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February 12th, 2015

The diminishing returns of today's homeownership policies

    It's official: Over the past couple of decades, the United States spent vast amounts of time, energy and, above all, money - both private and public - to raise the national rate of homeownership, with exactly nothing to show for it.

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Obama's budget pursues fairness, not 'envy'

    "Envy economics" - that's how Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, characterized the budget that President Barack Obama submitted to Congress on Monday.

    I suppose he has a point.

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Do Liberals Really Have A Free Speech Problem?

    This just in: "Study Finds Fruitcake Right, Anti-gravity Left Share Similar Traits, Tactics."

    OK, so I made that up, although I'm confident that there's no end of psychological studies confirming the observation. Ever known somebody who did a 180-degree ideological switcheroo, say from the Progressive Labor Party to the Ayn Rand Marching and Chowder Society? Were they less dogmatic and morally superior afterward?

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Can college kids take a joke?

    Chris Rock has stopped performing on college campuses, he said in a recent interview, because college audiences are getting "way too conservative."

    "Not like they're voting Republican," he said in an interview with Frank Rich published in Vulture. "But in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody."

Bruce Jenner's Courage

    When I was a growing up, yearning with my pals to be a track star, one of our heroes was Bruce Jenner. He won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in the decathlon, and he adorned our Wheaties boxes. We all wanted to be Bruce Jenner.

    I haven't thought much about him in years. But Jenner is in the news again, widely reported to be preparing to come out as a transgender woman.

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'American Sniper' Moral

    Things we can learn from "American Sniper":

    You know the movie, right? It has not only been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, it could wind up selling more tickets than the other seven nominees combined. Plus, it's triggered a left-right controversy that makes the old dust-up over "Duck Dynasty" seem like a tiny cultural blip.

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A Sweet Spot

    I don’t have any cute photos of my daughter’s chubby face smeared with frosting from her first birthday party. Already pregnant with my son, I’d become a child nutrition zealot in response to my double dose of motherhood.

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A neoconservative 'Prince of Darkness' gets behind Gov. Walker

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is suddenly a hot Republican presidential prospect, may be getting hotter. Though some consider Walker's lack of foreign policy credentials a hurdle to a nomination, he has earned praise from a prince of neoconservatives, Richard Perle.

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A GOP outbreak of scientific illiteracy

    Move over Michele Bachmann. Here comes the 2016 Republican presidential field, on the scientifically indisputable but ideologically fraught issue of vaccination.

    You may recall Bachmann's campaign implosion in 2011, when the then-Minnesota congresswoman warned of "very dangerous consequences" to the HPV vaccine, citing a woman whose daughter "suffered mental retardation as a result."

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A Bailed-Out Banker Lectures about Fairness

    Jamie Dimon is annoyed. He’s fed up with the populist attitude that’s sweeping the country. He’s not going to take it anymore.

    That’s why he recently bleated to reporters that “banks are under assault.”

    Well, not every bank. He was talking about JPMorgan Chase — America’s largest Wall Street empire, which Dimon heads.

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