A recent Wall Street Journal story focuses on the growth in “middle-skill” jobs in Austin, Texas. Rather predictably, the writer implies that the key is formal education, saying that it isn’t possible for other cities to quickly increase the educational level of their work forces, but the substance of the piece makes it clear that government policy toward education has nothing to do with it. The people who are doing all right in these jobs don’t usually have high levels of formal education, but use their basic skills in tandem with on-the-job training to improve their value. Politicians who keep thinking that we can improve overall prosperity simply by pouring more “education” — that is, college courses — into people should read this article.
After what seem like years of a phony war, British and European Union negotiators finally agreed on the terms of Britain’s departure from the EU earlier this week, and Theresa May announced it in the House of Commons. The deal covers more than 500 pages of legal and bureaucratic prose, and few but the ... Read More
Dear Reader (And especially Martha McSally’s dog), As I often note, I increasingly tend to see the political scene as a scripted reality show in which the writers don’t flesh out the dialogue so much as move characters into weird, wacky, confrontational, or embarrassing positions. It’s a lot like The ... Read More
Do you know what scares an American outdoorsman more than a grizzly bear? Twitter. In the late summer and early autumn, the hunting world had its eyes on the courts: The Trump administration had issued new guidance that would permit the hunting of brown bears (popularly known as grizzly bears), including in ... Read More
The world's oldest political party has developed an aversion to discretion. The Democratic party is manacled to an over-caffeinated base that believes that deft government can deliver parity of status to everyone while micromanaging the economy's health-care sector, which is larger than all but three other ... Read More
President Trump has announced his support for a proposal to ease federal sentencing laws that proponents call the “FIRST STEP Act” -- and that Senator Tom Cotton has tartly labeled the “jailbreak” bill. There may not be much time for debate, since the bill’s ideologically eclectic array of champions ... Read More