Assorted Links (10/20/2010)

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

Democrats and the Politics of Recession

“In The Wall Street Journal, J.T. Young notes that the myth that Roosevelt ended the Depression has come back to haunt the current administration. If FDR solved the problem, why can’t Obama?”

Bernanke’s Inflation Target Misses the Mark

“In The Wall Street Journal, Henry Kaufman writes that the more latitude the Federal Reserve has to try to spur economic growth, the more economic uncertainty there will be.”

Review & Outlook: ObamaCare, for Some

“The Wall Street Journal says that the Obama Administration has decided not to enforce some of the health law’s consumer protections.”

The Overseas Profits Elephant in the Room

“In the Wall Street Journal, John Chambers of Cisco Systems and Safra Catz of Oracle Corporation write that a trillion dollars is waiting to be repatriated if tax policy is right.”

How the Fed Is Holding Back Recovery

“In The Wall Street Journal, economist David Malpass says that the Federal Reserve, by promising to print more money, is giving Congress an excuse to avoid critical tax and spending cuts.”

Small Worlds

“Nikon International Small World Photomicrography Competition recently announced its list of winners for 2010. The competition began in 1974 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Peering into the small worlds of animal, plants and minerals using many techniques and different instruments, this year’s entries brought us images of crystalline formations, fluorescent body parts, cellular structures and more, valuable for both their beauty and insight.”

Consensus Points Toward 50-Seat G.O.P. Gain in House

“Extent of the “enthusiasm gap” may play a big role in determining how successful the Republicans are.”

Eyes on the Prize

“Explaining the political necessity that many Democrats feel to publicly denounce House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – and conceding that these denunciations will cause problems for Democrats in the next Congress – Democratic political strategist Mark Mellman says “But more people are concerned about winning than about whatever post-election problems we might have.”

Why Construction Projects Often Run Over Budget – The Numbers Guy – WSJ

“Why initial cost estimates for major building projects so often prove to be underestimates.”

The Weekend Interview with Robert Mundell: On Currency, Where Do We Go From Here?

“In the Wall Street Journal, economist Judy Shelton interviews Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Mundell, who says that the most important initiative we could take to improve the world economy would be to stabilize the dollar-euro rate.”

Obamanomics Paints Ohio Red –

“Stephen Hayes writes in The Wall Street Journal that Republicans appear poised for major gains in November elections in the Midwest, a region dominated by the president in 2008.”

Viva Chile! They Left No Man Behind. –

“A show of competence and determination inspires the world, Peggy Noonan writes.”

Lies, Damn Lies and the ObamaCare Sales Pitch –

“Joe Rago writes in The Wall Street Journal about the Obama administration’s health-care fabrications.”

Peter Berkowitz: Why Liberals Don’t Get the Tea Party Movement –

“In the Wall Street Journal, Peter Berkowitz of the Hoover Institution writes that our universities haven’t taught much political history for decades, so it’s no wonder that so many progressives have disdain for the principles that animated the Federalist debates.”

Charles Krauthammer – Your pre-election post-mortem

“We don’t need to wait for Nov. 2 with this pre-election post-mortem.”

Health Care Plans, Waivers, Choice?

“The Department of Health and Human Services celebrated the six-month “anniversary” of enactment of the new health care law by granting waivers of its requirements to 30 companies, covering almost a million workers, so that those companies can keep their insurance plans going for another year.”

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