Archive for March, 2012

From Sputnik to the War on Terror, U.S. Education as a “National Security Crisis” »

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) earlier this week released a little-noticed new report warning that “the education crisis is a national security crisis.” The report notes that American students perform poorly on international tests compared to other countries that are making far better progress, and cites results of the 2009 Program for International...
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ObamaCare at Two »

Today is the second anniversary of President Obama’s signing into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as “ObamaCare.” Despite front-loading benefits in the hope of winning opponents over before the costs start kicking in in 2014, public opinion against the law remains exceptionally high, and is seen increasingly as a...
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There Is No Iranian Nuclear Threat »

I’m going to keep saying it until the American-Israeli threats against Iran stop. Reuters reports what everyone should know: The United States, European allies and even Israel generally agree on three things about Iran’s nuclear program: Tehran does not have a bomb, has not decided to build one, and is probably years away from...
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Film for Compulsory Sterilization from the 1930s (Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.’s Reference) »

In this disturbing 1934 propaganda film for eugenics, “Tomorrows Children,” the judge ordering a sterilization paraphrases “progressive,” Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.’s infamous line from the majority opinion in Buck v. Bell: “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

Some Thoughts on Trayvon Martin’s Death »

There is growing outrage over the killing of black seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin, a legal and unarmed guest of the Florida gated community whose (perhaps unofficial) neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, shot Martin dead last month in an incident that raises all sorts of uncomfortable questions about racial tensions and violence in modern America. A common...
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“The Current Models Have Nothing to Say” »

In the 2011 annual report of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’s Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute, we find a report on the 10th annual Advances in Econometrics Conference, sponsored jointly by the institute and the department of economics at Southern Methodist University. This conference focused on dynamic stochastic general-equilibrium (DSGE) modeling. As the...
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The Wheels of Justice Turn Slowly in Trayvon Martin Case »

Trayvon Martin was shot and killed February 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, in a story that has made the national news. As the investigation into Martin’s case continues, no charges have yet been brought, which has elicited some criticism and a call by a Florida State Senator for the Governor to appoint a...
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Why Did People Wait More than Sixty Years to Get Upset? »

In a post at The Beacon two days ago, I called attention to President Barack Obama’s executive order issued last Friday, March 16, which relates to the fact that, to quote my post’s title, “the specter of centrally planned economic fascism continues to hover over the United States.” In my post, I noted that the...
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You Call This a War? I’ll Show You a War »

In light of Obama’s “National Defense Resources Preparedness” Order, I’d like to comment on a troubling trend I’ve seen in American discourse about war since 9/11. From left to right, it was often said that the U.S. government’s interventions abroad as well as its activities at home did not rise to the level of...
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Violence Against Women Act Sanctions Rights Violations »

Democrats are hoping to make political hay by characterizing Republicans’ opposition to the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as “anti-woman.” Republicans are right to be against the Act—unfortunately, however, not for the reasons they cite—as ought all who favor the rule of law and due process. VAWA was originally passed during...
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