Assorted Links (8/19/2009)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading today (organized by topic):

Economics and Public Policy

  • It’s Costing the Gov $600K to Create Each Job, by Casey Mulligan
  • Why AT&T Killed Google Voice, by Andy Kessler
    WSJ: “Telecom operators are yesterday’s business. It’s time for a national data policy that encourages innovation.”
  • Obama, In Rich Irony, Can’t Afford To Wage War On Nation’s Wealthy, by W. Michael Cox
    IBD: “Barack Obama’s political fate depends on a group of Americans he hasn’t done much to cultivate — the rich.”
  • Brokers Aren’t Responsible for Bad Bets, by Charles Schwab
    WSJ: “To take the risk out of investing you’ll have to take Americans out of the market.”

Health Care Reform

  • What are health care co-ops?, by Tyler Cowen
  • ObamaCare Is All About Rationing, by Martin Feldstein
    WSJ
    : “Overspending is far preferable to artificially limiting the availability of new procedures and technologies.”
  • The Death Book for Veterans, by Jim Twoey
    WSJ: “Ex-soldiers don’t need to be told they’re a burden to society.”
  • ‘Death Panels’ Just A Rumor? Go Ask Ezekiel, by Thomas Sowell
    IBD: “There was a time when rushing a thousand-page bill through Congress so fast that no one has time to read it would have provoked public outrage….”
  • What Do the U.S. and Turkmenistan Have in Common?, by Freakonomics
    Freakonomics: “Foreign Policy came up with a list of “The World’s Worst Healthcare Reforms”. Keeping company with Russia, China, and Turkmenistan is the good old U.S. of A.”
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