Krugman’s Hackery on Deficit Hawkery

Just about everything Paul Krugman writes nowadays is in some way related to rationalizing the Obama deficits. Now, Krugman's a smarter man than I, but I think it's pretty clear that his partisanship drives his economic analysis these days, rather than the other way around. Yesterday Krugman turned a case against the euro into a … Continue reading Krugman’s Hackery on Deficit Hawkery

Auto Bailouts, and…Is Megan McArdle trying to immanentize the eschaton?

Megan McArdle has a new post on the auto bailout that is 95% dead-on.  In short, she is less than impressed with its impact and notes that "We could have given each of the autoworkers $100,000 to go start over somewhere else, and still saved money on the deal."  Of course, this is besides the point for … Continue reading Auto Bailouts, and…Is Megan McArdle trying to immanentize the eschaton?

Arizona Update

Kudos to the NY Times for publishing an op-ed defending the Arizona immigration law.  I say this not because I agree with the law or the piece, but I like it when the Times publishes pieces it clearly disagrees with (see their own editorial opposing the law). The main point raised by Kris Kobach is … Continue reading Arizona Update

Thanks for the 22nd Amendment and other Constitutional limitations

Back when I was a callow youth (and Reagan supporter), I wrote a high school English paper arguing for the repeal of the 22nd Amendment.  Fortunately, I've grown up and now see the 22nd Amendment as a potentially helpful constraint on the accumulation and maintenance of power.  But it was this piece of news that led me to thank our Founders for restricting … Continue reading Thanks for the 22nd Amendment and other Constitutional limitations

Life to Change on Submarines

One of the last all-male enclaves in the military will now be letting in women, according to an announcement by the Navy on Thursday.  I have mixed initial reactions to this. Certainly, women make valuable contributions to the military, and I'd like women to have the same opportunities in the work force as men do … Continue reading Life to Change on Submarines

Around the “internets”

1.  Jonathan Adler on the new Arizona immigration law (and one of its authors) 2.  Satellite imagery of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill (and by the way, this accident could not have come at a worse time for those of us who favor expanded drilling) 3.  On Slippery Slopes and the New Paternalism 4.  Another … Continue reading Around the “internets”

National ID Card

A national ID card should be resisted by the states and by us as individuals.  Democratic leaders have proposed requiring every worker in the nation to carry a national identification card with biometric information, such as a fingerprint, within the next six years, according to a draft of the measure. Fortunately, groups like the ACLU … Continue reading National ID Card