Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Libertarian Links

Does Wilmington give evidence of a private sewer system?

Gasoline prices would be 27 percent lower today if the dollar had held its value relative to the euro over the last decade.

Is the Medicare voucher plan a 'radical Republican' plan as it's been presented?:   Method 3 is the voucher idea proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and former CBO Director Alice Rivlin. Yet it’s not as radical as some would have you believe. It was previously proposed by a Medicare reform commission established during the Clinton administration. (More)

Good anti-Keynes quote: Also consider another piece of evidence, namely the Keynes-approved preface to the German-language (uh-oh) edition of the General Theory:  Nevertheless the theory of output as a whole, which is what the following book purports to provide, is much more easily adapted to the conditions of a totalitarian state, than is the theory of the production and distribution of a given output produced under conditions of free competition and a large measure of laissez-faire.

Governor of S.C. sounds off on Boeing debacle: The actions by the NLRB are nothing less than a direct assault on the 22 right-to-work states across America. They are also an unprecedented attack on an iconic American company that is being told by the federal government—which seems to regard its authority as endless—where and how to build airplanes. The president has been silent since his hand-selected NLRB General Counsel Lafe Solomon, who has not yet been confirmed by the United States Senate as required by law, chose to engage in economic warfare on behalf of the unions last week.

Go to Harvard or be a prison guard?: Prison guards can retire at the age of 55 and earn 85% of their final year's salary for the rest of their lives. [...]Over 120,000 people apply every year, according to the state Legislative Analyst's Office, but the academy only enrolls about 900. That's an acceptance rate of less than 1%. Harvard's is 6.2%. The job also has a better retention rate than Harvard. Only 1.7% dropped out of the service last year, compared to 2% who left Harvard.

Another reason for increasing food prices: Over the last several years, "the cost of corn has gone from a base of $2.40 a bushel to today at $7.40 a bushel, nearly triple what it was just a few years ago." Which means every product that uses corn has risen, too—including everything from "cereal to soft drinks" and more. What triggered the upswing? In part: ethanol. [...]A pound of sliced bacon costs $4.54 today versus $3.59 two years ago

Radley Balko on how we've changed since 9/11 (good read).

Is killing Bin Laden legal?:  According to a report published on Monday by National Journal, “a high-ranking military officer briefed on the assault said the SEALs knew their mission was not to take him alive.”

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