Weekly Articles


The American, the venerable publication of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, has an excellent article on the dangers involved in the way Texas selects it textbooks. This is important, because by proxy, they select them for the rest of the country too. It really comes down to separating judgments from facts. http://www.american.com/archive/2010/march/the-creedalists

Schoolhouse Rock PSAs on Saturday mornings are an indelible part of growing up for a the Gen Xer (of which I’m one). We all know them, as do probably our parents, who heard them over and over every Saturday for a decade. They were really wonderful, but may seem a little quaint to adult eyes. Here’s "I’m just a Bill" updated to the way Washington currently works (FUNNY – VIDEO)

If there was ever a doubt that the Secretary of State race is important, here it is in black and white! "The difference between the passage and failure of health reform arguably came down to the Democrats’ ability to take a punch, a 7-hour White House summit and 312 votes in a Minnesota Senate race."
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/89489-the-key-moments-in-obamas-struggle-to-pass-health-reform

"The Postal Service also is seeking to…….change a requirement that it pre-fund its retiree health care costs." So they are saying they can’t operate like a private business, maybe it’s time we change the law to allow private home mail delivery. We once had a private postal service, which was out-competing the government one, so it was regulated out of business. Maybe it’s time we let the market work so we can get superior service at a fraction of the real cost.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36085659/ns/business-businessweekcom/

A pictorial essay on the difference between a right-wing and left-wing rally.
http://pajamasmedia.com/zombie/2010/03/29/searchlight-vs-l-a-rival-rallies-reveal-stark-rightleft-divide/?singlepage=true

Funny ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (VIDEO)

ECONOMICS / BUSINESS
The return of the "Bond Vigilantes." It’s slightly disheartening, but fully expected. (Free registration required to access the article @ Financial Times)
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c51fbbce-3908-11df-8970-00144feabdc0.html

CBO says debt will rise to 90% of GDP by 2011. This of course is with the rosy scenarios they are required to use in their scoring. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/26/cbos-2020-vision-debt-will-rise-to-90-of-gdp/

Companies begin complying with required SEC rules, writing down the costs of ObamaCare. The Democrats aren’t happy, this cost stuff was supposed to be hidden from view until it was too late. Henry Waxman now wants to haul CEOs before Congress to try and intimidate them. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704100604575146002445136066.html
….and not surprisingly, worlds biggest mutual fund manager says Health Care reform will be bad for businesses
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?sid=aN5VIC5x7tTo&pid=20601087

Phony numbers in Washington and the real reason why interest rates need to stay low. http://mises.org/daily/4220

Collapse? http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/28/AR2010032802353.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns
….and more immediately http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0410/35307.html

HEALTH CARE
This was the underlying cause of the "Corn Husker Kickback," the concern that reduced Medicare payments would exuberate the critical shortage of primary care physicians, especially in rural areas. Now there seems to be manufactured surprise and alarm that the shortage is going to be made worse by ObamaCare. Go figure! http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MED_HEALTHBEAT_PRIMARY_CARE?SITE=KTVK&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

“…has the CBO ever run the numbers for projected savings if the entire CBO were laid off and replaced by a children’s magician with an assistant in spangled tights from whose cleavage he plucked entirely random numbers?” http://article.nationalreview.com/429537/obamacare-dystopia/mark-steyn?page=1

Congressman Ron Paul, M.D. (who understands our healthcare system better than most) writes about the coming disaster that will be created in large part by the ObamaCare bill that just passed. http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=731

CLIMATE CHANGE

The lefty Breakthrough Institute tells environmentalists to give-up on climate change science. (Did we just win?)
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/89617-green-think-tank-to-enviros-leave-climate-science-behind

What happens when government subsidies are used to encourage a particular outcome? Usually inefficiency!
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1259573/More-20-wind-farms-operating-fifth-power-breezy-enough.html
….speaking of subsidies; John Stossel admits being set straight by a member of the CATO Institute (my #1 charity) on nuclear power subsidies. http://townhall.com/columnists/JohnStossel/2010/03/31/what_we_know_that_isnt_so?page=1

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