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Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Megan McArdle, on the Solyndra mess: When banks engage in this sort of behavior, we call it a bubble, and try to figure out how to fix things so they won’t do it again. When government agencies do this, we call it a weekday. Zing!

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A Blow Against The Nanny State Struck In… California??

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Yes, my good friends — Gov Jerry Brown has actually vetoed a nanny-state helmet law. Can you believe it? I’ve added the emphasis below. It’s almost refreshing to hear such a sentiment from a politician — a California politician at that. To the Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill 105 [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

From a commenter over at Kevin Drum’s place. The discussion was about problems with the American educational system: Yep. And as the posts by Aaron Carroll and Austin Frakt have shown over the last year (link below) the same is true of our health care system. We’ve gone through a 30+ year binge of hypercapitalism, [...]

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Should Republicans Fight Gas Tax Renewal?

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

It appears that our Federal $0.184/gallon gasoline excise tax is set to expire in just under 2 months, on September 30. This was news to me. As my colleague Doug blogs over at Outside the Beltway, this is being batted around as potentially being big news — brought to you by Grover Norquist & the [...]

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The 2-Minute Budget Deal Reaction: Open Thread

Monday, August 1st, 2011

So I’ve had a tiny bit of time to reflect on the budget deal. Here are the key points: $900B in immediate cuts [1/3 to defense], coupled to a $900B immediate debt ceiling increase. Additional $1.2T-1.5T debt ceiling increase IF Congress either passes a balanced budget amendment or a bipartisan commission creates a debt reduction [...]

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Social Security Trust Fund: Accounting Kabuki

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

The looming government debt ceiling crisis has cause Obama to threaten inability to pay Social Security checks. It’s renewed the debate, which I’ve hashed out many times (here, here, here and here, for posterity’s sake), whether the Social Security “Trust Fund” is a veritable asset or merely a convenient accounting fiction used to hide deficits. [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Is Gold in a bubble? The Economist thinks so. But instructive is something they wrote back in 1980, just before the culmination of the last major gold bubble: In equity markets, there is much truth to the saying never sell on a strike. In the gold market, which has become in some ways the reverse [...]

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My Take [So Far] On Google+

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Having “grown up” online — a bit more than most of my contemporaries, as I had the techno-geek life of BBS’ing and AOHell in the early days of the internet — I’ve always had as much of an “online” presence as off. Today, this means that many of my personal hobbies, whether it be making/drinking [...]

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Does Gay Marriage Imperil Free Speech?

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

One would think that one has very little to do with the other. That is, unless one is Gary Bauer, who seems to be taking a tactic I’ve seen too often out of leftists suggesting that if someone in the private sector wants to fire you for saying something bigoted, that it’s an assault on [...]

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Government: Shows A Loss While Selling Money

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

I was passed this story by a relative, and thought it was absolutely genius: Would you take advantage of a federal loophole that gives you a free first-class flight anywhere on Earth? That’s what hundreds — possibly thousands — of shrewd travel enthusiasts are doing, in light of a 2005 law that unwittingly created a [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Apparently Federal Employees in many jobs are more likely to die than be fired… And we’re not talking the Dept. of Defense here… Of course, it’s entirely understandable, as the Federal Government only hires dutiful, public-minded and competent people: HUD spokesman Jerry Brown says his department’s low dismissal rate — providing a 99.85% job security [...]

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Kevin Drum Is An Innumerate Hack

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Kevin Drum don’t grok numbers. I think we all knew that. But occasionally he goes so far over the edge that it calls for correction, and today’s one of those days. Kevin has taken a handy chart (originally here), and drawn some trendlines onto it to proclaim that we don’t have a spending problem at [...]

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The Painful Human Cost Of Government Shutdown

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

We runs out of da booze: Hundreds of bars, restaurants and stores across Minnesota are running out of beer and alcohol and others may soon run out of cigarettes — a subtle and largely unforeseen consequence of a state government shutdown. In the days leading up to the shutdown, thousands of outlets scrambled to renew [...]

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Double Standards

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Now, I’m not one to regularly bang the feminist drum around here… But this is f’ing ridiculous: Officer Sashay Brown returned to work in May after having her second child. At first, she worked a desk job. Soon after, though, she was forced to patrol the city streets under a new department policy that was [...]

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Tweet Of The Day

Monday, July 11th, 2011

From @iowahawkblog We don’t have a capital problem, we have a capitol problem.

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Kevin Drum’s Guest Bloggers Upholding The [ahem] Fine Standards He Has Created There

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Kevin Drum is on vacation this week. While I thought that might leave me without boneheaded material to criticize, I’m afraid he’s found guest bloggers as credible and clueless as himself. Today we have Andy Kroll, who wants to delve into meta-debates about rights and entitlements with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: But the statement that [...]

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Will Individualized Medicine Increase Health Inequality?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Ezra Klein has a rather thought-provoking post today about human genome sequencing and its ability to allow doctors to better-tailor treatment to the specific needs of an individual patient. It presents a phenomenal opportunity to both make medicine more effective, and IMHO to make it cheaper by spending less time and energy on substandard treatments. [...]

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Wrangling Long-Term Costs

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Ezra Klein, on education & health care costs: I’m not going to end this post with some wan paragraph explaining how to transform these two industries into something closer to their potential. My ideas on health-care reform are available elsewhere on the blog and I don’t know enough about education to say anything worthwhile. But [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Who joined whom? Gay marriage has always been an ideal niche for liberaltarians. After all, it’s the states, not the feds, that are the ones deciding whether it should be legal, a question that feeds into libertarians’ federalist affinities. And when you strip away the cultural and identity politics, gay marriage is really just a [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Coyote, on Paul Krugman’s claim that the Isaac Asimov Foundation series was an inspiration for him to go into economics: I find it absolutely unsurprising that Paul Krugman was enthralled by the vision of a science that can be used by a few people to control the actions and futures of all humanity. He said [...]

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