James Pethokoukis

Volcanoes, healthcare reform and global warming

April 27, 2010

Over at Edge, a variety of scientists give their take on the Iceland volcano eruption and its impact on air travel. Two really stood out to me. The first also highlights the problem of defensive medicine; the second shows the downside to action dealing with global warming:

Government and venture capital

April 27, 2010

Stumbled across some interesting research on government support of startup businesses. First, this new piece on the Vox site:

Obama’s deficit commission and the politics of crisis

April 27, 2010

Good luck to the Obama deficit commission. In my heart, I do not believe Congress will pass huge entitlement cuts (preferable)  or tax increases without a  crisis.  (There needs to be a focus on boosting economic growth.) To quote Milton Friedman in Capitalism and Freedom: