On Monday of last week, Harley-Davidson announced that it will be moving production of motorcycles destined for the European Union to somewhere outside the United States. The reason isn't hard to understand: In response to U.S. duties on European steel and aluminum, the EU enacted tariffs Friday on more than $3 billion worth of U.S. goods including bourbon, yachts and … [Read more...] about Trump and the Art of the Vandal
Megan McArdle is one of my favorite columnists, and she has a new gig over at the Washington Post, where she recently wrote an article about a fascinating just-released economics working paper that caught my eye. The authors, Jennifer Doleac and Anita Mukherjee, studied how the opioid addict population has responded to the drug naloxone becoming more readily … [Read more...] about Does Safer Heroin Use Mean More Heroin Use?
About a year ago, my friend Jennifer was mocking our current lack of school choice with this analogy to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP): ...the system we have, wherein people are given food stamps to spend at whatever store they please, is FAR better than a system wherein poor people are only able to get food from ONE specified grocery store in … [Read more...] about America’s Harvest Box: Socialism for Republicans
I know I shouldn't be picking on left-leaning goofballs (because they're powerless these days, and all the damage is being done by the right) but Kate Aronoff at In These Times has written the dumbest thing I've seen yet about the Whitefish Energy scandal.The article is titled "Repulsed by Whitefish Energy? Maybe You Also Hate Capitalism." That sounds like it might be a … [Read more...] about The Dumbest Take Yet On the Whitefish Energy Scandal
Everybody seems to be making fun of Salon these days, and I think I'm beginning to understand why. Case in point: Marcy Wheeler's post about the recent GOP debates, responding to some of Rick Santorum's claims about insurance market consolidation under Obamacare: Santorum claimed to be a lot less worried about consolidation in the watery beer market because, “There’s no town … [Read more...] about Free (Brewing of) Beer