Assorted Links (4/20/2011)

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

Government Cash Handouts Now Top Tax Revenues

“U.S. households are getting more cash handouts from the government than they are paying in taxes for the first time since the Great Depression.”

The Default Major: Skating Through B-School

“Where’s the rigor? Undergraduate business has an image problem.”

Can business be taught?

“THERE was a time when higher education was only available to an elite few. These students studied the ideas of great thinkers, literature and history.”

The $4 trillion gap: Obama vs. Ryan, an apples-to-apples budget comparison

“OK, let’s try and actually compare the new Obama budget plan — “The Framework for Shared Prosperity and Shared Fiscal Responsibility” — with Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity.” My calculations — partly based on work done by Goldman Sachs — find that the Ryan Path would save more than double, 130 percent. In dollars, it’s a difference of $3.9 trillion.”

Here’s JPMorgan’s Chilling Report On “The Domino Effect Of A US Treasury Technical Default”

“Lehman 2.0.”

Not even a deck chair on the Titanic

“A Congressional Budget Office analysis of the fiscal 2011 spending deal that Congress will vote on Thursday concludes that it would cut spending this year by less than one-one hundredth of what both Republicans or Democrats have claimed.”

The Man of Sorrows Motif Over Time

“”Passion in Venice,” now at the Museum of Biblical Art, looks at a specific form of Christ’s Passion and the evolution of its depiction.”

The Other Medicare Cutters

“Obama’s plan relies on a politically insulated board of experts.”

When Big Government Goes to College

“In The Wall Street Journal’s Main Street column, William McGurn writes that the more the feds try to lower the cost, the worse the problem becomes.”

Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong | Video on

“Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we’re wrong about that? “Wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.”

Freakonomics » Here’s Why Health Care Costs Are Outpacing Health Care Efficacy

“In a new working paper called “Technology Growth and Expenditure Growth in Health Care”, Amitabh Chandra and Jonathan S. Skinner offer an explanation.”

Digital Innovators vs. the Patent Trolls

“In The Wall Street Journal, Peter Huber says that too many junk patents are being granted, clogging the courts and introducing confusion into the process of innovation.”