Arnold Kling: February 2005 Archives

Actuarially Unsound

"Enactment of this plan would eliminate the Social Security long-range actuarial deficit and meet the criteria for sustainable solvency. The program would be expected to remain solvent throughout the 75-year projection period and for the foreseeable future beyond. Read More

Who is a Pragmatist?

"David Brinkley, writing the introduction of an early book of portraits of the Kennedy people, would...note that at an early Washington cocktail party a woman had gone around the room asking each of the hundred people there if he... Read More

Ego, Testosterone, and the Academy: Why the Controversy Over Larry Summers is Important

"if one is talking about physicists at a top twenty-five research university, one is not talking about people who are two standard deviations above the mean. And perhaps it's not even talking about somebody who is three standard deviations above... Read More

The Millionaire Next Door vs. the Politician in Washington

"Usually the wealthy individual is a businessman who has lived in the same town for all of his life. This person owns a small factory, a chain of stores, or a service company. He has married once and remains... Read More

Health Insurance and Bankruptcy

"we surveyed 1,771 personal bankruptcy filers in five federal courts and subsequently completed in-depth interviews with 931 of them. About half cited medical causes, which indicates that 1.92.2 million Americans (filers plus dependents) experienced medical bankru Read More

Shoot the Stupid Consumer

the average claim rate on the rebate fulfillment house's table was about 25 percent. "Now, here's the interesting part," the reader wrote. "The rebate fulfillment house will GUARANTEE IN WRITING to the manufacturer that the percentage of rebates claimed... Read More

No War Over Oil

"Many of the leading neoconservatives who pushed hard for the Iraq war are going green. James Woolsey, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and staunch backer of the Iraq war, now drives a 58-miles-per-gallon Toyota Prius and has... Read More

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