Tag Archives: Ronald Reagan

A Blatant Misuse of History

Writing nearly 40 years ago, historian Ernest R. May warned of the dangers of misusing history for policy purposes.  May was primarily concerned that policy makers drew the wrong lessons from the past. In their opinion piece in yesterday’s Wall … Continue reading

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John Cogan and John Taylor confuse temporary and permanent

In a recently published op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, Stanford economists John Cogan and John Taylor argue that: “Temporary, targeted tax reductions and increases in government spending are not good economics. They have repeatedly failed to increase economic … Continue reading

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Gary Becker and the law of the jungle

The sub-prime crisis and the ensuing economic slowdown have led many to question some widely held economic tenets, particularly the belief that unfettered markets inevitably lead to the best of all possible outcomes. Writing in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, University … Continue reading

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WSJ op-ed board member: The unemployed prefer sitting on their duffs to working

Writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, WSJ op-ed board member Stephen Moore offers a variety of dubious–and at least one outrageous–opinion on the economy and eocnomic policy. (1) The economy would be in better shape today in the absence of … Continue reading

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All hail Ronald Reagan

Apparently, the editors of the Wall Street Journal have a rule about the number of op-eds each week that praise Ronald Reagan.  I haven’t figured out the exact count yet, but Robert Barro’s piece in Monday’s Journal gets the paper … Continue reading

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Read Michael Boskin’s lips

Writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, Stanford economist Michael Boskin warns that the specter of “growth-destroying confiscatory” tax rates looms if the Obama Administration has its way. Be afraid.  Be very afraid. Or maybe not. The Administration’s proposed changes to … Continue reading

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Nostalgia for gold

The Wall Street Journal has demonstrated nostalgia for the gold standard by publishing two pro-gold standard opinion pieces this week. Both are long on nostalgia and short on analytical content. On Tuesday, long-time gold enthusiast Lewis Lehrman made his pitch, … Continue reading

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