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March 25, 2015

"Review: Is Google Fiber Worth the Hype?"

Since Google Fiber is coming to Raleigh I found this review interesting.

March 24, 2015

"How This Mother Of Seven Children Does It"

Terrific piece. I don't think I could have coped with seven, but I salute those who do.

"Practical Thoughts on Immigration"

Heather MacDonald:

The lesson from the last 20 years of immigration policy is that lawlessness breeds more lawlessness. Once a people or a government decides to normalize one form of lawbreaking, other forms of lawlessness will follow until finally the rule of law itself is in profound jeopardy. Today, we have a constitutional crisis on our hands. President Obama has decided that because Congress has not granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in the U.S., he will do so himself. Let us ponder for a moment just how shameless this assertion of power is.

"Meet Hillary’s Welfare Queens"

Nicely done.

Sixty companies that lobbied the State Department between 2009 and 2013, while Hillary was secretary of state, donated more than $26 million to the Clinton Foundation over that time period. At least 44 of the 60 participated in $3.2 billion worth of philanthropy projects by the Clinton Global Initiative, while at least 15 were part of Clinton-created public-private partnerships. . . .

The new welfare queens include General Electric, General Motors, Exxon-Mobil and Boeing.

"The Nonprofit Behind Billions in Mortgage Aid Is a Mess"

Link courtesy of reader Kevin T. who notes, like much other government spending Liberals like, this is "Yet another example of the things we do together . . ."

"Hail EPA! Hail Caesar! When You’ve Lost Larry Tribe …"

. . . your policy is too darn Liberal.

March 23, 2015

Two views on wage stagnation

The Liberal story: Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute and co-chairman of Americans for Tax Fairness, "Even Better Than a Tax Cut".

The much more accurate story: Benjamin Domenech, publisher of the Federalist, "The Truth About ‘Wage Stagnation’".

For conservatives, this should suggest an opening. But it is also an indication that the pro-growth policy path is not necessarily the old-school supply-side path of individual tax-rate cuts. Instead, the real path toward the kind of growth that will benefit American workers ought to focus more on regulatory and general government reform. The economic problem the nation faces today is an economy increasingly warped by government.

"The Economics of the California Water Shortage"

Alex Tabarrok explains the problem in a single sentence: "California has plenty of water…just not enough to satisfy every possible use of water that people can imagine when the price is close to zero."

See also Victor Davis Hanson's cri de coeur, "The Scorching of California: How Green extremists made a bad drought worse". (Link courtesy of Jorod.)

Related: "19 Reasons California’s Drought Isn’t A Big Deal". (Irony alert.)

Also related: "No, California won't run out of water in a year". (Non-ironic.)

"The Main Challenge Facing the Middle Class"

Robert Samuelson:

What this history teaches is that we have less control over our economic destiny than is often assumed. At every juncture in the chronology, people - including "experts" - did not foresee the next major change. In the early 1960s, they didn't anticipate high inflation; in the late 1970s, they didn't expect its demise. In this respect, the surprise 2008-2009 financial crisis was typical.

The same ignorance inhibits what we can do for the middle class. Government - a.k.a., politicians - can address some middle-class wants by redistributing income from the rich through tax breaks and subsidies. But this approach has limits and not merely because the rich will resist.

"The Privilege of Checking White Privilege"

John McWhorter:

. . . it’s a safe bet that most black people are more interested in there being adequate public transportation from their neighborhood to where they need to work than that white people attend encounter group sessions where they learn how lucky they are to have cars. It’s a safe bet that most black people are more interested in whether their kids learn anything at their school than whether white people are reminded that their kids probably go to a better school. Given that there is no evidence that White Privilege sessions are a necessary first step to change (see above), why shunt energy from genuine activism into—I’m sorry—a kind of performance art?

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