Good. Quickly, please.
John R. Lott asks a really good question:
But gun-control groups spend much more money than the NRA does. Why aren’t they more successful in buying votes?
I'd say this is the just the tip of the iceberg. Old hydraulic Keynesianism from the 1960s was already a pretty implausible model. But what's happened since 2009 involves not just one, but at least five new types of voodoo . . .
"Trillions" with a "T"? Really? Oh well, to paraphrase and update the late Senator Dirksen, "A trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money."
(Yes, I know, he probably never said that. But let's give him the benefit of the doubt.)
Nice piece by John McWhorter.
It is hard to miss a certain joy in this ritual, stylized witch hunting. A certain Blue American type these days is consumed with a lust for being offended, never feeling so alive as when finding something “problematic.” Some may consider this a sign of enlightenment. But enlightenment to what end? Is this endless outing of people as moral perverts designed to change something, or is it merely a kind of ritual piety designed to demonstrate our goodness to the PC gods?
"If politicians want to know why lower-skilled laborers struggle to find employment, they need to look past imports from China and Mexican immigration and look at their own policies that are making it more and more expensive for businesses to hire people in this country."
Link courtesy of a comment by JK Brown.
Related: "Globalization isn't killing factory jobs. Trade is actually why manufacturing is up 40%."
Tentatively, yes. The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again.
“Ban the box” forbids public and often private employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history until late in the hiring process. Such policies have been adopted in cities and states across the country. Late last year, President Obama even banned the box on applications for many federal government jobs. Proponents of second chances for ex-offenders have rejoiced at this apparent progress.
Here’s the problem: employers still don’t want to hire ex-offenders. Many ex-offenders would make good employees, and some were convicted of relatively minor crimes. But on average, ex-offenders are more likely than non-offenders to have engaged in violent, dishonest or otherwise antisocial behavior, and are more likely to engage in similar behavior in the future. (About two-thirds of released prisoners are rearrested within three years.)
Absolutely! Congress's output is frequently pretty bad, but the Administrative State is becoming the real problem.
One could almost think that centralized planning of hundreds of billions of dollars of activity is . . . really difficult.
"Obamacare's Catch 22: The health care law's advocates are opposing the industry consolidation to which the law gave rise."
"The big Obamacare bubble is about to explode".
"Who's Gaming Obamacare? Better to Ask: Who Isn't?"
Although terribly out of favor with the Trumpsters National Review continues to provide fine service to the conservative movement. The analysis here is an excellent case in point.