Assorted Links (6/16/2010)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading lately:

Douglas E. Schoen and Patrick H. Caddell: The United States of Throw the Bums Out –

“In the Wall Street Journal, Douglas Schoen and Patrick Caddell write that the best thing Republicans have going for them among voters is that they’re not Democrats.”

Daniel Henninger: The President’s Animosities –

“In The Wall Street Journal, Wonder Land columnist Daniel Henninger says that BP isn’t the only business President Obama has been beating up on.”

Map: Where Americans Are Moving –

“More than 10 million Americans moved from one county to another during 2008. The map below visualizes those moves. Click on any county to see comings and goings: black lines indicate net inward movement, red lines net outward movement.”

‘I Will Not Settle for Inaction’ –

“Is Obama really doing everything in his power to fight the spill?”

How Much Will BP Really Pay? – Room for Debate Blog –

“How does the public ensure that it doesn’t end up paying for costs of the spill 20 or 30 years out?

European flooding – The Big Picture –

“Over the past month, heavy rainfall from different storms across parts of Europe has caused massive amounts of flooding – some water moving slowly across river plains and farmland, some moving swiftly through cities and villages.”

Oil Talk –

“The Wall Street Journal writes that President Obama is trying to link the Gulf gusher to his moribund green agenda.”

Oil spill crisis as opportunity|

“The President’s Oval Office address last night suggests an implementation of this principle, as he tries to reconfigure the climate change / cap-and-trade debate into a new War on Fossil Fuels.”

The Economics of Libertarianism, Revealed – Economix Blog –

“When government action is required, libertarian solutions can be hard to discern clearly, an economist writes.”

Migration: Texas, here we come | The Economist

“IN THE ten years I’ve lived in New York I forgot how to drive. Lately I’ve been spending lots of time in Austin, Texas. Enough so that I’ve had to start driving again. When you go many years without driving, it becomes terrifying.”

Burying the Incumbent Protection Racket — The American, A Magazine of Ideas

“Although only 14 percent of the public approves of Congress, in an ordinary year 95 percent of all incumbents are re-elected. How is this possible?”

Richard A. Epstein: BP Doesn’t Deserve a Liability Cap –

“Richard Epstein writes in The Wall Street Journal that solid insurance underwriting is likely to do a better job in pricing risk than any program of direct government oversight.”

Creating the Next Crisis – Project Syndicate

“With the Obama administration rejecting what it once supported – the breakup of megabanks that are too big to fail – we are setting ourselves up for another boom based on excessive and reckless risk-taking at the heart of the world’s financial system. This can end only one way: badly.”

Why Relaxing Is Hard Work –

“Some people are so addicted to the adrenaline rush of stress that they gravitate to high-pressure jobs, take on too much or leave projects to the last minute.Put them on a beach for a week, and it’s no wonder they can’t relax.”

Op-Ed Columnist – The Larger Struggle –

“A rivalry is growing between democratic capitalist and state capitalist systems.”

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