Archive for January, 2014
Et tu, Angry Birds?

Just when you thought it was safe to relax and have some fun, it turns out that the NSA is even tracking you through Angry Birds: The National Security Agency has targeted popular smartphone-based social games like “Candy Crush” and “Angry Birds” to pilfer personal information, including phone numbers, e-mails and codes that identify...
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How the Left and the Right Talk about Inequality

If I were to reduce to a bumper sticker the way the left thinks about the world these days, it would read: Inequality Happens If I were to reduce to a bumper sticker the way the right thinks about the same subject, it would read: Inequality Happens for a Reason This is not a...
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Health Reform: Senate Republicans’ Continuous Coverage Consumer Protection Needs Improvement

Three Republican Senators have released a health-care reform proposal that has attracted much attention. One of the three, Orrin Hatch, is likely to chair the Senate Finance Committee if the Republicans win the majority in the Senate. John Goodman has described the bill neutrally. At Forbes, Matthew Herper describes the effect of capping the...
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Arctic Blast Heroes: Chick-fil-A to the Rescue

Having spent 9 hours in the Atlanta airport yesterday, my husband David and I observed the human condition first-hand, as travelers and crews left idle in the airport by canceled and delayed flights politely aided one another and made the best of uncertain conditions. Fortunately for us, we were all relatively safe and warm,...
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Obama Insults Our Intelligence on Civil Liberties

In last night’s state of the union, an uncharacteristically boring speech climaxing in a bipartisan tribute to sacrificial militarism, the president had very little to say about civil liberties, one of the main focuses of his campaign in 2008. He uttered less than a paragraph. And with every word, he treated us like we’re...
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Coburn II

ObamaCare is widely perceived as a Rube Goldberg contraption that treats people in arbitrary and unfair ways. A Republican alternative, therefore, needs to be clear, easy to understand, and based on principles that starkly contrast with ObamaCare. It must not be “ObamaCare light.” The first Coburn health reform proposal (the Coburn/Burr/Ryan/Nunes bill) fits this...
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State of the Union 2014: More Preschool Politics?

Pundits are predicting that President Obama will try to recycle last year’s universal, government-run preschool plan in tonight’s State of the Union address. The Los Angeles Times’ Kathleen Hennessey, for example, isn’t jazzed: Little of what the president proposes in his most high-profile speech of the year is likely to get done, at least...
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Governor Stevens and I

When Governor Isaac Stevens went around Puget Sound in the mid-1850s making treaties with the Indian tribes to clear the way for an anticipated influx of whites, he found again and again that asking for the tribal chief got him nowhere. The Indians would look around and shrug their shoulders. They had no chiefs....
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Health Benefits Cost 40 Percent More for Government Workers than for Private Workers

I recently criticized an advocacy piece by an employers’ group, a report that promoted harmful, government-driven, solutions to price transparency in health care. This blog post will argue that private employers are not entirely ineffective. The media never fails to give good coverage to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Annual Employer Health Benefits Survey, which...
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Stockman: Cronyism Is Destroying American Capitalism and American Democracy

I’ve recently read David Stockman’s book, The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America. (You can buy it at Amazon, but it’s cheaper at the Mises Institute.) Stockman explains how cronyism has grown throughout the 20th century in America, placing much blame on the Federal Reserve, and describing how businesses have managed to...
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