Delta’s Oil Refinery Plan Flies Against Economic Sense
Bloomberg View, April 19, 2012Delta seems to be falling for the great fallacy of vertical integration: the belief that the inputs you get from an in-house supplier are cheaper than those you buy in the open market. But this story misses the real cost of those inputs.
Fight Birth-Control Battle Over the Counter
Bloomberg View, March 07, 2012Anyone -- a local teenager, a traveling businessman, a married mother of four, an illegal immigrant, even a student at a Jesuit university -- can walk into my neighborhood CVS any time, day or night, and, for less than $30, buy a 36-count “value pack” of Trojan condoms.
Save the Oscars With Live Voting and Hindsight
Bloomberg View, February 22, 2012Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony faces the real possibility of ratings humiliation. The Oscar telecast will almost certainly draw a smaller TV audience than the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards.
Can You Pass the ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ Test?
Bloomberg View, February 08, 2012Charles Murray knows that people who read fat books of social criticism aren’t normal. They weren’t normal when the books had titles like “The Affluent Society,” “The Hidden Persuaders” and “The Organization Man,” and they aren’t normal today.One way they aren’t normal is that they expect to do well on exams.
Iron Lady Falls to the Anna Quindlen Doctrine
Bloomberg View, January 11, 2012“The Iron Lady,” the new biopic starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, was controversial before audiences even saw it, largely because of its portrayal of the aging former prime minister’s dementia.
How Art History Majors Power the U.S. Economy
Bloomberg View, January 04, 2012There’s nothing like a bunch of unemployed recent college graduates to bring out the central planner in parent-aged pundits.