FM newswire for April 8, interesting articles about geopolitics

Today’s links to interesting news and analysis, collected from around the Internet. If you find this useful, pass it to a friend or colleague.

  1. A valuable insight about economics:  “In Condemnation of One-Equation Economics“, Brad DeLong (Prof Economics, Berekeley), 23 January 2007
  2. Good news:  “Plumbing the depths – Inside story: A recent wave of advances is enabling oil companies to detect and recover offshore oil in ever more difficult places“, The Economist, 4 March 2010
  3. Summary of New Health Reform Law by the Kaiser Foundation“, 26 March 2010 — Much of the opposition was unrealated to the actual bill.
  4. Ugly reading:  “The Fiscal Condition of the City of Detroit“, Citizens Research Council, April 2010
  5. Uglier reading about a $500 billion pension gap:  “Going For Broke: Reforming California’s Public Employee Pension Systems“, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, April 2010
  6. This might be interesting: “Oath Keepers’ “urgent” plea for thousands of gun enthusiasts to descend on DC on April 19“, blog of the Philadelphia Inquirer, 4 April 2010
  7. Good discussing of problems with the Senate:  “Mr. Woebegone Goes to Washington – When did the Senate become such a lonely, cynical place?“, Jennifer Senior, New York Magazine, 4 April 2010
  8. Reagan’s Tax Increases“, Bruce Bartlett, Capital Gains and Games, 6 April 2010 – The net result was still massive deficits.
  9. Executing Americans without warrant or trial:  “U.S. Approves Targeted Killing of American Cleric“, New York Times, 6 April 2010 — No mention of killing him only on the battlefield.
  10. An important question for both China and us:  “Who will pay for China’s bad loans?“, Michael Pettis (Prof, U Peking), 6 April 2010
  11. Believe It or Not (2010 Imperial Edition) – U.S. War-Fighting Numbers to Knock Your Socks Off“, Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch, 6 April 2010

Dueling quotes of the day, showing how the Republican Party has changed since Reagan’s day

From Andrew Sullivan, blog of The Atlantic, 7 April 2010

“A nuclear-free world has been a 60-year dream of the Left, just like socialized health-care. This new policy, like Obama’s government-run health program, is a big step in that direction.”
Rudy Giuliani, National Review Online, 6 April 2010.

“A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. And no matter how great the obstacles may seem, we must never stop our efforts to reduce the weapons of war. We must never stop at all until we see the day when nuclear arms have been banished from the face of this Earth.”
Ronald Reagan, 30 April 1984, in China.

Let’s not forget the words of another Republican President:

“Turning now to the rest of the agenda for 1974, the time is at hand this year to bring comprehensive, high quality health care within the reach of every American. I shall propose a sweeping new program that will assure comprehensive health insurance protection to millions of Americans who cannot now obtain it or afford it, with vastly improved protection against catastrophic illnesses.”
Richard Nixon, State of the Union speech on 30 January 1974.  He described the plan in this speech on 6 February 1974; it’s more abitious and sweeping in many repects than HillaryCare or ObamaCare.

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