Politics

A CONSERVATIVE LOOKS AT THE

A CONSERVATIVE LOOKS AT THE DEATH PENALTY….Rod Dreher of NRO’s The Corner writes about the death penalty: I find the older I get, the more inclined I am to say if err we must, then let us err on the side of life — even if it means suffering scumbags to draw breath until their… Read more »

RICH AND POOR….THE CONSEQUENCES OF

RICH AND POOR….THE CONSEQUENCES OF A MERITOCRACY OF TALENT….Matt Yglesias makes the point today that one of the reasons for growing income inequality in America (and the rest of the developed world) is “assortive mating”: rich people tend to marry other rich people and poor people do likewise. I’m not sure Matt’s algebra has quite… Read more »

SPINNING NORTH KOREA….William Cohen, Secretary

SPINNING NORTH KOREA….William Cohen, Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration, was interviewed by Lou Dobbs on Moneyline today. What does he think of news that Bush is quietly proposing a bold (yes, bold!) set of aid packages to North Korea if they end their nuclear program? Is he succumbing to blackmail? Well, Lou, a… Read more »

PERVERSE INCENTIVES UPDATE….The Economist reports

PERVERSE INCENTIVES UPDATE….The Economist reports this week on problems at Home Depot: slowing growth, new competitors, and bad demographics. Apparently Home Depot’s boss, Bob Nardelli, is getting increasingly desperate to fix the problems, and shareholders are worried that he might go too far: The biggest worry is that, in a last-ditch gamble to justify his… Read more »

THE FUTURE OF MADD?….There’s been

THE FUTURE OF MADD?….There’s been a spate of MADD bashing in the blogosphere lately, so here’s something to add fuel to the fire. In Japan, it turns out, laws against drunk driving have already slid down that slippery slope that everyone is afraid MADD is pursuing here. To wit: One drink is enough to put… Read more »

ONLINE NEWSPAPERS….A DIFFERENT APPROACH….This is

ONLINE NEWSPAPERS….A DIFFERENT APPROACH….This is something very cool: the Newseum, an online museum of news. Click on “Today’s Front Pages” and you get a display of front pages from around the world, updated daily. Click on a front page and you get a larger view that allows you to read the headlines, plus links to… Read more »

KEEPING AND BEARING ARMS….A QUESTION….A

KEEPING AND BEARING ARMS….A QUESTION….A couple of days ago Glenn Reynolds said this: The wrongfulness in the World War Two internments, after all, wasn’t that they happened, but that they were unjustified. Had significant numbers of American citizens of Japanese descent actually been working for the enemy, the internments would have been a regrettable necessity… Read more »

BONDS, MORE BONDS!….It’s true: California

BONDS, MORE BONDS!….It’s true: California has no constitutional requirement to have a balanced budget. Devra points me here, where we’re told: The State Constitution requires that the Governor submit a budget to the Legislature by January 10. It provides for a balanced budget in that, if the proposed expenditures for the budget year exceed available… Read more »

TAXING TIMES FOR SINGLE PEOPLE….My

TAXING TIMES FOR SINGLE PEOPLE….My sister is always complaining about this, so here’s one more problem with the Bush tax plan: it does nothing for single people. My sister is unmarried and has no children, so neither the marriage penalty reform nor the child tax credit do her any good. Her income is moderate, so… Read more »

PLAN? WHAT PLAN?….Patrick Ruffini reports

PLAN? WHAT PLAN?….Patrick Ruffini reports that a poll by Public Opinion Strategies shows that the Bush economic plan is preferred to the Democratic plan by 51%-41%. I’ve got one question: do they really expect us to believe that 92% of the electorate has an opinion on this? That 92% of the electorate has even heard… Read more »