URLs du Jour


  • Reason presents… Crime Squad!

    The link above contains citations to laws broken by those miscreant puppets.

  • It's primary day in New Hampshire! And we taxpayers are paying for it. Jeff Jacoby explains Why taxpayers shouldn’t pay for primary elections.

    Unlike general elections, which are public contests and must be funded and administered by public officials, primary elections are essentially private functions.

    They should be paid for with private funds and conducted under private supervision. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party (and the Libertarian, Green, and other minor parties) are not public-sector organizations. They are private corporations created to influence elections and public policy.

    Jeff, as always, makes a lot of sense.

  • Etiquette guideline. And it's from an unexpected source, David Boaz at Cato: Americans Don't Bow.

    In the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s passing, journalists have discussed President Biden’s meetings with her. And they always quote the advice he says he got from his mother: “Don’t you bow down to her.”

    His mother was right. This is a republic. Americans are citizens, not subjects. We don’t bow or curtsy to any fellow Americans, much less to foreign monarchs. (If you don’t believe me, ask Miss Manners, repeatedly.)

    If only Joe's mom had provided him similar guidance about plagiarism. (Link goes to a 2020 Trump campaign document, so get out your salt grain. The law school and Kinnock stuff is well-known, however.)

  • Looking for a free market advocate? Eric Boehm gives us another reason to look elsewhere: Marco Rubio Wants To Make Your Groceries Even More Expensive.

    A trip to the grocery store costs considerably more than it did a year ago. Now Florida's congressional delegation wants to inflate prices even more.

    On Friday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R–Fla.) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers—all of them from Florida—in submitting a petition to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai seeking "an investigation" into what the lawmakers call "the flood of imported seasonal and perishable agricultural products from Mexico." They ask Tai to invoke Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to impose "trade remedies" that will protect American growers from the scourge of…low-priced produce.

    While they don't come out and say it directly, it's obvious from the letter that Rubio and his colleagues are seeking tariffs on Mexican produce. Section 301 is the same mechanism the Trump administration used to impose wide-ranging tariffs on goods imported from China. It's a law that grants the executive branch broad, unilateral power over trade.

    Also signing the petition was Rick Scott, Florida's other senator. And (if I'm counting correctly) 22 Congresscritters. (Florida currently has 26 of those, with Charlie Crist vacating his seat to run for Governor.)

  • Stop One. Jonathan M. Gitlin asks Joe nicely. Dear Mr. President: Seriously, please stop with these science “moonshots”.

    On Monday, US President Joe Biden will announce more information on his plan to end cancer. The president will use the 60th anniversary of President Kennedy's legendary speech about putting a man on the Moon to name a director for a new agency to make this happen, adding yet one more acronym to the US biomedical research enterprise. The new agency is intended to improve the "government’s ability to speed biomedical and health research," and will be led by Dr. Renee Wegrzyn.

    And as was the case in 2016, it still appears to suggest that the federal government is wasting money on the National Cancer Institute, which despite receiving almost $7 billion a year, apparently needs an entirely new agency—the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health—to actually cure cancer. What is especially troubling is that those concerns were evident in 2016 when then-Vice President Biden first proposed the idea, […]

    I'm open to the idea that the government is wasting money on the NCI. In fact, I'd be surprised if it wasn't. But the answer is not to waste more money. Gitlin was once at the NIH, so his objections are grounded in reality and experience.

  • Stop Two. Virginia Postrel also has something she'd like to stop. Specifically: Stop with the "Jetsons" Nostalgia!.

    The Jetsons was not science fiction any more than The Flintstones was archeology. It was, like its Stone Age partner, a midcentury family sitcom—I Love Lucy/The Honeymooners/Father Knows Best with different backdrops and dumber jokes. The commentary (such as it is) about technology mostly consists of complaints about devices breaking down and costing too much. Automation also means George and Jane Jetson do nothing all day except push a few buttons. If real, their lives would incredibly boring. (The Feminine Mystique was a bestseller for a reason.) The show is definitely not Star Trek.

    The great VP points to this anti-Jetson screed: What's on the Ground in The Jetsons? Answer: "Homeless people and walking birds."

    I sometimes can't remember why I walked into the kitchen, but I remember George's family ( his boy Elroy, daughter Judy, Jane his wife), dog (Astro), robot maid (Rosie), and employer (Spacely Sprockets). And, God help me, more.