Daily Archives: October 17, 2012

More Green Car Woes

It’s not every day that I get to blog about something I read in Car and Driver, but there’s a great article today about A123, a major manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.  They’ve filed for bankruptcy after 14 straight quarters of losses, and no one’s quite sure what impact that’s goingContinue Reading

Jennifer Gratz on Fisher and the battle against racial preferences

In today’s Pope Center Clarion Call, Jennifer Gratz, the successful plaintiff in the case against the University of Michigan’s undergraduate admission policy that amounted to a racial quota system, writes about the recently argued Fisher case. She argues that the Court should admit its mistakes in the Grutter decision (where Justice O’Connor swallowed the university’sContinue Reading

The ethics of debate coverage

If you were looking for Associated Press coverage of yesterday’s gubernatorial debate, you won’t find it: The Associated Press didn’t cover the second debate Tuesday evening in Research Triangle Park because the sponsor didn’t allow text reporters or still photographers inside the studio while the debate was taking place. The AP determined the restrictions violateContinue Reading

Walter Williams exposes nonsense surrounding discussions of poverty

Walter Williams devotes his latest column to an exploration of some of the rhetoric associated with discussions about poverty. There’s nothing intellectually challenging or unusual about poverty. For most of mankind’s existence, his most optimistic scenario was to be able to eke out enough to subsist for another day. Poverty has been mankind’s standard fareContinue Reading

Cato’s Tanner documents the impact of policies punishing entrepreneurs

Think all the concern about higher taxes and increased regulation is overblown? Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute begs to differ. He devotes his latest National Review Online column to the direct impact of policies that punish entrepreneurs. It seems appropriate that in the same week that Atlas Shrugged premiered at the movies, Westgate ResortsContinue Reading

Latest dispatches from the campaign trail, October 17, 2012

• Money check. 8th District congressional candidates Rep. Larry Kissell (D) and Richard Hudson (R) are basically even, at around $1.2 million raised. In the 9th District, Republican Robert Pittenger has raked in six times as much money as Democrat Jennifer Roberts; Pittenger has collected more than $3 million.   • Your honor … CampbellContinue Reading

If you despair that young people just don’t get it …

… perhaps you ought to consider the data Paul Conway of Generation Opportunity has compiled about the impact of the poor economy on young adults’ approach to politics and major life decisions. Or you could watch any of the recent videos below from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation. HT: Dan Mitchell

Beware the ‘balanced approach’

When we hear pleas for a “balanced approach” to addressing the federal government’s fiscal crisis, we ought to hear alarm bells. That’s the message Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute is sending to those who take comfort in the notion of “balancing” spending cuts and tax increases. Obama’s other rhetorical trick is to claim heContinue Reading