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From CNN: Of the 800 Americans surveyed from Feb. 7-8, 48% said the plan would help “some,” and 16% said they felt the stimulus bill would help the economy “a lot.” Only 16% said the bill would not help at all, and another 20% said it would not help much. But 55% of respondents said…

Health-infrastructure, information technology, and science research spending are clearly related to the success of our economy. They represent investments into intellectual property and human capital that increase productivity and create long-term growth. For this reason, I don’t object to the government spending money on them as a matter of policy. But Gary Becker makes an…

I am the type of person who is pretty skeptical of broad claims made by anyone.  I am a scientist after all. But I am especially skeptical of all statements made by politicians. If there is anything the past 8 years has taught me is that whenever everyone is rapt in enthusiasm, that is the…

Obama’s transition team has approached CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta for the position of Surgeon General: The Obama transition team approached Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, about becoming U.S. surgeon general, according to sources inside the transition and at CNN. Gupta was in Chicago, Illinois, in November to meet with President-elect Barack Obama on…

Why do we vote?

I always get in arguments with mathematically-inclined people about whether to vote or not. The mathematically-inclined point out very reasonably that the chances of your vote being decisive are perishingly slim. (These mathematics are explained clearly in this PBS video by economist Gordon Tullock explaining why he does not vote. Hat-tip: Marginal Revolution) But there…

US Politics Moving West

An article at RealClearPolitics of interest to those living in the Southwest. (I am looking at you, Mom and Dad.) Political observers agree that, like in the Northeast, Democrats have made gains because they have broadened their coalition to include those more supportive of gun and property rights and more open to domestic energy exploration.…

I don’t want to get into the issue of whether the nuclear storage site at Yucca Mountain is a good idea. (The folks over at SEA know a whole lot more about the subject than I do.) My gut instinct is that the whole thing will cost a fortune — and likely much more than…

Political Quote for Today

Not really a fan of Jonah Goldberg, but damn this is funny: It’s been rumored that McClellan was hired by the Bush White House to appeal to a specific sub-constituency: pasty middle-aged men with a thumbless grasp of the English language. The veracity of this rumor has long been undermined by the assumption that Bush…

Boo on you, Democratic candidates

Boo on you, Barack and Hillary. Others have this subject amply covered, but I wanted to note that Barack and Hillary have both jumped on the anti-vaccinationist bandwagon. The bandwagon is getting crowded what with McCain already being on it. Granted, Barack and Hillary did not say something as flagrantly wrong as when McCain cited…

Funny Quote of the Day

This is Megan McArdle on Cindy McCain’s gaffe. She passed recipes from the Food Network off as her own: The honorable thing to do is attribute, of course, but the McCain team still seems to be intent on pretending that Cindy McCain derives all of her recipes from First Principles. I visualize a Cindy McCain…