Archive for February 2nd, 2009

Booker and Barack »

As Jane Shaw notes, the rise of Obama is leading to reassessment of Booker T. Washington. Here is my own effort (co-authored by Jonathan Bean) which just appeared at the History News Network.

Bootlegger-and-Baptist Alert »

John Holbo, writing at the left-liberal Crooked Timber blog, recognizes that the Consumer Products Safety Commission functions mainly to suppress small, independent manufacturers. “[W]hat is convenient for regulators may be prohibitively inconvenient for businesses, particularly small ones. Are all small producers—i.e. those who can’t afford to pay for a university lab to certify that…
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“Comparable Worth” Harms Women and Minorities »

With much fanfare, the first bill signed into law by President Barack Obama is the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which proponents believe will end pay discrimination against working women and minorities. The Act reinstates by congressional legislation the decision of a lower case in Alabama against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company which was…
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Vaclav Klaus Blasts Al Gore’s Climate Alarmism »

Czech Republic President Václav Klaus (formerly Professor of Finance at the University of Economics, Prague), who is also the new President of the European Union, has recently blasted former Vice President Al Gore for unsubstantiated climate fear-mongering. As reported by AFP, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Klaus stated that: “I’m very…
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