RACIAL PROFILING….Lots of blogospheric coverage of the Boston Globe study of racial profiling in Massachussetts. The results are shocking: Hispanics and blacks who were stopped by police were 50% more likely to be searched than whites. Who would have guessed? But I think there’s some kind of east coast bias at work here, because we… Read more »
HUH?….Mindles Dreck explains the George Bush Tax Complification Act of 2003. Or tries to anyway, but I’m not even sure he understands what this is all about, and he does it for a living. I sure don’t, but whatever it is, it seems like an extraordinarily stupid idea. And go here (or just scroll up)… Read more »
HISTORY THEN AND NOW….Chris Bertram writes about the history books of his childhood today. They just don’t write ’em like that anymore.
STATE AND LOCAL TAXES….Reader Bill Nazzaro pointed me to this report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. As the chart below shows, state and local taxes, when taken as a whole, are highly regressive. Among the non-elderly, the poorest pay about 11% of their income in total state and local taxes while the… Read more »
RACE AND RACISM….I’ve mentioned on a couple of occasions that I have very little use for John Derbyshire ? even if he does write about mathematics sometimes ? but in a soul-wrenching, bend-over-backwards effort to be fair, I want to excerpt the full quote of his that’s been making the rounds of the blogosphere lately:… Read more »
SOUNDBITE MARKETING….Jay Caruso thinks it’s the Democrats who are better at phrasemaking, not the Republicans. Ah, if only it were so, Jay….
THE DEATH PENALTY….USA Today reports on a loose group of law professors and likeminded academics who are pro death penalty. As near as I can tell, their argument is that it’s not true that 100 innocent people have been put on death row and later released. In fact, they say, most of them were released… Read more »
THE MARKETING OF THE OPPOSITION….As a corollary to the post below, I watched James Carville trying desperately (and failing) to land a blow on Crossfire yesterday when his guest made the point that the dividend tax cut went mostly to seniors. I imagine the right response would be something like this: You mean seniors like… Read more »
THE MARKETING OF THE PRESIDENT….I’ve been thinking about the presentation of Bush’s economic plan yesterday, and the more I think about it the more I admire it. Mind you, this is strictly from the point of view of a competitor admiring another competitor’s marketing coup. Think about what Bush had to work with: he’s proposing… Read more »
NORTH KOREA UPDATE….Via OxBlog, I learn that the Bushies have apparently changed their tune about their refusal to negotiate with North Korea: In a key policy shift, the United States said on Tuesday it was willing to talk to North Korea before Pyongyang ends its nuclear programs but stuck to its refusal to give the… Read more »