"Make School Hard Again: Grade inflation needs to stop."

Amen to this. (I'm glad I'm retired from college teaching.)

The corrupt undergraduate admissions process at most schools today can flourish because the higher branches of the American academic tree are so good. But the lower branches are rotten with grade inflation and social promotion. The move away from an emphasis on genuine academic achievement and meritocratic promotion has done a disservice to the least well-off while offering more opportunities for the rich and connected to buy the trappings of success for their offspring.

"The College Bureaucracy That Never Shrinks"

This is great:

All of which raises two questions: If Kilkenny’s nearly 40 years of diversity efforts have failed to put Georgetown’s equity challenges to rest, why is she being promoted? And second: What possible equity challenges remain? After four decades of attention, if Georgetown has still not smoked out all its allegedly racist faculty who fail to treat minority students equally; if it continues to admit rapists; and if students of color, females, and gays still face constricted opportunities, perhaps the university should shut down.

"Making Life Worse: The Flaws of Green Mandates"

What a surprise: the demand for lowering CO2 emissions turns out to be . . . downward-sloping:

These results reflect climate scientist Roger Pielke’s 2010 notion of “the iron law of climate policy.” Pielke noted that support for reducing greenhouse emissions is limited by the amount of sacrifice demanded. “People will pay some amount for climate goals,” he noted, “but only so much.” At $80 a year per household, he suggested, polls found most people would support climate measures but raise it to $770 annually and support drops below ten percent.

"America's Top Cities Swamped In Debt, Chicago Leads The Way "

To ask the question is virtually to answer it:

Which leaves us with the question of the day: Will the Federal Reserve bailout heavily indebted cities in the next crisis?

More Chicago-related links:

"Big Win For Tax-Hikes; Big Trouble For Middle-Class Illinoisans".

"Chicago’s Hemorrhaging Housing Market".

"Illinois GOP Lawmakers Want to Cut off Chicago, Create New State".

A different take on high U.S. healthcare spending

Many of you have probably seen the argument that a good reason why U.S. healthcare in terrible is that our healthcare expenditures per capita as a percentage of GDP are much higher than other those of other countries. This anonymous blogger argues that deflating by GDP is much inferior to deflating by consumption expenditures and that after doing so U.S. healthcare expense is right about where it should be. 

I don't know if he is correct, but it is an argument I hadn't seen before.

And here is makes an argument I have seen before, but he makes it quite well, that another criticism of our healthcare--our life expectancy is lower than that of some other industrialized nations--is quite unfounded. One needs to adjust for car accidents, drugs, and homicide, none of which should be blamed on our healthcare system.