Category Archives: Economics

Debt Brake

All this talk of cut, cap, and balance among Republicans sounds nice, but as a policy matter, the balanced budget amendment seems like a bad idea. There are perfectly legitimate reasons to run deficits much of the time, particularly when … Continue reading

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This isn’t journalism

AOL’s master plan for traffic and story generation leaked in early February before I was posting on this blog. But it made me angry so I wanted to come back to it now. You can see a lengthy powerpoint detailing … Continue reading

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A VC Deck for the USA

Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins has put together a VC-style corporate deck on the United States government. The report is called USA Inc. and it’s available for free download here. The whole thing is worth reading, but for those without … Continue reading

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Google was pretty close to instant anyway

Google announced Instant search today. Much like iTunes, Google will now automatically update results in real time as you search. For consumers, the difference is pretty much irrelevant. After all, Google can already find tens of thousands of results for … Continue reading

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We have an Asian carp czar

Congrats to John Goss the former head of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources on the big promotion. Hopefully he won’t turn out to be a 9/11 truther. All kidding aside, this is probably a good czar to have. Asian … Continue reading

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Unintended consequences

The Washington Post has a story today about the closing of GE’s last incandescent light bulb factory in the US. I don’t have any particular love for incandescent bulbs, but I do get annoyed at command-and-control regulations that interfere unnecessarily … Continue reading

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