Gongol.com Archives: March 2006
Brian Gongol

Humor and Good News (2006.03.09)
Corporate Leaders: Don't Emasculate Your Statuary
The dubious connection between AT&T's Golden Boy and the rise and fall of the company

Socialism Doesn't Work (2006.03.09)
Iowa Has One of the Nation's Ten Worst State Tax Climates
The Des Moines area also ranks worse than average for metro areas

Socialism Doesn't Work (2006.03.09)
French Protest Plan to Reduce High Unemployment
The plan would make job contracts more flexible for young workers -- making it easier to both hire and fire. But thousands of people protested and went on strike, saying they want their jobs to be protected. Clearly they don't understand that government-ensured "job security" also leads to government-ensured unemployment, which was one of the leading causes of this winter's riots.

Weather and Disasters (2006.03.09)
President Wants $150,000 for Every Louisiana Homeowner Hit by Katrina
If they had insurance, that money gets deducted from the payout. A classic case of a well-intended plan that will inevitably distort the efficient market outcome for everyone: What incentive will homeowners have now to properly insure themselves against disaster? If the government is going to pay to replace it anyway -- and penalize you if you paid for insurance? Helping the people is one thing, but a plan like this is going to hurt taxpayers everywhere and takes several great leaps along the road to socialism.

Threats and Hazards (2006.03.09)
Iranian Nuclear Negotiator: Stalling Talks Buys Time to Build Weapons Facilities

Computers and the Internet (2006.03.09)
Unpatched Windows Server Compromised in 72 Minutes
Security is much better when it's kept patched, but the test shows just how vulnerable computers can be