinue Reading

Another unwanted addition to China’s punch bowl

Those who foresee China’s eventual economic triumph over the United States might want to read the latest Forbes column from Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister of Singapore. It decries the long-term impact of China’s government-mandated one-child policy. More than 20 of China’s top demographers, sociologists and economists have submitted petitions to the government advocatingContinue Reading

Forbes pans a proposed U.N. ‘wealth tax’

Writing for the latest Forbes magazine, Steve Forbes offers the following assessment of a United Nations scheme to levy a 1 percent wealth tax on everyone with a net worth exceeding $1 billion. Such an “intriguing” idea would raise revenues to help the world’s poor. Baloney. Such an exaction would damage the world’s economy, whichContinue Reading

Lileks tackles the serious question: Which presidential candidate would voters trust most to deal with an alien invasion?

Believe it or not, that question did not spring from James Lileks‘ imagination. His latest “Athwart” column in National Review notes that USA Today highlighted a recent National Geographic survey that found President Obama trumped Mitt Romney 65-35 in the alien invasion department. Treating the news with the seriousness it deserved, Lileks searched for anContinue Reading