TCS Daily : May 2009 Archives

The Subversion of Capital Punishment

What they lack in popular support, death penalty opponents more than make up in tenacity, skill - and success. When a one-per-27 minutes, 36-year, 707,000 homicide holocaust results in 1,136 executions (0.16%), capital punishment has been all but abolished. What... Read More

The Biggest Mystery in American History

What is the greatest mystery in American history? Rattle off a few answers. I bet you won't think of mine... Here is my nominee for biggest mystery: the decline and fall of public school education. Don't agree? Give me a... Read More

Big Credit and Big Government

"Send me a bill that stops credit card companies from taking advantage of consumers, and do it by month's end, President Barack Obama is demanding of Congress" - Associated PressYet again, the U.S. Government is regulating voluntary actions between individuals... Read More

An Inconceivable Truth?

Just how important is history? "China flourished in the Medieval Warming," explains Professor Ian Plimer in Heaven + Earth: Global Warming: The Missing Science. "Palace records, official histories, year books, gazettes and diaries record the arrival and departure o Read More

Franchise Follies

Imagine you own a business whose sales have fallen in a year by one-third to one-half. You might improve your products. Or find ways to make them for less. Or eliminate particular lines that consumers shun. But would you want... Read More

After Banks Are Nationalized

Is it really a big deal if the Federal government takes an ownership stake in some of the largest banks? Certainly the banks will still provide checking and savings accounts, issue credit cards, and originate loans. But government equity fundamentally... Read More

Obama's "Public" Health Plan Will Bankrupt the Nation

Does anybody really believe that adding 50 million people to the public health-care rolls will not cost the government more money? About $1.5 trillion to $2 trillion more? At least. So let's be serious when evaluating President Obama's goal of... Read More

Prospects of a Caucasus War

For those of us watching closely, monitoring events in the Caucasus, 2009 seems to be gearing up to be little better than the shock-and-horrors of 2008 that culminated in Russia's August invasion. While most countries and places are contented enough... Read More

Are We All Doomed?

Once, the apocalypse was an aberrant state of affairs, brought about by otherworldly forces. In traditional religion, some divine power burns up the earth and blacks out the sun, and creates a 'new heaven and a new earth' which is... Read More

Kempism

We're going to need another Jack Kemp. We're in the same mess now as we were when he rose to prominence in the 1970s: rising taxes, energy rationing, and a misguided belief that we can counter all of that with... Read More

Can We Compete With Free?

The U.S. now spends as much as Canada on government, according to Canada's National Post. That means, for better or worse (almost assuredly worse), government will dole out a lot more goods and services for "free." Nothing is free, of... Read More

America's Reading Gender Gap

The good news is that reading scores for 9 and 13-year-olds are the highest ever according to results released this week from the 2008 National Assessment of Educational Progress.The bad news is that boys trail girls in reading performance at... Read More

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