Sunday, March 04, 2007

Economics and Social Policy XXXV

Welcome to the March 4, 2007 edition of Economics and Social Policy.

Tim Abbott presents Like the Frog Says; "Its Not Easy Being Green" (But It's Mainstream!) posted at Walking the Berkshires, saying, "Interests trump positions if the dealer doesn't cheat. If he does, though, all bets are off."

It’s been a bad week for the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Goreification. That said, Instapundit is right to point out that it’s a bad idea to burn stuff for energy, regardless of whether or not you believe in global warming. Key questions seem to be: a) how do we get sufficient nuclear power going in this country to take the old coal and oil burning power plants off line? And b) How can we develop either nuclear or some other source of power that can’t be used to build bombs if the plants are located in developing countries?

Jamila Akil presents 12 Year Old Boy Dies From Toothache, And I Blame His Mom posted at Jamila Akil, saying, "A 12-year-old boy dies in Maryland from what was initially just a toothache and instead of blaming the parents, most are trying to blame the government. I take the position that government couldn't have saved this child, only his mother could, and she dropped the ball."

This is a tragic story. I have to agree – it’s not the government’s fault. Parents, at some point, must be required to be parents. Obviously, this is a severe case of medical neglect (when another of her children has “6 teeth rotting out of his mouth” we can assume that basic hygiene – dental or otherwise – was never taught, provided, or enforced. In that environment, health care plans won’t make much of a difference.

Matthew Paulson presents The Typical American Family is Broke! posted at Getting Green.

Having assembled an all-star lineup of creditors, I have to agree.

Ironman presents Political Calculations: Low End Income Inequality in the U.S. posted at Political Calculations, saying, "We all hear that income inequality is increasing between the rich and the poor, but Political Calculations shows that it's also increasing between the poor and the very poor!"

Poverty – it’s all relative. Especially if you don’t have any rich relatives.

Everybody is poor in relation to Bill Gates. Everybody in America is rich compared to an average person in Somolia.

And Run, don’t walk, to Political Calculation’s collection of tools.

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