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    Sales Tax Silliness

    Good to see reliable Bruce Bartlett knock the air out of Denny Haslert’s absurd national sales tax trial balloon. Bruce notes the numbers flim-flam that is at the heart of national sales tax proposals, and that makes clear we’d never end up with a sales tax replacement for the…
    Locker Room contributor, August 9, 2004
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    Bill Bloodies Krugman

    I’m not a Bill O’Reilly fan, but I happened to catch the end of his visit to Tim Russert’s CNBC program this weekend, where O’Reilly debated liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. I must say, O’Reilly thoroughly, unreservedly, and appropriately hammered Krugman on subjects from A to Z, which…
    Locker Room contributor, August 9, 2004
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    California Overhaul?

    John Fund of the Wall Street Journal speculates today about what California Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar is contemplating after finally figuring out that he has an uncooperative legislature. The state’s ballot initiative process presents the governor with almost limitless ideas to go to citizens with what he wants, because…
    Locker Room contributor, August 9, 2004
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    Re: Higher Education Gets the Ax

    We hear this argument all the time from pseudo-economists like Madrick and spokespeople for the higher education establishment: We need to invest more in college education for our young people. Fact number one about this alleged need is that almost every young American who is remotely qualified to attend college…
    Locker Room contributor, August 6, 2004
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    Re: Sowell on the leftist vocabulary

    Sowell’s article that George highlighted provides several current example of socialist Newspeak and their adroitness at being able to “turn reality upside down” by euphemism. One of the terms Sowell mentioned was “swamp.” As Sowell wrote, Swamps were messy, sometimes smelly, places where mosquitoes bred and sometimes snakes lurked. The…
    Locker Room contributor, August 6, 2004
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    “Why Higher Learning Gets the Ax”

    That’s the title of this New York Times (subscriber site) op-ed, by Jeff Madrick, author of Why Economies Grow. The article leads with this contestable assertion: “To economists, higher education is like motherhood or apple pie. It will cure just about anything, from globalization and outsourcing to technological change…
    Locker Room contributor, August 6, 2004
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    Thomas Sowell on the political abuse of language

    An excellent, razor-sharp column. Too bad that Sowell doesn’t do public stuff any more. I’d love to see him dissect Kerry and Edwards speeches for TV.
    Locker Room contributor, August 6, 2004
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    Lez Be Fair About This

    Imagine that…changing the rules at the National Scrabble Championship just to accommodate a television broadcast. I wonder if “honky,” “whitey,” or “homophobe” were banned.
    Locker Room contributor, August 6, 2004