Monday, December 14, 2009

Today's Quick Links

Quick Links:
  • Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Health Care Cost Control
    Good editorial today in the WSJ on the myth of government health care cost control:
  • Chicago’s Thick Blue Wall | The Agitator
    My crime column for Reason this week look at the Chicago Police Department, which despite accumulating misconduct scandals continues to push for policies that make its officers less accountable to the public.
  • Did the Stimulus Create Jobs? - Reason Magazine
    ... consider the Congressional Budget Office’s statement on page 9 of its report, Estimated Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Employment and Economic Output as of September 2009, that “it is impossible to determine how many of the reported jobs would have existed in the absence of the stimulus package.” It seems clear that for the sake of taxpayers and for the sake of job creation, a second stimulus is absolutely the wrong idea.
  • Who Are The Deniers Now? Part II | QandO
    ... to those trying to wave away the scandal and pretend this isn’t “any big deal” it is you who are in denial now.
  • Obama's False Economic Consensus - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine
    Successful stimulus relies almost entirely on cuts in business and income taxes. Failed stimulus relies mostly on increases in government spending. [...]

    A growing body of evidence suggests that traditional Keynesian nostrums might not be the best medicine.
    Obama is a political master at drawing boundaries around the "respectable" debate and marginalizing a swath of his critics as being beyond the pale. Will he succeed at doing it with economics, too? We only know that he will try.
  • When Science Becomes a Casualty of Politics - Reason Magazine
    In the unfolding debate over "ClimateGate," the affair of the hacked emails from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia that offer an inconvenient peek behind the curtain of climate science, one thing is clear. Virtually every commentator's position on the issue—is this a scandal that exposes global warming as a scientific sham, or a faux scandal stoked by climate-change denial propaganda?—can be predicted by his or her politics. You can look at the byline or the publication, and predict with near-100 percent accuracy what the article will say. It is no surprise that The Wall Street Journal deplores the arrogant and dogmatic mindset of the "warmists," or that The New Republic assails the brazenness of the "deniers."

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