Michael Cannon describes how the self-selection process in politics works against my ideas for reforming health care.

“Insulation” is another term for spending Other People’s Money. Politicians are predisposed not to see spending Other People’s Money as a problem, because spending Other People’s Money is what politicians do for a living. If politicians thought there were something wrong with it, they would be in a different line of work.

Gerald Kanapathy lauds the educational value of blogs.

Blogging has transformed (and maybe saved) Microsoft. And it did it without being other “applications”. They were simply blogs qua blogs. Sure, there was some announcing, and there was some partner and customer outreach, and there was some public relations…but it’s not useful to break it down like this, because most of the blogs are just people writing about what they do and creating a relationship (well, many of them) between Microsoft’s employees and customers and partners and the public and other employees. And that was it.

Another example for you: the GMU economics department: Tyler Cowen & Alex Tabarrok | Robin Hanson & others | Will Wilkinson | Arnold Kling & Bryan Caplan | Don Boudreaux & Russ Roberts | Peter Boettke, Peter Leeson, Chris Coyne, Frederic Sautet. Are they doing more for the world via their blogs than, say the Harvard department via their New York Times columns?

Paul Mulshine gives a one-line summary of Oil Econ 101.

We don’t need alternate fuels. We need alternate politicians.

If that sounds overly glib, read Mulshine’s whole piece, which explains why a gas tax or carbon tax is better than all the nonsense legislation that is on offer from Congress.

Ed Glaeser writes,

Senator Obama’s plan focuses on making impoverished places more successful with funding for public transportation and community centers while Mr. Edwards wants to give housing vouchers directly to a million people…

I am no supporter of Mr. Edwards, but he is right to focus more on helping poor people than poor places.

Thanks to Greg Mankiw for the pointer.