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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cruising the Web

Rick Santorum ran an improbable campaign. He went from barely being an asterisk as a perceived washed-up loser from 2006 to a leader and the last realistic non-Romney candidate. Yes, his attacks temporarily hurt Romney, but I agree with the WSJ that, in the long run, his campaign made Romney a better competitor. I've long thought that Santorum would do better launching his ideas from a think tank or talk radio program than from a campaign stage. Good luck to him and his family as he goes forward from here.

Instapundit links
to this reminder about Mike Wallace's view of the role of a journalist in wartime. While we're remembering Wallace's long career, this is one aspect that shouldn't be forgotten.

John Edwards is gambling that a jury will find him not-guilty. I don't think his brand of smarmy charm has the same appeal it used to.

Charles Blauhous of Mercatus explains how Obama is double-counting money for both Medicare and Obamacare.
Blauhous finds that Obamacare will add between $340 and $530 billion to the federal deficits through 2021. And that is assuming that Congress passes tough measures that they've always refused to pass.

Jay Cost examines the Washington Post/ABC poll that gives Democrats an 11 point advantage yet still indicates some distinct weaknesses for the President.

The WSJ explains why Obama's Buffett Rule is not about revenue, but is really only about so-called "fairness."

This is a startling graph. The US has more total debt than all the European Zone nations plus the U.K. combined.

If your business wants a concession in a National Park, it better support Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign.

In the past 30 years, millions of people around the globe have emerged from living in extreme poverty. The reason is that their countries adopted free market policies. International aid is not the path out of poverty.


Winston said...

re: international aid

Matt Ridley has an example in his book, The Rational Optimist, about aid to one African nation. A woman native to the country now works on Wall Street and did a study which computed what the value of all international aid to her country over the last 50 years (?) would be worth if it had been invested prudently. It's enough that it would have provided every citizen with about 20 grand a year today.

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