Contrary to The Godfather, Part 2: "Many names did get changed as immigrants settled into their new American lives, but those changes were made several years after arrival and were done by choice of someone in the family. The belief persists, however, that the changes were done at the entry point and that the immigrants were unwilling participants in the modifications."
Interesting and encouraging but, as always, past behavior might not indicate future behavior.
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget concludes that our present fiscal problem was caused about equally by the two parties and about two-thirds from spending increases and one-third from tax cuts.
Related: "We Are Broke".
"In sum, it seems like our failure to recognize what Gwartney and McCaleb did almost four decades ago — just how seriously the adverse effects of our efforts to 'help' people hurt them instead — has come back to haunt America with a vengeance."
Right on, professor: "My New Year’s resolution is to post this more often".
Yes, but, unfortunately, our politics are not the same as 100 years ago.
Published on 7/21/2013 this is one heck of a prediction:
The 20 years of the Giuliani-Bloomberg era have been a pleasant vacation from the decades-long decline that preceded it. Today we joke about soda bans instead of how to react to armed robbers. But soon New York may be back doing what it does best: Being Crazytown, USA.
(Link via Instapundit.)
Very favorable review of a new book, The New Deal’s War on the Bill of Rights: The Untold Story of FDR’s Concentration Camps, Censorship, and Mass Surveillance.
The book is yet another strike against the reputation of FDR. But I don't anticipate it will change the minds of any of the people who revere him. (I once had a brief discussion with my late father-in-law about the research showing that FDR didn't really get the country out of the Great Depression. My father-in-law wasn't having it: you don't understand, he said, FDR got the apple sellers off the streets! It was an early introduction to Liberal reasoning.)
Fine essay by noted historian Paul Johnson.
But if anti-Semitism is a variety of racism, it is a most peculiar variety, with many unique characteristics. In my view as a historian, it is so peculiar that it deserves to be placed in a quite different category. I would call it an intellectual disease, a disease of the mind, extremely infectious and massively destructive. It is a disease to which both human individuals and entire human societies are prone.
I enthusiastically voted for Mitt in 2016. But even as bad as Obama's second term was, this piece suggests we may well have dodged a bullet.