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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Hatred vs. Anger in Political Argument

Having heard the President’s call for civil discourse in Tucson, I rouse myself from blogging torpor to propose an explanation of why the entire back-and-forth over our impolitic politics is both endless and pointless. It advances no coherent point because … Continue reading

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