A few links, nothing terribly deep. I’m watching hockey right now (Go Flyers!) and just wanted to share a few of the things I read recently.
- Megan McArdle, “Death by Regulation” – from the article: I’ve been pretty skeptical of the Amity Shlaes argument that regulatory uncertainty was the major culprit in prolonging the Great Depression. Over time, however, in talking to banks and business people, I’ve become more convinced that it’s at least a minor problem.
- Via RealClearPolitics: “Hiring Weak in May Except for Census Workers” – from the article: U.S. nonfarm payrolls expanded by a seasonally adjusted 431,000 in May, but virtually all the new jobs were temporary jobs at the U.S. Census, leaving private-sector hiring very weak in May, the Labor Department reported Friday. Excluding 411,000 temporary Census workers, payrolls rose by 20,000 in May. Also, U.S. Hiring Disappoints, Jobless Rate Falls to 9.7% for more details.
- Jeff Jarvis, “How Not to Save the News” – from the article: The Federal Trade Commission says it wants to save journalism. I’m not sure who asked it to. In a just-released “staff discussion draft” of “potential policy recommendations to support the reinvention of journalism,” the agency only circles its wagons around old newspapers and their fading business models.