End of the week links:
- After a week of Supreme Court talk, E.J. Dionne focuses on the bottom line: the conservative wing of the Court is the real “activist” wing.
- Here’s a bit of outright stupidity. The GOP proposed a version of Obama’s budget with all the detail erased in order to force the entire House to vote against the flimsy bill. The reason? So they can say that Obama’s budget was defeated unanimously.
- New York City has released a list of words that it proposes to ban from standardized tests. The media is chastising the move as political correctness run amok, but while some of these words are ridiculous, most of them seem like logical cultural references that have no place in a standardized test.
- This would be the dumbest thing I heard this week, but people who still quote Hayek approvingly are excluded from that competition because otherwise they would win every week. The article begins with the consistently quoted, yet entirely untrue claim that the Obama administration ever promised unemployment under 8% (in a preliminary memo one official projected 8% unemployment based on the assumed scope of the crisis they were inheriting — upon taking office, they revised the number upward) and concludes with the empirically denied claim that the stimulus has failed instead of staving off a depression.