Archive for May, 2005

McCain’s Victory

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Yesterday’s late compromise on the issue of judicial filibusters handed an early victory to John McCain in his efforts to advance his chances at winning the Presidency in 2008. While many conservative special interests are displeased with the compromise, the majority of Americans hold disdain for the Senators battling over the filibuster, according to polls. […]

A New Fount of Misinformation

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

While there’s a good case to be made that benefits could be derived from reform of the tax code, The Tax Foundation is not the group to do it. While serious, reasonable economists consider reform (or as Frank Luntz would have everyone calling it, “simplification”) of the tax code to be a potential way to […]

Why is South Korea so Nice to their Aggressive Neighbor?

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

Because they fear victory, and for good reason. This is a great background article, as it explains that South Korea knows that the North will eventually fall, so the biggest concern is one of timing. It explains how the economic consequences of immediate reunification would be disastrous for South Korea, causing them to tolerate the […]

Beautiful Commentary on Globalization

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

A wonderful bit of commentary on globalization from a liberal economist’s point of view, found thanks to Marginal Revolution. The money quote: I realize that some of you are disappointed that I agree with the orthodoxy by thinking that international economic integration is generally a good thing, despite the fact that I call myself “liberal”. […]

Why Many Online Discussions Fail

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

One of the few outposts of actual debate on the Internet is the aptly named ‘dialogues’ section of Slate. This section, appearing periodically in the online magazine, captures the essence of debate: flushing out arguments and discussing their merits and faults. It is a pleasure to read because the back and forth arguments give insight […]

Reconsidering Nuclear Power

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

It has been over thirty years since construction commenced on the last nuclear reactor to be built in the United States. Strategic use of the EIS process by environmental groups concerned about the potential hazards of nuclear technology created an intractable legal situation for its advocates, and after the accidents at Three Mile Island and […]

Fiscal Policy and Global Climate Change

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

Certainly everyone has heard the rhetoric that we must address the issue of Social Security “reform” as soon as possible because for every year that passes, the system’s income shinks and its outlays grow, requiring that any solution in the future be more drastic than one today. While I challenge most of the assertions made […]

Could We Actually Pass Good Tax/SS Reform?

Monday, May 9th, 2005

Social Security is receiving enormous attention as pundits everywhere consider the merits of the Bush administration’s suggestions, make wild partisan allegations, and address the political economy behind passing a “reform” plan. At the same time, the administration is laying the groundwork for a similar effort to radically restructure the tax code. While a case can […]

Great Web Comics

Friday, May 6th, 2005

From BoingBoing: Web Zen: Comics Zen. You can find a list of the comics here. Personally, I love Achewood and The Perry Bible Fellowship. An obvious addition to their list is My New Fighting/Filing Technique is Unstoppable, which after September 11th spawned Get Your War On. In my opinion, GYWO captured the total insanity following […]

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