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I have an Op-Ed over at AOL News on how the institutional structure of state pension funds allows legislatures to play taxpayers against public employees, all for political gain. Really the two groups should be aligned. I mean, one does work for the other, right? The institutional fix is relatively easy.

The lesson, as always, is that the only winners in politics are politicians.

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I’m officially blogging at the Mercatus Center’s Neighborhood Effects blog.  My first post is about Maine’s TABOR bill.  At this point, it seems unlikely to pass, although I’ve crossed my fingers and sent in my absentee ballot.

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Sometime in the near future, I’ll be blogging at the Mercatus Center’s Neighborhood Effects.  I’m very excited, and humbled, to be invited, and I hope I can add something to their excellent staff of writers.  I’ll be cross-posting here as well, but y’all should check that place out for all your state and local policy needs.

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I was out with a friend last night, and he made the assertion that Capitalist Fuck Up The Environment ™.   That’s a pretty standard argument these days, and I didn’t say anything.  My thought is that it’s a big crazy world, and environmental science isn’t yet up to the task of explaining it all.  Seems the BBC agrees, with more here.

While 98% of the earth’s heat comes from the sun, temperatures have cooled while CO2 emissions have risen.  WTF.  The article goes into depth about sun and ocean cycles, but mostly it’s a big guess.

So when we’re designing policy, how should we treat a huge unknown like the environmental impacts?  I don’t know, but I object to people who call it “climate change”.  The climate is always changing, it’s a dynamic system, not an equilibrium.

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Winner

David Harsanyi of the Denver Post smacks David Brooks around like a rented mule.  Excellent.  Brooks’ doggerel is one of the more ridiculous things I’ve read recently, I award him no points, and may god have mercy on his soul.

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I had this article recently published by the Federalist Society. Enjoy.

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