Assorted Links (2/25/2011)

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

The Internet Helps Us Get Serious

“Rhetoric’s renaissance may lead us out of the current crisis, Peggy Noonan argues.”

Charles Krauthammer – Rubicon: A river in Wisconsin

“Gov. Walker is about to show what fiscal seriousness really looks like.”

Race To The Bottom?

“Is America in a race to the bottom, or are we going through what the Austrian born economist Joseph Schumpeter would call a process of “creative destruction”?”

Wisconsin Democrats Abuse the Quorum Call

“Today– George Washington’s Birthday–we are seeing Wisconsin politics at its worst. A state long known for policy innovation—social security, welfare reform, school vouchers, and much more—is now witnessing a seldom-seen but dreadful abuse of basic democratic practice—the abuse of the legislative quorum call.”

Run Mitch, Run

“For Mitch Daniels, the Republican governor of Indiana, the 2012 moment calls.”

Make Everybody Hurt

“Debt fighters everywhere, including Wisconsin, must establish a set of practices to help us cut spending effectively now and in the future.”

The Federal Reserve Is Causing Turmoil Abroad

“In the Wall Street Journal, George Melloan writes that few protesters in the Middle East connect rising food prices to U.S. monetary policy, but central bankers do.”

The Myth of Corporate Cash Hoarding

“In The Wall Street Journal, Alan Reynolds of the Cato Institute writes that companies hire more workers when they have income to pay them—not by liquidating financial assets.”

Apple is dictating all the terms – and we shouldn’t have to accept them

“Computer giant wants more control of media business and a bigger slice of profits.”

Why Nobody Can Match the iPad’s Price

“This Wired article discusses the economics of how Apple’s vertical integration and retail strategies enable it to keep the iPad at the $500 price point…”

How the Fed prints money without any ink

“If the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program is printing money, why is the growth of new currency in circulation below average?”

The showdown between public unions and cash

“The showdown between public employee unions and cash-strapped state governments on display in Madison should be bad news for President Obama and the Democrats.”

What kind of gun control?

Nobel economics laureate Gary Becker provides a very thoughtful and empirically grounded essay on the issue of gun control…

Women Likely to Continue Outpacing Men in Education

“Young women are outpacing men in educational attainment and there’s little sign males will make up ground any time soon.”

The Weekend Interview with Paul Ryan: Ryan’s Charge Up Entitlement Hill –

“In The Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Interview, Paul Gigot interviews Rep. Paul Ryan. The GOP’s fiscal leader explains why House Republicans will vote to reform Medicare and why the public is ready to listen.”

Why The King’s Speech Leaves Me Stuttering

“The royals at the center of the Oscar front-runner are simply spiffing, says Joe Queenan, but give him the proles of True Grit and The Fighter any day.”

Where Have the Good Men Gone?

“Too many men in their 20s live in a kind of extended adolescence—and women are sick of dealing with them. An excerpt from Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Turned Men Into Boys by Kay S. Hymowitz.”

Two Cheers for the Maligned Slacker Dude

“Men in their 20s may be putting off adulthood—but they are still changing the world. Nathan Rabin responds.”

The Intelligent Investor: Why Companies Are Hoarding Cash

“Politicians have been carping about the more than $2 trillion in cash sitting idle in corporate coffers. But much of it isn’t in the U.S.; it is abroad. And it isn’t likely to come back home unless U.S. tax laws change.”

Why Does College Cost So Much?

“A conversation with Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman, economists at the College of William & Mary and the authors of a book on the cost of college.”

Researchers Study the World’s Information Explosion

“What is information, and how much is there? Researchers are attempting to answer the question, with some very big numbers.”

Power of the Market – The Pencil

“Milton Friedman uses a pencil to explain how the operation of the free market promotes harmony and world peace.”