Friday, March 8

Clearing the Tabs 3-8-2019

Some things I've read this week or will be reading over the weekend.

March 2
The Imperial Presidency

March 4
Brady, Arrington & Estes Point to Trade as Key Issue for Country this Year
“If we’re able to have a fair deal with China, then the future is much brighter for the next generation of farmers and ranchers.”

March 5
Yet Another Bogus Claim: Medicare for All Boosts Economic Growth

March 6
Taking on Addiction

Some Towns Are Trashing Their Costly, Inefficient Recycling Programs
The market seems to be sending towns and cities a powerful message that there is no need to recycle all the things all the time.

Friday, March 1

Clearing the Tabs 3-1-2019

Some things I've read this week or will be reading over the weekend.

February 26
Why Suburbs Need to be the Next Frontier for Cities Policy

How to think about a wealth tax — Political Economy with James Pethokoukis


February 27
Where Millennials Really Go for Jobs
Contrary to media hype, tech firms and young workers aren’t flocking to “superstar” cities.

March 1
Why Social Justice Is Killing Synagogues and Churches
Data suggests that the more a religious movement is concerned with progressive causes, the more likely it is to rapidly lose members

Friday, February 22

Clearing the Tabs 2-22-2019

Some things I've read this week or will be reading over the weekend.

February 16
America’s role model should be America

February 17
Cities Point the Way in Promoting Opportunity and Reducing Poverty

February 18
The dark side of Green technology

Cheer up. Despite national gloom, we're actually pretty happy with our lives and neighbors.

February 19
I found Alan Alda's conversation with Stephen Fry completely interesting:


February 20
New York’s Slow-Motion Fiscal Suicide

February 21
Arthur Brooks has a new podcast episode this week that is off the beaten path and completely worth your time:


February 22
Curing Blindness is Just the Beginning

America’s oligarchs face left-wing, right-wing backlash

Friday, February 15

Clearing the Tabs 2-15-2019

Some things I've read this week or will be reading over the weekend.


February 12
Five Reasons the Green New Deal Is Worse Than You Thought
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal isn't even serious about environmentalism, let alone economics.

February 13
This Train Won’t Leave the Station
If high-speed rail can’t make it in California, it can’t make it anywhere.

February 14
Arthur Brooks has begun season 2 of his outstanding podcast. Here is the first episode of the new season:

February 15
How the collapse of communities gave us Trump

Twilight of the Oligarchs?
Still capitalists at heart, tech titans cozied up to the progressive Left—until the contradictions became too obvious.


This is a really interesting podcast interview by The Bulwark with Democratic Presidential candidate John Delaney. Delaney is a very cerebral, pragmatic thinker. I do not agree with him on much, but consider this: If Mr. Delaney's positions were the starting point, rather than the radical exception, for the Democrats, this would really improve both parties. I hope you will take some time and listen to this:

Sunday, February 3

Reaction to Super Bowl LVIII

Super Bowl LVIII not one for the ages . . . I thought Gladys Knight did a nice job with the National Anthem . . . Nothing about the game was dramatic or interesting . . . Tony Romo couldn’t flourish because there was little flourishing on the field . . . Few of the commercials were good, far fewer than I ever remember . . . There was a strong commercial featuring Martin Luther King Jr’s words . . . Telluride by Kia with a Georgia boy doing the voiceover for a Georgia town outside Atlanta, I liked it . . . Eat like Andy by Burger King was odd, and interesting, not sure it’s going to get me to a Burger King anytime soon . . . Bubly with Michael Buble, that was kinda funny, Dave isn’t pronounced that way . . . Amazon with a woman answering questions about bad inventions at Amazon made me laugh out loud, the clincher was when she was questioned about whether an incident involving blackouts was Amazon’s fault, she replied, “I don’t know, was it?” . . . The silver lining, next year can’t be worse than this, can it?

Friday, January 25

Clearing the Tabs 1-25-2019

Some things I've read this week or will be reading over the weekend.

January 19
The Tech Economy’s Untold Story

An open letter to Gillette from Godfrey Elfwick (humor)
‘In order to get through to the majority of men, you need to really talk down to them’

Enjoy this conversation with Matt Lewis and historian H.W. Brands:

January 20
As Kliff Kingsbury Ascends To The NFL, Hal Mumme Must Be Smiling Somewhere

January 22
Beware Academics Aiming to Centrally Plan Your Buying Habits

Urban Renewal
A conservatism that doesn’t work for city dwellers doesn’t really work at all.


January 24
The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson's Archives
Robert Caro is an amazing writer, researcher, and story teller. I was fortunate enough to meet him at the Library of Congress in 2003 when he gave a talk about his then most recent book on LBJ, Master of the Senate. I got a signed copy of the book. The speech was also filmed by C-SPAN and aired on Book TV some time later. Anyway, this piece by Mr. Caro is simply amazing and I could not stop reading. As someone who has done research in the archives of presidential libraries and the Library of Congress, I could absolutely envision what Mr. Caro was describing with the request slips and the obscure folder names and then the luck in finding something magical. Anyway, spend some time with it and let me know what you think.