Assorted Links (2/15/2014)

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

1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

No, this is not from The Onion… “Americans are enthusiastic about the promise of science but lack basic knowledge of it, with one in four unaware that the Earth revolves around the Sun, said a poll out Friday.”

Obama’s Favorite Gini

“In The Wall Street Journal, Daniel Henninger writes that the Democratic left will never support the real solution to income inequality.”

The Presidential Bible Class

“Abraham Lincoln’s diligent reading of the Good Book informed the Gettysburg Address.”

Here’s What ‘Income Equality’ Would Look Like

“In The Wall Street Journal, Scott Hodge writes that if you take about $4 trillion from the top 40% of families and give it to the bottom 60%—voilà, no more inequality.”

Laffer Curve Explains Why Obama’s Class-Warfare Tax Policy Won’t Work

“A new video featuring UCLA economist Tim Groseclose explains why trying to maximize tax revenues is a bad idea.”

Those who can’t, teach

The Economist predicts the end of business schools as we know them…

The Party of Less Work

“Democrats are celebrating the CBO’s report that Obamacare will reduce the number of workers.”

Downtonomics: A fictional estate’s troubles echo in the modern world

“Eight things ‘Downtown Abbey’ can teach you about economics…”

Freedom for the Job-Locked

“At a time when millions want work that doesn’t exist, Democrats are claiming victory by trimming the amount of work actually being done.”

The GOP’s Botched Plan on Immigration and Welfare

“Poised to take the Senate, Republicans spurn newcomers while embracing handouts, surveilance for natives.”

Socialism in Venezuela, like Socialism Everywhere, Means Shortages

“After 15 years, Hugo Chavez’s socialist revolution is finally reaching socialism’s signature achievement: shortages of toilet paper.”

Gender Pay Gap: When You’ve Lost Slate…

“Hanna Rosin is the latest in a long line of careful writers to correct bogus numbers about the alleged gender pay gap. So why do politicians keep using the bogus numbers?”

Grim prognosis

“THE Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was supposed to transform American health insurance. Critics have long feared that it would do much more. Republicans have cast Obamacare as a job-killing, economy-crushing villain. Democrats have brushed them off, exalting the law as a blessing to American industry. On February 4th this fiery debate was doused with reason, in the form of a 182-page report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The new data are devastating to Democrats.”

Freeing Workers From the Insurance Trap

The editorial board of the New York Times claims that reducing full-time employment opportunity is a feature, not a bug of the ACA…

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