Assorted Links (1/25/2010)

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


Peter Schiff provides some fascinating commentary on the American Samoan economy and the assortment of unintended consequences associated with the imposition of the federal minimum wage by the US Congress (recorded January 17, 2010):

Financial Crisis and Public Policy

  • The President’s Bank Reforms Don’t Add Up, by Peter Wallison

Wallison’s analysis seems quite clear; specifically, that in failing to properly differentiate between banks and bank holding companies, an unintended consequence of the “Volcker Rule” may be that banks will be incentivized to overinvest again in real estate, thereby virtually guaranteeing yet another bank crisis in the future.

Foreign Policy

  • Clinton for Haiti Czar?, by Mary Anastasia O’Grady

“If the country is ever to develop it will need less cronyism and more transparency.”

Health Care Reform

  • It’s dead, by Keith Hennessey

Keith Hennessey officially pronounces Obamacare as Dead on Arrival, and also provides a interesting example of Photoshop!:


  • NBC Will Regret Appeasing Leno, by Joe Queenan

“Conan was the Czechoslovakia of late-night TV.”


  • The New Political Rumbling, by Peggy Noonan

“Massachusetts may signal an end to old ways of fighting.”

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