Sunday, September 24, 2006

Economics and Social Policy XIV

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Welcome to the September 24, 2006 edition of economics and social policy.

BizzyBlog’s Tom Blumer presents Underreported Fact: Welfare Rolls are STILL Plunging. "The percentage of the population on welfare has dropped 27% in the past 5 years, when think it's fair to say that a lot of people expected leveling off or slight increases after the law's full impact hit. CA, TN, and DC still have a lot of work to do."

Phil of Phil for Humanity provides an interesting hit on landfills: Phil for Humanity: Recycling Landfills Apparently, dey may be gold in dem der trasheaps. But if there was, mining companies wouldn’t need much encouragement to go get it, just some space to keep the environmentalists out of the way. Other than NIMBY, most folks don’t spend much time thinking about trash. Perhaps we should.

Wenchypoo on Interstate 5: The Road to Serfdom (L-O-N-G) posted at Frugal Wisdom from Wenchypoo's Warehouse. “I do believe I’ve located that road on the map: Interstate 5, running from Baja California to Canada along our west coast. You might know these as the ‘better than thou’ states.”

John Buehler: The 3rd Channel » It seems so far away posted at Rebuilding Eden. Oil risk has three names: Chavez, Ahmadinejad, and Gore, and not necessarily in that order. And I’m still really, really miffed that instead of a Suburban I bought a Hyundai Elantra. (Note: I’ve had the Elantra 2 weeks, and I think that it’s a good car, and great value, but the Suburban remains my dream vehicle – no doubt the product of having 4 kids and a Bouvier). Not like the about $25 k price difference had anything to do with it….

Jeremy Adam Smith presents Daddy Dialectic: What Dads Want to Do vs. What Dads Need to Do posted at Daddy Dialectic.

Personally, I suspect that we’re overanalyzing fatherhood too much. We’re also busy trying to made Daddy into Mommy. What’s a good dad look like? He remains true to the wife of his youth, and his kids see that. He goes to work everyday, ploughs a straight furrow, and doesn’t look back or whine. He protects his home and family. He sets the example for his sons that manhood often means sacrifice. He understands his place in the universe, and that ‘self actualization’ can only be expected in the next life. He leads by serving God, his family, and his country / community.

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TBMD comments on California vs. Prosperity in “What’s the UAW think about this?”.

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