"For the GOP, politics is not a zero-sum game — and I don’t mean this in a good way. It is entirely possible for Obama to lose on a variety of issues and for Republicans to lose as well, in ways that make future victories less likely." Michael Gerson (Washington Post) decries those in the … Continue reading Negative-sum Politics
In Freedom in the 50 States, we present some statistical results on the association between the three dimensions of freedom -- fiscal, regulatory, and personal -- and "net interstate migration," that is, the number of movers into a state from other states minus the number of movers from a state to other states, divided by … Continue reading Freedom and Migration: More Numbers
Quick but effective video from the Cato Institute:
Grading time is here, but these pieces/stories might provide some helpful between-papers distraction: 1. More violence in Iraq. According to CNN, "At least 25 people were killed and 69 others were wounded in five car bombings in Iraq on Monday." 2. Friend of Pileus Damon Linker finds a Christian message in Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder." Apparently everyone else … Continue reading Monday Morning Reading
Columbian Centinel editorial, January 4, 1794: It is unworthy of the dignity, as well as equity, of Americans, to become partizans of either of the belligerent nations. We are bound to wish liberty and good government to every people under heaven—Having professed an impartial neutrality, public exultation shewn on one side, and goading the other … Continue reading Sunday Morning Quotation – Impartiality in Foreign Policy (pre-John Quincy Adams)
The Economist has come out against race-based affirmative action in the United States, a surprising (to me) move given the magazine's socially left-of-center outlook (e.g., for legalizing drugs and banning handguns). Indeed, the way in which affirmative action as currently practiced discriminates against Asians even more than against whites is difficult to justify. (I argued … Continue reading Affirmative Action: Unequal Protection?
John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman (Politico) report (unsurprisingly) that those who brought us the Affordable Care Act are scurrying to create exemptions for Capitol Hill. The big concern: the costs of insurance on the exchanges will lead to the rapid exodus of legislative aides—a policy-induced brain drain. The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader … Continue reading Congress and the Affordable Care Act: File under Revealed Preferences