WASHINGTON - When a scandal like the GSA's $823,000 trip to Las Vegas comes along, you see that it takes truly risible details, like an actual clown in attendance, to move the outrage dial in Washington.
Almost five years after a financial crash nearly thrust the world into depression, a peculiar paradigm still dominates economic thought.
Known as the neoclassical school, it aims to give Adam Smith's notion of the invisible hand its mathematical form.
As best as I can tell, the recent arguments at the Supreme Court did not touch on a critical part of the discussion about government's role in health care: the broken market for private insurance. And I think I know why.
Paul Ryan, outlining his latest budget proposal in the House TV studio Tuesday morning, said the policies of the Republican presidential nominees “perfectly jibe” with his plan, which slashes the safety net to pay for tax cuts mostly for wealthy Americans.
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Next week the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans (www.horatioalger.org) will celebrate its 65th anniversary. I confess I did not know of its existence until I read their ad in an airline magazine.
It's the beginning of a new month, and that's a good thing in America's schools, because life seems to get worse there as a month goes by. Students get in more trouble toward the end of the month than at the beginning.
With the U.S. economy yielding firmer data, some researchers are beginning to argue that recoveries from financial crises might not be as different from the aftermath of conventional recessions as our analysis suggests. Their case is unconvincing.
Imagine a physics program that won't teach the theory of relativity. Or an English department that shuns Shakespeare. That would be equivalent to how U.S. schools of education treat the most effective method for teaching beginning reading.
Of all the arguments being waged over the Affordable Care Act - or, as the Obama campaign now likes to refer to it, "Obamacare" - the one dominating the Supreme Court last week is perhaps the most conceptually trivial.