Dan Cooper

Some of the problems I mentioned were the product of laissez-faire policies, but not all of them by any means. CAFÉ regulation, the petroleum policy disaster, and of course the Japanese end of the matter were all decisively not laissez-faire in nature. The whole "Big Government" vs "No go…

Really the blame game for the decline of the Automotive industry is beside the point I was making. If the industry had been abducted by aliens the result is the same. We go from having 90% of the world production to 12%. That represents a massive loss of industrial capacity in a key indus…

Washington State does not have the right to regulate interstate commerce, which is what they are attempting to do. This issue was settled at the constitutional convention in 1787 because states were attempting to do exactly this, impede the trade of other states. Moreover, Petroleum requi…

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Do not delude yourself as to the efficacy of the Chinese system. China has no difficulty coming up with new products even though that is not their goal and for good reason, coming up with new products is largely irrelevant to making a successful economy. In 1988, China had the world's 6th…

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The same way any government function is expanded. Build additional court venues. Hire more prosecutors, judges, clerks, etc.


Trump was fundamentally right, bruised egos aside. For decades, Japan has been climbing the value added ladder by sending hundreds of billions of dollars of manufactured goods to the US and limiting imports in strategic sectors. Shortly after our victory over Japan in 1945, the US still p…

Not to mention those who are not paying their fair share for the pool by virtue of not owning property.


There are two serious issues with dual enrollment. The first being that the coursework is often not as rigorous as a real college course, which naturally deprives students of the full understanding of the subject. The second is the poor transferability, dual credit is not going to be acce…

There is certainly a broken bridge and the efforts to fix it thus far are quixotic at best and sometimes counterproductive. The focus on graduation rates has long been misguided. The belief that getting everyone a diploma will allow everyone access to a better career has always been roote…

This article misses the mark in a few ways. The "data" that shows the importance of pre-school is subject to some important caveats. The first problem when measuring pre-school effects on education comes from the fact that pre-school is not universal, it exhibits self-selection bias. Pare…

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