"He's a snake in the grass, I tell ya guys; he may look dumb but that's just a disguise; he's a mastermind in the ways of espionage." Charlie Daniels, "Uneasy Rider" January 2009 - Posts - TT's Lost in Tokyo

January 2009 - Posts

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Bruce Bartlett: Conservatives should accept the need for more taxes, and focus on limiting the damage by TokyoTom

Bruce Bartlett , who worked in both the Reagan and Pappy Bush administrations and was a trenchant critic of the recent Bush administration, has a new article in the Politico that argues that conservatives should resign themselves to rising welfare costs...
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Libertarian law prof. Jonathan Adler warns of CO2 regulatory runaway train that Bush bequeathed to Obama; recommends rebated carbon taxes by TokyoTom

Libertarian law professor Jonathan H. Adler , of Case University, The Volokk Conspiracy law blog and NRO contributing editor, has a post up at NRO explaining why conservatives ought to be pushing for a "revenue-neutral carbon tax" as the best...
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A blinded Alan Blinder fails to see any Fed missteps in creating, anticipating or responding to the financial crisis by TokyoTom

In the January 24 New York Times , Alan S. Blinder , professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve , argues that our worst postwar recession does not represent a fundamental failure of the American...
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"Lemon Socialism" - liberal Obama advisor Robert Reich regrets the bailouts, but wants massive stimulus by TokyoTom

An opinion piece at TPM Cafe by liberal economist Robert Reich - the Harvard (now Berkeley) econ. prof. who is a member of Pres. Barack Obama 's economic advisory team and was Labor Secretary under Bill Clinton - has caught my eye. In it, Reich correctly...
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For crashing fisheries, a coalition of mainline US enviro groups calls for .... property rights! by TokyoTom

In a recent post , Andy Revkin , a New York Times reporter who blogs on energy and environmental issues at his "Dot Earth" blog, asks "When whale species, like the minke, are no longer rare, can they be both admired and eaten — as...
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Zimbabwation: Coining a New Term for the Coming Economic Disaster by TokyoTom

Bob Murphy asks what we should call the upcoming severe recession and inflation : I think we are in store for a very severe recession (i.e. depression) and very big price increases. It will be stagflation but worse. So we need a catchy term. The two contenders...
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Rent-seeking: CEI's Chris Horner comes clean and acknowledges that climate denialists and alarmists are peas in the same pod by TokyoTom

In an earth-shaking ;) essay in today's Human Events, CEI 's Chris Horner comes clean and acknowledges that climate denialists and alarmists are peas in the same rent-seeking pod. We have encountered Horner, former lawyer and now full-time scourge...
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[Update 2] Neocons, conservatives, libertarians and Exxon join Jim Hansen in calling for rebated carbon taxes in lieu of massive cap/trade rent-seeking and industrial planning by TokyoTom

[Update at bottom.] Neocons, conservatives, libertarians and Exxon`s Rex Tillerson have recently joined arch-warmer Jim Hansen in calling for rebated carbon taxes in lieu of massive cap/trade rent-seeking and industrial planning . I`ve blogged extensively...
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Somali piracy flows from the greater and continuing Western theft and abuse of Somali marine resources by TokyoTom

The January 4 Huffington Post carries a perceptive column by Johann Hari , a writer for the Independent , who explains that Somali piracy (which I have commented on here and here ) has roots in the Western theft and abuse of Somali marine resources -...
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Note to William Anderson: Limited liability is a key to understanding the Great American Ponzi scheme by TokyoTom

William Anderson (an adjunct scholar of the Mises Institute and economics prof. at Frostburg State University) has a thoughtful New Year's Day post , pointing out how Paul Krugman fails to understand the causes of ouir economic stagnation and financial...