Links, 3/2/10

  • Megan McArdle, “What to do about Long-Term Unemployment?” – from the article: The result: long term unemployment. What is the government supposed to do about that? Let’s do some math: by generous estimates from non-White House sources, the $787 billion stimulus has created (or saved!) something under 2 million jobs. Currently, there are 11-12 million people unemployed. Soaking up half that would require three more huge stimuluses, even if you assume that returns are linear and do not diminish with more money spent. Yet even then, we would not guarantee that we helped the long term unemployed; we might just as easily boost employment for people who aren’t finding it particularly hard to get a new job.
  • LGF, “Paranoid Delusion of the Week” – from the “paranoid delusion” rightfully being mocked: Team Obama’s anti-anti-missile initiatives are not simply acts of unilateral disarmament of the sort to be expected from an Alinsky acolyte. They seem to fit an increasingly obvious and worrying pattern of official U.S. submission to Islam and the theo-political-legal program the latter’s authorities call Shariah.
  • Mark Bauerlein, “Advice to Faculty: Become Watchdogs” – from the article: Faculty members need to remember that teachers and students are the centers of the college.  Administrators are secondary, and their job is to assist teachers in their teaching and students in their learning. The more administrators position their work independently of that mission, the more they will continue the dilation, and the more they will pass on financial pressures to adjunctization, larger class sizes, and tuition jumps.
  • “Judge Grants Asylum to German Home Schoolers” (nytimes, h/t Josh) – from the article: Describing home-schoolers as a distinct group of people who have a “principled opposition to government policy,” he ruled that the Romeikes would face persecution both because of their religious beliefs and because they were “members of a particular social group,” two standards for granting asylum.

2 Comments

  1. @ David: Yeah, he gave in:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/03/us/politics/03cong.html?hp

    My brother and I argued about that, because both of us definitely are like “yeah! Get whatever you need paid out of the stimulus which isn’t being spent anyway.” But I’m not sure that Sen. Bunning’s move was the best one: it wasn’t good politics, as it makes Republicans look like they’re willing to let people suffer, and it doesn’t really communicate just how much debt we’re in and how we’re all responsible for it. $10 billion is a drop in the bucket compared to bank and auto bailouts, and all of that is a drop in the bucket compared to entitlement spending.

    What we need is a politician to get up there and lay out the raw figures and percentages of the budget for everyone in America. Trouble is: the second someone does that, they are going to get hammered by every interest group receiving entitlements.

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