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Economics Politics Public Policy

Mitt Romney’s legacy

“LIKE a crisis, a good scapegoat is a terrible thing to waste. Just now Mitt Romney is proving a fine one for Republicans…”  This is an Interesting essay from the current issue of the Economist which provides a fairly detailed followup to Josh Barro’s recent Bloomberg article.  I particularly liked the point made in the article concerning the need to “… draw a distinction between those in need of state help and those for whom it is a “way of life”.”
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Economics Politics Public Policy

Why Conservatives Must Surrender on 'Redistribution'

Why Conservatives Must Surrender on ‘Redistribution’

This is an interesting essay by Bloomberg columnist Josh Barro on how GOP indifference to income inequality, among other things, contributed to the re-election of President Obama.  Quoting from the article,

“But the key problem in this debate isn’t that liberals’ ideas are bad, though many of them (especially on trade) are. It’s that conservatives have no serious proposals of their own on rising inequality.” 

H/T to my Baylor colleague, economist Steve Green, for pointing this article out to me.

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Economics Politics Public Policy

Why Conservatives Must Surrender on ‘Redistribution’

Why Conservatives Must Surrender on ‘Redistribution’

This is an interesting essay by Bloomberg columnist Josh Barro on how GOP indifference to income inequality, among other things, contributed to the re-election of President Obama.  Quoting from the article,

“But the key problem in this debate isn’t that liberals’ ideas are bad, though many of them (especially on trade) are. It’s that conservatives have no serious proposals of their own on rising inequality.” 

H/T to my Baylor colleague, economist Steve Green, for pointing this article out to me.

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Education

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl…

I find it somewhat ironic that the bowl game that Baylor University’s football team is playing in (against UCLA on December 27th at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, CA) is sponsored by a firm called Bridgepoint Education, which (as best as I can tell) is a “competitor” to University of Phoenix.

If you go to Bridgepoint Education’s website (located at http://www.bridgepointeducation.com), and look under the curiously named tab called “Innovations”, two “universities” are listed; specifically, Ashford University http://www.bridgepointeducation.com/innovations/ashford.htm and University of the Rockies (http://www.bridgepointeducation.com/innovations/uor.htm).  Their other “Innovation” is labeled “Technologies” (http://www.bridgepointeducation.com/innovations/technologies.htm), one of which is a “… publishing solution for sharing dynamic digital content, engaging readers, and capturing insightful analytics”.