Karen Palasek


Posts by Karen Palasek

  • Policymakers’ reliance on credit ratings

    A recent column by Deven Sharma, president of Standard & Poor’s in the Financial Times raises the question of what the appropriate role of independent credit ratings should be in  policy making. Specifically, should policymakers rely mostly or exclusively on credit ratings to determine policy choices and direction? According to…
    Karen Palasek, July 29, 2011
  • Coastal Policy redux

    This morning’s Raleigh News and Observer offered an opinion piece co-authored by Prof. Rob Young of Western Carolina University and Prof. Orin Pilkey of Duke University. Longtime CJ online readers and Shaftesbury luncheon attendees will  recall that Professor Young  visited the John Locke Foundation’s offices back in 2008, to…
    Karen Palasek, June 20, 2011
  • Murdoch’s mother calls for carbon tax

    Gotta love this report from JunkScience.com. Seems the 102-year-old lady favors carbon taxes on– basically –all things associated with continuing to live. Not a little bit self-righteous, and certainly not likely to be much of a burden on her going forward, is it?…
    Karen Palasek, June 16, 2011
  • Florence says Fuggetaboutit to Jersey Shore

    In a much much more refined manner, that is. Cultural officials in Florence, Italy have thus far refused the producers and cast of Jersey Shore any TV filming access to the city’s splendid museums and other public places. Seems they don’t speak the same Italian language in Jersey as…
    Karen Palasek, June 2, 2011
  • Public Schools and Supermarkets

    Don Boudreaux’s opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal is excellent and thought provoking. It is especially powerful in that any consumer can easily visualize the condition into which we would all be cast if grocery stores were operated like our public schools are operated. Don brings home…
    Karen Palasek, May 6, 2011
  • Herding cats

    I must take some issue with today’s Daily Journal. Can’t herd cats?  I maintain that it is entirely possible to herd cats. I do it daily—on a domestic scale. But as big cat handlers will tell you (along with this small cat handler of four fun,…
    Karen Palasek, March 30, 2011
  • The Price of Taxing the Rich

    The price of taxing the rich? According to this Wall Street Journal article, the wealthiest segment of society has the most volatile income, so politicians who rely on taxing them to fund their social and political dream projects can wind up diving headlong into a budget nightmare. The…
    Karen Palasek, March 29, 2011