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Links, 12/14/09

Yeah, I have work to do. Just a few things that have come my way the last few days:

  • Kejda Gjermani, “The Missile-Defense Betrayal” – usually I don’t like articles on foreign policy that sound gossipy. But there were real rifts created between the electorates/governments of Poland and the Czech Republic and us because of the Obama administration’s stance on missile defense, and the lack of continuity from one executive to another should remind why the Federalist didn’t posit a two-term limit.
  • WSJ, “Miles for Nothing: How the Government Helped Frequent Fliers Make a Mint” (h/t Josh) – always think before a promotion what exactly the consequences of such a promotion are. Also, is it culturally acceptable for us to “game” whatever we like? How ungrateful can we demonstrate ourselves? It was pretty clear that racking up the frequent flier miles for free was going to hurt the US gov’t and a number of companies.
  • Actually, on that note: Megan McArdle, “The New Breed of Deadbeats” – from the article: On the other hand, while I was mostly against the 2005 bankruptcy reform, I was happy to see that it tightened up the rules on the small minority of people who were unequivocally using bankruptcy to game the system–filing and then vacating serial Chapter 13 petitions in order to keep from being evicted or foreclosed out of houses where they’d never intended making the monthly payments.  Those people were few in number, but they were really morally appalling (and before you get your progressive outrage on, they tended to be affluent and well educated, which is why they were able to game the system.  They really had no redeeming excuses).
  • Megan McArdle, “Baucus Needs to Go” – from the article: it’s time for Democrats to tell Max Baucus that it’s time for him to resign.  Not because he had an affair with an employee, which doesn’t bother me as long as it doesn’t bother the employee.  But nominating your girlfriend for US Attorney, and then withdrawing the nomination when a paper says they’re about to break the story, clearly indicates that you know it’s unsavory.
  • Peter Suderman, “Legislative Reality vs. Political Reality” – from the article: Democrats became more skilled at manipulating the CBO’s scoring process. Indeed, they have become so skilled at getting what they want out of the CBO that the office has taken to including strongly worded warnings that the various bills’ real costs may not actually match their estimates.
  • Finally, two things that should be appealing to all readers: coriandersea’s very lovely Christmas tree, and Ario’s “Bears in woods happen”

1 Comment

  1. I’m kind of kicking myself for not finding out about the Treasury promo earlier. But then again, I’m not sure how much of those $1 coins I would’ve been able to purchase, since it was one of those mileage cards that got me in trouble in the first place.

    (tried using them for just the transactions I knew I was going to be reimbursed for, but it doesn’t always work out that way)
    .-= Fenway_Nation´s last blog ..Bettie Mae Page: April 22 1923- December 11, 2008 =-.

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