Today’s recommendations for your reading pleasure and enlightenment.
- “Nobody Expects the British Inquisition“, Mark Steyn, National Review Online, 26 October 2009 — The British police act as the paramilitary wing of The Guardian.
- “Rescuing the University“, Robert Weissberg, Minding the Campus, 27 October 2009 — Two parts. Hat tip to the Instapundit.
- “Responding To Weissberg“, Peter Wood, Minding the Campus, 29 October 2009
- “More Schools, Not Troops“, Nicholas D. Kristof, op-ed in the New York Times, 29 October 2009
Kristof’s article is important, esp this point (often made, seldom so vividly):
In particular, one of the most compelling arguments against more troops rests on this stunning trade-off: For the cost of a single additional soldier stationed in Afghanistan for one year, we could build roughly 20 schools there. It’s hard to do the calculation precisely, but for the cost of 40,000 troops over a few years — well, we could just about turn every Afghan into a Ph.D.
Today’s “your government at work” feature
“Highway Robbery: State’s Ailing Roads & Bridges Robbed”, Thomas DiNapoli (NY State Controller), 29 October 2009 — Press release about this report. Excerpt:
“Only one-third of the money in the Highway and Bridge Trust Fund has actually been used to pay for highways and bridge. The rest has been siphoned off to pay for debt service on back-door borrowing and to fund operational costs for the DMV and the state Department of Transportation. This money should be going toward keeping our roads and bridges safe, not to fund state agency operations.”
Today’s multimedia offering
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