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Reason Alert: President Obama’s Nobel Prize

Plus what states have done on health care reform and who's to blame for California's budget mess

Reason Alert: October 9, 2009

– Video: President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize and Heisman Trophy
– What President Obama’s Nobel Prize Says About the World
– The Lessons of Previous Health Care Reforms
– Don’t Blame Voters for California’s Budget Woes
– Ayn Rand’s Place in American Intellectual and Cultural Life
– New at Reason Video: President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize and Heisman Trophy

What President Obama’s Nobel Prize Says About the World
“Among many other things, this selection illustrates the United States’ way-too-oversized role in the world’s imagination. And it shows how people-almost touchingly-remain suckers for likeable politicians who replace guys they hated, investing in them a kind of faith mere mortals usually don’t merit. As Chili Davis famously (and presciently) said about Dwight Gooden, ‘He ain’t God, man.'” – Reason magazine Editor-in-Chief Matt Welch

The Lessons of Previous Health Care Reforms
In The Wall Street Journal, Reason magazine’s Peter Suderman writes, “Like participants in a national science fair, state governments have tested variants on most of the major components of the health-care reform plans currently being considered in Congress. The results have been dramatically increased premiums in the individual market, spiraling public health-care costs, and reduced access to care. In other words: The reforms have failed…Despite these state-level failures, President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing forward a slate of similar reforms. Unlike most high-school science fair participants, they seem unaware that the point of doing experiments is to identify what actually works. Instead, they’ve identified what doesn’t-and decided to do it again.”
Health Care Research and Commentary

Don’t Blame Voters for California’s Budget Woes
In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Reason Foundation’s Shikha Dalmia, Adam Summers and Adrian Moore write, “Whatever the wisdom of ballot initiatives that protect some programs from cuts, they are not the root cause of California’s fiscal disaster. That cause is the government’s spending addiction. From 1990 to 2008, California’s revenues increased 167%, but total spending soared 181%.”
California Research and Commentary

Ayn Rand’s Place in American Intellectual and Cultural Life
“Contempt has long been the standard literati response to Rand. Like Jack Kerouac, Rand is typically written off as a writer whose basic appeal is to maladjusted adolescents, a sort of vaguely embarrassing starter author who is quickly outgrown by those of us who develop more sophisticated aesthetic and ideological tastes. There’s more than a small degree of truth to such a characterization, but the extreme prejudice with which Rand is dismissed belies a body of work that continues to reach new audiences. Given that critical context and the recession-driven boomlet in Randian thought, Ayn Rand and the World She Made and Goddess of the Market are not simply well-timed explorations of an enduring writer. They are essential guides to contemporary American politics and culture.” – Editor Nick Gillespie
Brian Doherty: Why Ayn Rand Is Hot Again
From Reason’s Archives: Ayn Rand at 100

New at Reason Video: Light Bulbs vs the Nanny State

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Obama and the Socialist Canard
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Transfer Machine
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Scenes From a Crackdown
Police overkill at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh
Radley Balko

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