Assorted Links (11/1/2010)

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

Zombie economics

“The latest EconTalk is John Quiggin defending his claims about zombie economics–that certain ideas keep coming back to life even though they should be put to death.”

Government or God?

Interesting research from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University: “Voting may feel like a regular part of the political landscape in many nations, but elections are also periods of uncertainty. Events like elections can shake people’s fundamental need to believe in an orderly structured world. To counter this apprehension, new research suggests people’s faith in a higher power becomes stronger. Surprisingly, the research also finds that when faith in the stability of God or the government is shaken, people turn to the other entity to restore a sense of control.”

Wall Street Still Doesn’t Love the GOP

“In The Wall Street Journal, Charles Gasparino writes that bankers and tea partiers both know that the Dodd-Frank banking reform bill has written ‘too big to fail’ into law.”

House Takeover Would Give GOP Ways To Attack Health Law

“If Rep. Joe Barton becomes chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee next year, the Texas Republican vows to make life miserable for Democratic defenders of the health care overhaul law.”

Who’s Afraid of Marco Rubio?

“Democrats are scared enough of the charismatic Republican Senate hopeful that some were willing to sacrifice their own candidate to help a stronger challenger in the race.”

A Vote Against Dems, Not for the GOP

“Voters don’t want to be governed from the left, right or center. They want Washington to recognize that Americans want to govern themselves.”

Reefer Sadness for Pot Farmers

“In Northern California’s Humboldt County, small marijuana growers find the legalization of their business could be the worst thing that ever happened to them.”

How Corrupt is the United States?

“According to a recent study, the United States has more public sector corruption than do many other developed economies. More precisely, Transparency International reports that corruption perceptions are higher for the United States than for 21 other countries.”

Unpopular Financial Reform

“Most Americans don’t like the Dodd-Frank act.”

How We Got Here

“For nearly two decades, America turned steadily more liberal. But that changed abruptly when President Obama took office.”

Midterm elections 2010: Prepare for a new American revolution

“Popular rage against the elite could change the nature of US politics, says Janet Daley.”

George F. Will – What’s at stake Tuesday

“During the Tuesday evening deluge, pay particular attention to these stories.”

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