February 16, 2015 at 9:17 pm
It's been the snowiest month on record here in Boston, which for me was a chance to curl up in front of the computer and re-read some of the climate-change coverage in the New York Times, which is almost as funny, in a dark way, as the 40th anniversary program of "Saturday Night Live." This is the topic of my column this week; please check it out at the New York Sun (here) and Reason (here).
February 15, 2015 at 10:11 pm
Gretchen Morgenson has a pretty good column in Sunday's Times about how the government is asserting presidential privilege to try to keep secret the records of its deliberations over seizing the profits of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac:
February 11, 2015 at 9:40 pm
The Authors Guild (of which I used to be a member until President Obama effectively shut down its ability to offer health insurance to authors) and the group Authors United have been pressing the Justice Department to take antitrust action against Amazon.com. Now it looks like there's a possibility that Amazon may face some additional competition in the free market, without any government action.
Jet.com, a site that plans to compete with Amazon in the online shopping space, has raised a reported $220 million pre-launch for its site, which is promising the lowest prices on the web to shoppers who pay a $50 annual membership fee. The idea, the founder told Re/Code, is to do to Amazon what Costco did to Walmart.
February 11, 2015 at 11:38 am
The New York Times reports:
This seems to be a recurring problem, and is a wonderful (or horrible, depending on how you look at it) example of the rule that it is the regulation that creates the opportunity for the corruption. One reason to be for smaller government is that it would be more honest, because there would be fewer opportunities for shakedowns.
Some background on past problems:
February 9, 2015 at 9:46 pm
In my column this week, I suggest some questions for Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith to ask Obama in their sit-down interview. Please check the column out at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).
February 9, 2015 at 8:42 am
For a graphic representation of the difference between private property ownership and government ownership, it's hard to do much better than this photograph I took yesterday, which you might call "where the sidewalk ends."
February 9, 2015 at 12:11 am
The Sacramento Bee has a sad postscript to the scandal at the California state pension fund, Calpers — a report of the apparent suicide of a former Calpers board member, Alfred Villalobos, at a Reno, Nevada shooting range. Reports the Bee:
Thanks to reader-participant-community member-watchdog-content co-creator J. for sending the tip.
February 6, 2015 at 12:27 pm
David Frum, himself an immigrant from Canada, made a recent appearance on the Laura Ingraham show in which he faults Jeb Bush for talking about the advantages of immigration to America. Said Mr. Frum:
February 4, 2015 at 3:45 pm
Americans for Tax Reform says that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will owe both income tax and gift tax on the Chevy that he won as Super Bowl MVP and that he says he will give to a teammate. The taxes, the group said, will be about $18,500, or more than half the value of the truck.
February 4, 2015 at 12:30 pm
The latest installment in the "Conversations With Bill Kristol" series is an interview with Frederick W. Kagan, who talks about his work at the American Enterprise Institute with the U.S military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Kagan, a Yale graduate who taught at West Point, had this to say about the differences between those institutions:
February 4, 2015 at 10:51 am
Don't underestimate Jeb Bush is the point I've been making here, and Governor Bush is making me look sagacious with a humdinger of a speech today at the Detroit Economic Club that seems to really grasp the substance of the economic issues in a way that I find both encouraging and refreshing. Some excerpts from the remarks as prepared for delivery:
February 3, 2015 at 10:42 am
Lawrence Summers, the former Harvard president and Treasury secretary, has a lively op-ed in the Crimson on the subject of Harvard, Israel, and how educational institutions should conduct themselves:
February 2, 2015 at 10:38 pm
The most influential figure in the Republican presidential contest just may be a Democrat who died more than 50 years ago, John F. Kennedy. So begins my column this week. Please check it out at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).
February 2, 2015 at 10:16 am
When Andrew Sullivan announced he is retiring from blogging, Zocalo Public Square asked me for a piece on whether blogging is dead. You can check the article with my answer out here.
January 30, 2015 at 11:51 am
In the New York Times Book Review over the weekend, the American Enterprise Institute's James Pethokoukis wrote a negative review of James Grant's book The Forgotten Depression. Mr. Pethokoukis wrote:
Steven Rattner, of all people, has a very shrewd response to Mr. Pethokoukis's point (though neither Mr. Pethokoukis nor Jim Grant is mentioned in Mr Rattner's article). Mr. Rattner rejects the stimulus versus austerity debate as overly simplistic. He writes:
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