ON RIGHTS AND MARKETS.Paul Krugman in today's New York Times gives us the conservative case against expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP): to let the markets reign, and then strikes it down in a very clever way:
Suppose, for a moment, that the Heritage Foundation were to put out a press release attacking the liberal view that even children whose parents could afford to send them to private school should be entitled to free government-run education.
PEOPLE ARE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN CARS. Guess who made that profound comment and when?
It was Mitt Romneylast year, explaining the new Massachusetts health insurance policy which included an individual mandate. The policy was modeled on car insurance, and Romney explained the individual mandate in the policy with these words:
"We insist that everybody who drives a car has insurance," Romney said in an interview. "And cars are a lot less expensive than people."
MORE ON COLLEGE RANKINGS. A recent New York Timesarticle discussed the shadow side of the U.S. News & World Reports annual college rankings: It is in the interest of the colleges to game them by, say, evaluating other colleges negatively or by inflating their own apparent applicant pool so as to allow the college seem more selective: