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Disasterology
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Disasterology

This is just fantastic. Naomi Klein has just written a book titled The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, which argues, as Tyler Cowen summarizes in his New York Sun review, that...

10/03/2007
My Buddy, My Buddy... Wherever I Go, He Goes
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My Buddy, My Buddy... Wherever I Go, He Goes

Jonathan Cohn, the go-to writer on health care at The New Republic, has an interesting piece on Hillary Clinton's new health-care plan. He pitches her plan as something that should be acceptable to most liberals, and, in something of a blow for Clinton's supposed centrism, admits that "the differences between what Clinton proposed and what Edwards proposed are downright miniscule. In fact, the plans are virtually identical." To sum up: if you love the Edwards plan, here's Hillary!

10/03/2007
S-CHIP Veto a Boon to Universal Care Advocates?
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S-CHIP Veto a Boon to Universal Care Advocates?

In a move that that the White House played down but has made the rounds in the press, President Bush vetoed the expanded S-CHIP children's health insurance program proposed by Congress yesterday.  I'm obviously no fan of the program here, and Bush was probably right to oppose it.  But I also think there's something to what Slate's Timothy Noah says here, that Bush may, in the end, have simply provided fuel for the universal coverage fire.  Noah is thrilled about this, of course, even though he admits that funding that program through a cigarette tax is a legitimate problem.  Either way, he's probably right that this will only turn public support more toward universal coverage.

10/03/2007
State by State, Ship by Ship
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State by State, Ship by Ship

It looks to me as if, in the same way that universal health care advocates have adopted a sequentialist model, hoping to inch toward universal coverage one program at a time, global warming policy advocates have adopted a similar strategy.  Cities like Portland have adopted emissions standards on their own, and states like Florida are now attempting to impose caps on how much energy can be used.  Of course, most of these measures are destined to be little more than costly failures -- quick hits to the economy that don't even manage to significantly reduce warming -- but the goal, I suspect, is to create a snowball effect by piecing together a patchwork of regulations that some enterprising politician (hoo boy!) will step up to "fix."  And today, it looks like environmentalists have moved from pushing for local regulations to pushing for industry specific regulations.  According to the New York Times:

10/03/2007
No, You Can't Take It With You
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No, You Can't Take It With You

Look, we're all very fond of our email addresses, and these days, it's often helpful -- though far from critical -- to maintain some stability in our email addresses.  But Declan McCullagh is absolutely right when he says that the FCC mandating that ISPs must provide "email portability" is a very, very bad idea.  Apparently a freelance writer here in D.C. got into a tiff with AOL when it canceled one of her email addresses and now wants companies to be forced to offer automatic mail forwarding.

10/03/2007
OMB: White House Will Fight Politics, Taxes
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OMB: White House Will Fight Politics, Taxes

BY Amanda Carpenter

The White House is prepared to hold fast against heavy-handed politics and Democratic tax hikes, said the newly-installed Director of the Office of Management and Budget Jim Nussle.

10/02/2007
No thanks to 'pay to Click'
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No thanks to 'pay to Click'

BY Peter Suderman

Stop. Put down your BlackBerry, stop typing that e-mail, and turn down that podcast for just a second. Then close your eyes and try to remember what life was like without the Internet. It wasn’t all that long ago that we lived in a world without iTunes or Amazon, without eBay or online banking, without YouTube or Google, where personal e-mail accounts were rare and no one knew what a blog was.

10/01/2007
Unions and Political Power
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Unions and Political Power

The Post reports what we already knew: Unionism is declining, but the political power of the big unions isn't: The juxtaposition of the United Auto Workers' negotiations with General Motors and the Change to Win alliance's summit underscored one of the more notable features of

09/30/2007
Who's For Limited Government Now?
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Who's For Limited Government Now?

The lead story in the Post this morning talks about how Congress has begun to focus more (and more publicly) on domestic economic policy. The idea, basically, is that the public has shifted away from its small-government leanings and Republicans are making waves about following.

09/30/2007
Price Gouging: Not just for campus food anymore
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Price Gouging: Not just for campus food anymore

Here is my second column published in my university's newspaper. Last week, my economics class discussed price gouging. Apparently, some gas station owners are being prosecuted for raising gasoline prices before and after Hurricane Katrina. As we all know, Katrina left thousands homeless and generally devastated the south. Thank God that the government came to the rescue- by investigating high gas prices. After the hurricane, few offenses were more reviled than gas price gouging.

09/30/2007

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