May 17, 2013 at 11:41 am
An essay by the former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, about focusing the conservative movement on growth and opportunity is now up online:
May 17, 2013 at 7:16 am
NPR takes an extended, skeptical, and very well done look at the disability benefits system:
May 14, 2013 at 8:46 am
Libertarian law professor Richard Epstein's column this week is about the difficulties in implementing ObamaCare. He writes:
May 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm
The commencement speech members of the Class of 2013 probably won't hear, but that I wish had been given when I graduated, is the topic of my column this week. Please check it out at Reason here and at Newsmax here.
May 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm
The chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan, gave the Irving Kristol Lecture at the American Enterprise Institute May 8. AEI has now posted Mr. Ryan's remarks as prepared for delivery, and they are worth a look for those interested in the question of the post-2012 direction of the Republican Party or the conservative movement. The talk is titled "Conservatism and Community."
May 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm
An economist at Ohio State University, Richard Vedder, has an article up at Bloomberg View about how to tell if a college president is overpaid.
The New York Times has some numbers, including the $984,647 that the president of Ball State University earned.
May 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm
Sometimes what drives legislation in Washington is not partisanship or principle but just constituent service.
An example appears to be the Citrus Disease Research and Development Trust Fund Act of 2013. The New York Times has a glancing mention of it in an above-the-fold front-page news article today headlined "Citrus Disease With No Cure is Ravaging Florida's Groves."
The Senate bill is introduced by Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida, and co-sponsored by Senators Boxer and Feinstein, Democrats of California. The House bill is sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Republican, and co-sponsored by 21 Democrats and 19 Republicans — all from the citrus-growing states of Texas, California, Florida, and Arizona.
May 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm
How's this for an Associated Press/Washington Post headline: "IRS apologizes for inappropriately targeting conservative political groups in 2012 election."
Well, at least they apologized. It will be interesting to see if they will reimburse the groups for the legal and accounting and other costs of complying with the inappropriate scrutiny. Somehow I doubt it.
May 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Clive Crook's Bloomberg view column criticizing Paul Krugman, which we excerpted and linked earlier here, has elicited a ferocious response, including one from a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, Brad DeLong, who, as Mr. Crook summarizes the matter in a follow-up column, posted an item that "exemplifies the intemperance I'm addressing. He illustrates it with a picture of a clown. He also wants me fired. 'Bloomberg has some house-cleaning to do,' he says -- charming, and from a tenured academic, to boot."
May 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm
A New York Times dispatch on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual costume gala reports:
It will be interesting to see whether Mayor Bloomberg and his administration come down as hard on the Met as they would on a small business that showed similar disregard for the city's anti-tobacco regulations. If the Museum gets away with no consequences, it sure looks like a double standard.
May 8, 2013 at 10:27 am
From a New York Times article about the fall-off in recent performance by the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers:
I'm not a big fan of anonymous sources, but this line made me chuckle. The ranks of those who "really believed green tech was going to be the next big technology wave" included not only Kleiner Perkins but also President Obama and lots of other investors both private and governmental. There were plenty of journalists, too. That the Times can now admit in a front-of-the-business-section news article that this view was incorrect is a big deal.
That's not to say that no one made any money on this stuff, or to say that no one ever will. But it wasn't as easy or as sure a thing as it seemed at the time.
May 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm
"No matter how hard they try to intimidate us," the chairman of the Manhattan Institute, Paul Singer, said last night, "we will not back down."
The event was the Institute's annual Alexander Hamilton Dinner in Midtown Manhattan. Those attempting the intimidating were identified by Mr. Singer generally as defenders of the status quo, but given the context of a recent American Federation of Teachers report that put money managers whose personnel donated to the Manhattan Institute on a "watch list," it wasn't hard to imagine what he meant.
No backing down at all was evident in the remarks of the two main speakers at the event, Invemed CEO Kenneth Langone and the former governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour.
Said Mr. Langone, who was honored at the event with the Alexander Hamilton Award: "We need to hold our teachers accountable....They are being paid a fortune and very frankly the results aren't there....We are not getting the results from our teachers for what we are paying."
May 7, 2013 at 8:23 am
Libertarian law professor Richard Epstein's latest column is up at the Hoover Institution's Defining Ideas website. In it, he writes about the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh in which hundreds of workers were killed:
May 6, 2013 at 5:17 pm
The Plausibility Plague — the problem of pundits assuring readers that some outcome is impossible — is the topic of my column this week:
May 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm
The recent opening ceremonies for the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas were a reminder of, among other things, the outsize influence the Lone Star State has had on the rest of America.
Texas gave the United States not only George W. Bush and his father George H.W. Bush, but also Lyndon Johnson, Sam Rayburn, Phil Gramm, Tom DeLay, and Ron Paul. The computer company Dell is based there, as is Whole Foods Market. Texas's abortion laws and a Texas plaintiff who opposed them gave rise to the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade.
Erica Greider reminds us of all this in her new book Big, Hot, Cheap and Right: What American Can Learn From The Strange Genius of Texas. She has an eye not just for the historically significant fact but also for the telling cultural detail — she mentions a Fort Worth restaurant that listed a chicken-fried steak on its menu as "on the lighter side," and a Houston plastic surgeon who had his home swimming pool built in the shape of an augmented breast.
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