Assorted Links (9/11/2009)

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

Economics and the Financial Crisis

  • The Keynesians Were Wrong Again, by Peter Ferrara

Wall Street Journal: “We won’t see a return to growth without incentives for job-creating investment.”

Professor Mulligan points to Chicago colleague John Cochrane’s essay entitled “How did Paul Krugman get it so Wrong“, written in response to Paul Krugman’s essay “How did Economists get it so wrong?”

Health Care Reform

  • Medicare Is No Model for Health Reform, by Grace-Marie Turner and Joseph R. Antos

Wall Street Journal: “Many doctors refuse Medicare patients because payments are so low.”

  • The President’s Tort Two-Step, by Kim Strassel

Kim Strassel’s essay explains, among other things, why the real “low hanging fruit” for reducing health care costs (via tort reform so as to mitigate its effect on the practice of so-called “defensive medicine”) is not likely to get picked; unfortunately, the plaintiff’s bar is far too powerful of a special interest in the current health care reform debate.


  • The Children of 9/11 Grow Up, by Peggy Noonan

Wall Street Journal: “College students talk about how the attack shaped their lives.”

Wall Street Journal: “It was the furies of the Arab world, not Afghanistan, that struck America eight years ago today.”