Arnold Kling: April 2006 Archives

Energy Policy for Idiots

"A plan by Senate Republicans to soften the blow of rising gasoline prices...has merit, U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman said Friday...Frist's bill...would suspend until September 30 the 18.4-cent-per-gallon retail gasoline tax. -- Reuters I apologize to regular TC Read More

A Solution at the Stroke of a Pen

"'Mandatory spending' includes entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, which are provided by law rather than through the annual appropriations process...Of course, all government spending can be changed through legislation, so no spending is real Read More

Don't Worry, Be Happy -- Or Else

"those interested in maximizing society's welfare should shift their attention from an emphasis on increasing consumption opportunities to an emphasis on increasing social contacts." -- Daniel Kahneman and Alan Krueger, Developments in the Measurement of Subjective Read More

Law and Order

No person...shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself -- The United States Constitution, 5th amendment This past winter, my wife was called for jury duty. She served in a trial of a civil case,... Read More

The Massachusetts Delusion

" Every uninsured citizen in Massachusetts will soon have affordable health insurance and the costs of health care will be reduced. And we will need no new taxes, no employer mandate and no government takeover to make this happen." --Massachusetts... Read More

Fear of Confrontation

"As tensions increase between the United States and Iran, U.S. intelligence and terrorism experts say they believe Iran would respond to U.S. military strikes on its nuclear sites by deploying its intelligence operatives and Hezbollah teams to carry out terrorist.. Read More

Tribal Politics

"Suppose you could give American high school dropouts a 1000% raise by exterminating every man, woman, and child in Latin America. Would that be the right thing to do? No? Why not? Your answer, hopefully, is that murder is wrong,... Read More

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