URLs du Jour


  • John Stossel suggests a name change: The U.S. House of Presumptuous Meddlers.
    As an American, I am embarrassed that the U.S. House of Representatives has 220 members who actually believe the government can successfully centrally plan the medical and insurance industries.

    I'm embarrassed that my representatives think that government can subsidize the consumption of medical care without increasing the budget deficit or interfering with free choice.

    It's a triumph of mindless wishful thinking over logic and experience.

    I'd go further: It's a religious fervor, except that most traditional religions have more evidence for their efficacy.

  • At the executive level, Gene Healy explicates the sad fact that today's presidency attracts the wrong sort of people. He misses, as should we all, Silent Cal:
    Calvin Coolidge, a genuinely humble man and a fine president, wrote in his autobiography that it was "a major source of safety to the country" for the president "to know that he is not a great man." Few of our recent presidents display Coolidge's self-awareness.
    Few? Were there any?

    But who to blame? Well…

    It's easy enough to blame the overconfident, self-aggrandizing characters who seek the office. But at the end of the day, we're the ones who reward them. Unless and until we seek out candidates who share Coolidge's modesty, we'll have no one to blame but ourselves.
    So true.

  • Amusing but true fact from an interesting article on our unsanitary currency:
    For decades, the percentage of the population having a bank account grew, but that growth stopped a couple of decades ago as the government started its war on money laundering - which, ironically, resulted in the unintended consequence of requiring more people to handle dirty paper money.

  • Scott Meyer's Basic Instructions webcomic is a periodic stop. His latest episode describes "How to Get Amazing Kicks from Something 'Normal' People Will Never Understand", using The Prisoner as an example.

    Looking forward to the new series, by the way. Already set the TiVo.