Pandora saved?

–Lauren Ruhland, 2008 MCPP intern & Science Editor Way back in July, Hannah Mead offered up criticism of the system by which internet radio services were charged much higher royalty fees.  This weekend, it appears that the House took a break from thinking about the economy to do something about the fee structure that threatened…

NYT on Medical Studies

–Lauren Ruhland, 2008 MCPP intern & Science Editor There’s a very good article in the New York Times today on assessing and interpreting the findings of medical studies, especially in situations where the evidence seems to be contradictory.

MI house members’ bipartisanship on $700B Paulson plan

—Lauren Ruhland, 2008 MCPP intern & Science Editor Michigan’s representatives, like those from the rest of the country, were deeply divided on the Paulson plan’s vote this afternoon, which eventually failed 228-205. Michigan’s house delegation tilted toward a “nay” vote, with nine against and six in support. I’m a little surprised that during an election…

Another Good Article on “The Bailout”

It is true that the financial system must be rescued; it must be rescued from the institutions holding bad debt that are currently draining capital while waiting for a bailout and adding little in return. It is they that are preventing wealth-generating activities in the financial sector and the other parts of the economy from…

A personal tale of health care US vs. UK

–Lauren M. Ruhland, 2008 MCPP intern & Science Editor Brinley Bruton describe her own very different experiences with two bouts of pyelonephritis (advanced kidney infection), each taking place on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean.  Though it seems obvious that she preferred the care she received in the U.S., she’s still willing to see its…

Shopping in Berkeley

–Lauren Ruhland, 2008 MCPP Intern & Science Editor This Los Angeles Times article explores the Berkeley Bowl, a produce market where you can get lectured about political correctness while fighting for the chance to glance over the 40 different kinds of tomatoes. Despite its location in perhaps the most liberal city in the nation, the…

Boom and Bust

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern I am reading “Economics for Real People” by Gene Callahan and have found an interesting analogy. Daily Article by Gene Callahan | Posted on 8/9/2000 Imagine that you are a bus driver at the edge of a desert, about to take a busload of passengers across it. You have left…

Discovering the Mysteries of the Universe

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern The Large Hadron Collider — a $9 billion particle accelerator was built underground on the border of Switzerland and France.  The experiments will send atoms around a 17-mile tunnel in separate directions at the speed of light.  Upon collision, it has been hypothesized that there will be a “God” particle…

“Poor governance creates poor policy. That’s what we have.”

—Lauren Ruhland, 2008 MCPP intern It doesn’t get much more explicit than that.  From the Associated Press via Mlive: Michigan’s economy suffers not from a dependance on auto manufacturing but from poor governance, said Robert Genetski, an economist from Chicago. Genetski, Heartland Institute policy adviser, offered research that showed Michigan’s decline from being one of…