What We’ve Learned about All of the People Who Laughed at Joni Ernst

1. There are a lot of people who talk a good game when it comes to combating poverty, but who do not understand the history of poverty in America, or its pernicious effects upon those whose lives have been touched by poverty. 2. There are a lot of people who can't even manage to talk …

The Truly Awful Idea to Tax 529 Plans

Megan McArdle: Earlier in the week, I discussed the Obama administration's proposal to tax earnings on so-called 529 college savings plans, part of a package of tax hikes that will pay for new programs such as his proposal to make the first two years of community college free. This has been touted as a plan to hike taxes on …

Jonathan Gruber Accidentally Tells the Truth

One of the chief criticisms of those who did not like the Halbig decision is that Congress could not possibly have intended to restrict federal subsidies for coverage under Obamacare to only those states that established an exchange. Furthermore, by not taking intent into account, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was creating "an 'absurd' result." It is …

Quote of the Day (Part Deux)

A week ago, a woman was charged with leaving her child in the car while she went into a store. Her 11-year-old child. This week, a woman was arrested for allowing her 9-year-old daughter to go to the park alone. Which raises just one question: America, what the heck is wrong with you?I’m not interested in defending mothers who are under …

What We Learn from Today’s Supreme Court Rulings

The Supreme Court handed down two important decisions today. Both were rightly decided, in my view. The first was Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Eugene Volokh has a very good rundown of the case here. Note the following from his post: . . . The owners of Hobby Lobby sincerely believe that it’s wrong for them …

Paul Krugman Remains as Arrogant and Epistemically Closed as Ever

Don't believe me? Read this, in which he reviews Thomas Piketty's new book and says the following: So what’s a conservative, fearing that this diagnosis might be used to justify higher taxes on the wealthy, to do? He could try to refute Mr. Piketty in a substantive way, but, so far, I’ve seen no sign …

Picking at Piketty

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century has basically been declared the Greatest Book in the History of Ever by those on the port side of the political divide. The book declares income inequality to be a serious problem, and it prescribes massive confiscatory taxes in order to solve that problem. (I believe income immobility …

The Most Transparent Administration in History, Really Isn’t

Are we honestly supposed to believe that there weren't ulterior motives behind this move? The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census …

Barack Obama Would Like to Thanks All of the Little People

He just won a prestigious award, after all. Actually, come to think of it, the award is not so prestigious, but it is an award, and the president did win it, so I guess that counts for something. In other Obamacare news, we have the following observation from Megan McArdle: Day by day, the administration …