Assorted Links (9/6/2011)

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

In Government We Mistrust

“The Wall Street Journal: Obama said he’d be Reagan in reverse. He was right.”

A Tale of Two Vermont Floods, 84 Years Apart

“In The Wall Street Journal’s Cross Country column, Amity Shlaes writes that President Coolidge didn’t believe the federal government should be an ‘insurer of its citizens against the hazards of the elements.'”

Washington’s Antitrust Timewarp

“In The Wall Street Journal, George L. Priest writes that blocking the AT&T-T-Mobile merger won’t protect jobs.”

Ten Years Without an Attack

“In The Wall Street Journal, John Yoo writes that the decision to treat the 9/11 attacks as acts of war rather than crimes was crucial.”

The 2012 Election Will Come Down to Seven States

“In The Wall Street Journal, Larry J. Sabato of the University of Virginia writes that national polls are nice, but Electoral College math is what matters.”

In Trouble Once Again: What do About the US Post Office?

The ever thoughtful Nobel laureate Gary Becker opines about what to do about the USPS…

One and Done?

Maureen Dowd of the New York Times is quite unhappy about the POTUS these days… One and done!

The President’s Speech Impediment

“William McGurn writes in his Wall Street Journal column that President Obama’s speeches no longer inspire.”

How the Index Fund Was Born

“In The Wall Street Journal, John C. Bogle writes that the Vanguard 500 Index, once derided as ‘Bogle’s Folly,’ now totals $200 billion.”

PJ O’Rourke endorses Libertarianism – Exclusive

“Check out this exclusive video where political writer/comedian PJ O’Rourke delivers a powerful speech at the CATO Institute.”

Postal Service on verge of going broke, shutting down

“The U.S. Postal Service is so low on cash that it will not be able to make a $5.5 billion payment due this month and may have to shut down entirely this winter unless Congress acts to stabilize its finances.”

Angst for the educated

“MILLIONS of school-leavers in the rich world are about to bid a tearful goodbye to their parents and start a new life at university. Some are inspired by a pure love of learning.”

Barack Obama, investor-in-chief

“Would you buy a used car from Barack Obama? Or would you want him managing your 401(k) investment retirement plan at work?”

Finally: A Garden Hose to the Sky

“Well, it’s actually happening. An idea reported extensively in SuperFreakonomics has come to fruition, and some mad scientists are getting their way (and a little government funding) to build a garden hose to the sky — and potentially save the world by cooling it down.”

The Great Recession and Government Failure

This succinct essay by 1992 Nobel Economics Laureate and University of Chicago professor Gary Becker clearly explains how misguided public policy has made the economy even worse than it was already was and how such policy presently impedes its recovery.

Solar Flare-out

“The Wall Street Journal writes that another green government favorite goes belly up.”

Did Libya Vindicate ‘Leading From Behind’?

“In The Wall Street Journal, Max Boot of the Council on Foreign Relations assesses what Tripoli’s fall tells us about the Obama doctrine.”

Obama and the Burden of Exceptionalism

“Shelby Steele writes in The Wall Street Journal that post-1960s liberals, with the president as their standard bearer, seek to make a virtue of decline.”


“The Wall Street Journal writes that Justice’s antitrust lawyers find a dynamic industry and yell, ‘Stop.'”

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