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Monthly Archives: April 2008

One of my students commented on my prior post “In for a penny, in for a pound.” My reply was getting too long for the blog editor, so I am taking this route, a post to comment on a comment. Rape and murder are a bit independent of one another but there are undoubtedly benefits […]

As we have seen recently, high energy prices along with rent-seeking from Midwestern farmers have prompted politicians in the U.S.to subsidize ethanol production.   This has raised the price of corn, other crops that grow on land that could grow corn, and other crops that could serve as substitutes for consumers for corn.   With […]

In this recent front page headline story in the Thibodaux Daily Comet, Landrieu calls for imported-shrimp ban, Sen. Mary Landrieu follows the lead of the AFL-CIO in calling for a ban on shrimp from Thailand and Bangladesh. The reason, the AFL-CIO and Sen. Landrieu cite for requesting a ban on importing shrimp from these countries […]

If you haven’t heard, the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up the Louisiana case of Patrick Kennedy, who raped his 8 year old stepdaughter. Under Louisiana law, the death penalty can be applied to someone found guilty of rape of a young child. Kennedy’s attorney claims that for rape, the death penalty amounts to cruel […]

In this article from the New York Sun on the current demand and supply of food in the U.S., the author, Josh Gerstein, seems to miss the “whys” and the “hows” that supply and demand ever come into balance in the first place. As every college student who has taken an introductory economics course should […]

Folks, I have been busy. I haven’t been posting to the old blog, but should pick up the pace down the home stretch of the semester. If you’ve missed it, baseball season has begun. My beloved Cubbies haven’t won a world series in 100 years, so they are due. And then I came across a […]

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