Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt Click here to download a pdf
Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy By the Rev. Robert Sirico Is written so well and so conversationally it is a very easy read. Buy it on Amazon here.
WEBSITES AND BLOGS I LOVE! Click on the name to get there.
BY THE NUMBERS BLOG This is my nerd friend David's blog about economics. You've heard him on the show and now you can read his stuff too!
BLUEGRASS INSTITUTE Free market solutions for Kentucky
MICHELLE MALKIN Great blog site with interesting links
BREITBART.COM Even dead he's still shaking things up from the grave
BLUEGRASS POLITICS If you are glutton for punishment
SINGLE MOMS PRODUCE SLACKER SONS? I linked to this story last week but didn't talk about it on the air. However, I think this is VERY significant, not just because it affirms something I've been espousing for YEARS. It asserts that single motherhood is having some negative effects on our children. That two parent families, or even divorced parents with an involved dad is better for kids. Especially boys. I have been wondering aloud for many years about the social ills we are beginning to reap now that have been exacerbated by the cultural norm of baby daddies who are essentially sperm donors and nothing more. Single motherhood is the single greatest indicator of future poverty. And children who grow up in poverty will struggle mightily. Check out these two paragraphs specifically:
Liberals have tended to argue that the government should focus instead on improving economic opportunities. Jonathan Cowan, the president of Third Way, said the paper underscored that addressing social problems was a means to improve economic opportunities.
“If Democrats have as their goal being the party of the middle class, they have to come to the realization that they’re not going to be able to get there solely through their standard explanations,” said Mr. Cowan, a veteran of the Clinton administration. “We need to ask, ‘How can we get these fathers back involved in their children’s lives?’ ”
Family values may not be such a cliche after all.
BUST THE UNION CONTRACTS OR ELSE? Education Commissioner Terry Holliday sent a 6 page letter to JCPS with an action plan for failing schools. Read it by clicking here, but it is a pdf. First of all, it's a pretty clear indictment of JCPS' follow through. Lots of plans never followed up on, lots of professional development never done, etc. But the most telling part of the letter is in the suggestions. Com Holliday basically tells JCPS to wrestle control away from the JCTA. Even going so far as to suggest seperate contracts be negotiated for Persistently Low Achieving Schools. Specifically so they could "enable flexibility" to give principals "autonomy and flexibility with resources of time and personnel." Which is exactly what a charter school could do. But the jerkstores in Frankfort can't get their brown noses out of the butts of the teacher's unions long enough to do what's right for the kids who need it most. That's right, I said it.
AND THEN THERE ARE VOUCHER PROGRAMS Indiana has one of the broadest voucher programs in the country. And it was just upheld by an Indiana court. Of course, if the Catholic school system here were interested in stemming the tide of falling enrollment, they would be all over a voucher push like white on rice.
SO WHAT DID PASS IN FRANKFORT? A flurry of activity yesterday in Frankfort saw the passage of several bills. A hemp bill did pass. The pension system was propped up. The House overrode Governor Beshear's veto of the religious freedom bill. And in the best news for all of us disappointed by government, we may all be able to get drunk earlier on election day.
IS IT BECAUSE THEY ARE EDGIER OR JUST BETTER? Cable shows are kicking the butts of network programming. Why? I think they are just putting on better shows. Some say it's because of edgier content. Your thoughts?