Assorted Links (2/1/2010)

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

The Economy

  • Why the Recovery Will Be Robust, by David Ranson

“It’s the normal V-shaped bounce after a deep recession.”

Economics and Public Policy

  • The Crack-up, by Vincent Reinhart

“The administration might be settling for superficial progress on financial reform to avoid being on the wrong side of public anger; a better approach would channel the anger into making meaningful reform.“

  • The Runaway Subsidy Train, by Wendell Cox

“In some corridors, ‘high-speed’ rail won’t be much faster than trains in the 1930s.”


  • The Obama Contradiction, by Peggy Noonan

“Washington is sick and broken—and it can solve all our problems.”

  • The Obama Spell Is Broken, by Fouad Ajami

“Unlike this president, John Kennedy was an ironist who never fell for his own mystique.”


  • The handling of the Christmas Day bombing suspect: the scandal grows, by Charles Krauthammer

“The real scandal surrounding the failed Christmas Day airline bombing was not the fact that a terrorist got on a plane — that can happen to any administration, as it surely did to the Bush administration — but what happened afterward when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was captured and came under the full control of the U.S. government.”

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