February 14, 2016

Archives for January 2011

Meet the Tiger Elders, with lawyers on speed-dial

Image via Wikipedia Meet the Tiger Elders, with lawyers on speed-dial. Citing the New York Times, the blog Overlawyered notes that a law has been proposed in China that would require adult children to visit their elderly parents… or face a law suit. China is facing an aging population that will increase pension and health care costs, Baby […]

Michelangelo Ristorante: upbeat Italian in the suburbs

I must have driven past Michelangelo Ristorante hundreds of times during law school, and I still do regularly. I don’t know what took me so long to try it out. Not the only restaurant on the stretch of Highland Drive just south of the intersection of Highland Dr. and 1300 E , Michelangelo Ristorante is […]

“Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does” by George Will

Cover of Statecraft as Soulcraft I recently picked up an old book by one of the more articulate columnists and thinkers I enjoy reading, “Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does” by George Will. In this circa 1983 book, Will writes in tight, literate sentences, unraveling the genealogy of conservatism, questioning what it is that conservatives really believe. […]

The answer to why Americans are OK with more spending

Yesterday, just before the State of the Union speech, I had an insightful conversation with a family member. This person is taking his first class in political science, something like a Polisci 101 class. He called me to ask some questions for an assignment he was working on. “What does ‘non-security, discretionary spending’ mean,” he […]

When Jury met Google…

Image via CrunchBase GOOGLE + JURIES = PROBLEMS? Under the constitution, an “impartial jury” is guaranteed in criminal trials. However, with the advent of the internet, Google, and online social media, impartiality is becoming more questionable, and jurors are taking over their role as fact finders out of the court room and directly to online […]

Does government spending have a multiplier effect on the economy?

If I didn’t lose you with that wonk-ish sounding title, there’s a good possibility I’ll lose you a little later, so let me summarize: new research suggests that government spending doesn’t actually help the economy all that much. Bear with me as I explain.  Some economists of the Keynesian persuasion believe that in a recession […]

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