Author Archives: sandymchoots

“The Economist” Lands Out of Bounds

Even the best golfer takes the occasional inexplicably bad swing at a perfectly teed-up ball when his concentration lapses.  Humans being all too fallible, similar lapses mar many other of our ventures, a recent case in point being The Economist‘s enthusiastic citation … Continue reading

Posted in trenchant observations | Leave a comment

Support Your Local Union, Not Your Union Local

Professor N. Gregory Mankiw points his readers to a brief interview with his colleague Richard Freeman on the topic of labor unions, on which subject Prof. Freeman is a recognized authority. The good professor believes that unions accomplish two desirable ends. … Continue reading

Posted in trenchant observations | Leave a comment

Washington’s Deficit Attention Disorder: The Real Fiscal Illusion

Tyler Cowen’s latest New York Times column proposes to explain the frightening state of the federal government’s finances as a manifestation of “fiscal illusion,” a term used generally to describe a supposed inability of taxpayers to discern the full extent … Continue reading

Posted in peeves, trenchant observations | 1 Comment

Solidarity Forever

Your humble correspondent is utterly shocked to discover that ultra-rich Arianna Huffington has amassed her enormous fortune through the complete exploitation of her labor force, many of whom are paid nothing at all, enabling this malefactrix of great wealth to … Continue reading

Posted in announcements of unlikely import | Leave a comment

Blue-State Economics

The City of San Francisco, always at or near the forefront of social engineering, offers its residents cash payments of $125 to $200 for installing “low-flow” toilets (1.28 gallons per flush as opposed to the federal standard of 1.6 gpf) … Continue reading

Posted in peeves, trenchant observations | Leave a comment

Koch:Krugman :: Moriarty:Holmes

Have you found yourself wondering lately about those mysterious and suddenly much-discussed Koch Brothers? Wonder no more. Your humble correspondent has performed a background check on one of those brothers, David Koch, and found him to be wily indeed. Trained … Continue reading

Posted in announcements of unlikely import, trenchant observations | Leave a comment

Who Pays for Public Employees’ Benefits?

Forbes, shamelessly chumming the waters of the internet with link bait, currently hosts a blog post working another variation on the eternal “lying Republicans” theme. The claim this time is that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is either a liar or … Continue reading

Posted in trenchant observations | Leave a comment