Category Archives: Thoughts

Only Big Government Can Save Us from Big Storms, Says the New York Times. Ummm … Really?

Maybe it’s true that “disaster coordination is one of the most vital functions of ‘big government,’” But we should probably take that job away and let people who know what they’re doing handle the heavy lifting. [From Only Big Government … Continue reading

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School Nurses and Econ 101, by Bryan Caplan

Most people flip out when economists suggest relaxing government regulation of medical quality. How dare we point out the trade-offs between price, quality, and access? But Robin notes an amazing example we’ve all known about since kindergarten: the school nurse. … Continue reading

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The Giffords Shooting, The Instant Politicization of Everything, & Why Americans Increasingly Hate Dems & Reps

From Nick Gillespie: Readers of this site know I’m no Sarah Palin fan, but to accuse her of complicity in the murderous spree of a clearly insane person is one of the main reasons that partisan political parties are losing … Continue reading

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Less Power=Less Maddening Actions

The Problem With Politics: The way to avoid the maddening convulsions of politics isn’t to change them, or rise above them, or move past them, or transform them, or whatever the trendy term of art is on any given day. … Continue reading

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Could someone please do a production of Iolanthe in Washington?

I’ll buy tickets for all the members of Congress. They don’t have to be there for the whole show; they could skip the entire first act, if need be (though they’d miss the great Act I finale). As long as … Continue reading

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This one made me laugh

Story here.

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I hate spoofer spammers!

Several times over the last few weeks, I have received hundreds of “Undeliverable Mail” notices from all over the world. Some spammers are forging the headers of their emails to put my address in the from line, a process known … Continue reading

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Post hoc, ergo propter hoc

Too lazy to link to the examples of this today, but, then again, the people making the arguments are too lazy to research their positions.

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Cato-at-liberty » The Helping Hand of Government . . .

Cato-at-liberty » The Helping Hand of Government . . .: . . . strips away privacy before it goes to work. Here’s a nice, discrete example: S. 2485, introduced in the U.S. Senate last week, would require asset verification of … Continue reading

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A voice crying in the wilderness

The Washington Monthly: So why do we hear so much about the dire consequences of failing to pass a piddling bilateral trade deal with a ruthless Latin American regime but almost nothing about the dire consequences of the hideous $300 … Continue reading

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