Assorted Links (10/18/2011)

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

What’s an $800 Billion Stimulus Worth?

“What’s an $800 billion stimulus worth? Negative $475 billion, according to Burton A. Abrams of the University of Delaware.”

A New Spending Record

“The Wall Street Journal says that Washington had its best year ever in fiscal 2011.”

The Euro Crisis—Lessons From Bear Stearns

“In The Wall Street Journal, David Skeel writes that Europe can’t afford to bail out Italy, so it might as well send the right message now by forcing Greece to restructure its debt.”

From Tehran to Tijuana

“In The Wall Street Journal’s Global View column, Bret Stephens writes that it’s time to notice Iran’s decades-old infiltration of Latin America.”

The Contradictions of Harold Koh

“In The Wall Street Journal, Main Street columnist William McGurn writes that the former Yale Law dean who hounded the Bush administration over its interrogation policies is now justifying drone strikes.”

Polling the Occupy Wall Street Crowd

“In The Wall Street Journal, pollster Douglas Schoen writes that in interviews, protesters show that they are leftists out of step with most American voters—yet Democrats are embracing them anyway.”

Tim Harford — Innovation works in mysterious ways

“Innovation works in mysterious ways.”

Streetwise Professor » Occupy This

“The Occupy [Insert Location Here] has to be the most inarticulate, inchoate, and incoherent protest movement in history. A decidedly motley collection of progressive types, heavily laden with aging Boomers pining for their Glory Days of the ’60s protests and younger clueless wannabes.”

Notable –

“Mark Steyn writing in the Orange County Register, Oct. 14, on middle-class decline and what Occupy Wall Street protesters expect as their birthright.”

Why block health screening that can raise red flags for cancer, save lives?


“Forty years ago, my mother-in-law learned from a mammogram at age 57 that she had breast cancer. We immediately sought the best available treatment.”

Obama’s latest re-election strategy: Find villains to blame


“Charles Krauthammer hits the nail on the head…”What do you do if you can’t run on your record on 9 percent unemployment, stagnant growth and ruinous deficits as far as the eye can see?””

Occupy Wall Street’s Crony Capitalism

“In The Wall Street Journal, Information Age columnist Gordon Crovitz explains that political extortion by New York City politicians created Zuccotti Park, and it now allows the protesters to remain there despite the noise, filth and stink.”

Three Policies That Gave Us the Jobs Economy

“Amity Shlaes writes in The Wall Street Journal that over 25 years, Apple and other innovators yielded employment for a whole region, improved our standard of living, and led a national economic boom.”

ObamaCare Starts to Unravel

“The Wall Street Journal reports on the real story behind the Class program failure, and what to do now.”

The Exasperation of the Democratic Billionaire

“In The Wall Street Journal, James Freeman interviews Mortimer Zuckerman, the real-estate and newspaper mogul who voted for Obama but began seeing trouble as soon as the 2009 stimulus went into the pockets of municipal unions.”

Gas against wind…

Compelling essay by Matt Ridley which makes the case for natural gas versus wind as an energy source. Hat tip to my Baylor colleague, Dave VanHoose, for pointing this article out to me…