August 11, 2014 at 10:06 pm
If President Obama got out and explored Martha's Vineyard with his eyes open, he could get a real education in some of the policy issues that his administration and the country as a whole are struggling to deal with. That's the topic of my column this week — please check it out at Newsmax (here) or Reason (here).
August 11, 2014 at 9:59 pm
Maine state health officials have given Reilly Harvey, the woman who operates a boat-based business selling brownies and lobsters, a temporary reprieve from requirements that would have shut her down for the season, the Portland Press Herald reports:
August 11, 2014 at 3:50 pm
William Kristol has an excellent new series of video interviews (including Elliott Abrams' anecdote about George W. Bush hunting flies in the Oval Office with an old-fashioned flyswatter while on secure teleconferences with foreign leaders). The latest one is with Yuval Levin. Some highlights of Mr. Levin's comments:
August 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm
There's a pretty interesting blog post here on the wide variations in the prices quoted and charged for MRI scans in California:How much should you pay?
Plenty of other service providers negotiate discounts for individual clients. But the whole situation is a reminder of how hard it is for the government to cost health care cost inflation overall, or the health care part of the consumer price index. Which of the many prices should the government track?
August 8, 2014 at 7:43 am
On Wednesday, the food section of the Portland (Maine) Press Herald ran a friendly profile of a woman, Reilly Harvey, who runs a business selling pies, brownies, and cooked lobsters out of her small boat around "the anchorage between Dix and High Islands."
Today, the same newspaper reports that the state is shutting her down:
August 7, 2014 at 6:26 am
When Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain spent $1.2 million to renovate and redecorate his office, it caused a big furor. The governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, just spent $11.3 million in taxpayer funds to renovate his office, an expenditure that has raised a few eyebrows but triggered less of a furor. Some of the difference is surely that Merrill was headed down the tubes, but otherwise it seems like an example of people in government getting away with something that people in the private sector would not get away with.
August 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm
Charles Koch has a USA Today op-ed under the headline "How to really turn the economy around."
August 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm
From the White House guest list from last night's dinner to mark the U.S.-Africa summit:
August 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm
Bloomberg News notices that early in the Obama administration, Delphi, the auto parts supplier that the administration helped rescue as part of the auto industry bailout, moved its official headquarters to England from Michigan to save on taxes. The article begins:
Bloomberg asked Obama auto tsar Steven Rattner about it:
August 5, 2014 at 11:08 am
The fight on the right over inflation has only heated up since I last wrote about it here. Among the other recent developments, the American Enterprise Institute's James Pethokoukis had an article in The Week under the headline "The weird obsession that's ruining the GOP." David Leonhardt weighed in in the New York Times on the side of Pethokoukis against Amity Shlaes.
In my view, though, the debate is far from resolved. Here's the latest good example of why. In a post at the American Enterprise Institute, Mark Perry listed airfare as one of the reasons "why Amity Shlaes is dead wrong about inflation." Not just wrong, mind you, but "dead wrong." Professor Perry writes:
August 5, 2014 at 10:04 am
Richard Epstein's column this week discusses the "classical liberal" — the good kind of liberal — view of bottom-up wealth creation:
Professor Epstein doesn't mention it, but it reminded me of President Kennedy's inaugural address:
August 5, 2014 at 7:46 am
August 3, 2014 at 11:40 pm
Glenn Harlan Reynolds, the law professor who blogs as Instapundit, has a column up at USA Today looking at Obama CIA director John Brennan's false denial to Congress on the question of whether the CIA had hacked into Senate computers. He writes:
August 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm
On-street parking spots can be hard to find in Boston. An app called Haystack aims to solve that problem by helping drivers find parking spaces and, if the driver is desperate enough, even offer to pay someone to move an already-parked car and create a spot. Sure enough, the Boston City Council is ready with an ordinance to ban it, BetaBoston reports.
As in the case of Uber's disruption of the taxi industry, local politicians just can't stand the thought of a business using the city's streets to make money without first paying proper fealty to the politicians. It's the kind of attitude that drives tech firms away to Silicon Valley.
July 31, 2014 at 2:40 pm
Andrew Cuomo is not anywhere close to being on my list of favorite politicians, but even as someone who is not generally a fan of his I have to say I think it's a bit much for the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, to issue a letter to the governor warning him about how he treated an ethics commission he created: "we must consider whether such actions constitute obstruction of justice or tampering with witnesses that violate federal law."
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