Monthly Archives: August 2013

Megan McArdle Doesn’t Understand Higher Education Either

In Bloomberg, yesterday, writer Megan McArdle criticized her fellow columnist Ezra Klein’s analysis of rising health care and higher education cost, claiming that, (paraphrasing) since food, shelter, and clothing are more crucial to survival than higher education and health care, there’s no way that a consumer’s inability to say “no” can explain the spike in […]

Mandatory Minimums

When Eric Holder announced future leeway for prosecutors to bring less serious charges against certain offenders, he moved into the realm of do-ends-justify-the-means. While it makes sense to charge those accused of say, smoking a small amount of marijuana, with something does not carry large (often incarceration-centered) penalties, it’s a little strange to say that, […]

Apocalyptic Language

The other day, in reference to the President’s recently-offered package of business-stimulus ideas, Senator Orrin Hatch (R – UT) had the following to say: “If we don’t get this moving in the right direction, you guys, your future’s gone, you young people.” Let’s dismiss immediately the idea that Hatch was being totally literal. While occasional […]