Reader: Whistleblower says TX Planned Parenthood involved in fraud, Decline of civility in South, Obama’s reelect odds slide

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on.

New York Times blogger and number-cruncher Nate Silver, who is a liberal respected on both sides of the aisle for his election projections, says that “Obama has gone from a modest favorite to win re-election to, probably, a slight underdog.”

Canon lawyer Ed Peters has some comments on the Illinois Bishops’ statement on Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to help a pro-abortion group.

More teenagers are delaying sex.

Sen. Patty Murray, head of the Senate Democrats’ campaign efforts, says the 2012 elections will be local, not a national election.

The South, the “last bastion of civility,” sees a decline in manners.

Noted education reformer Michelle Rhees says teachers aren’t paid enough. Not so fast, says Andrew Biggs of AEI.

A whistleblower alleges that Planned Parenthood of Texas was engaged in massive Medicaid fraud.

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has now traveled to all 99 counties in Iowa.



  • Harry

    This “don’t pay the teachers” logic is so hypocritical.

    First, it’s wrong for the government to set any sort of limits on pay/bonuses for CEOs, because companies HAVE to pay top dollar to attract talent.

    Yet, apparently schools don’t need to attract top teachers. They’re just supposed to show up and teach for the pleasure of it.

    I thought the free market was always supposed to work?

    • Joshua Mercer

      Harry, how is this market free? Wages for teachers are not set in relation to the number of customers, but by elected officials. It’s possible that if the entire schooling market became a free market, that wages for teachers could rise (though, I suspect that they would stay the same or go down slightly.)

      But what basis would you call the education market a free market? The government provides its education for free (even though it is very costly). You can only get this free education if you go to the schools they create. Are any grocery stores owned by the government? Are there local grocery boards that establish the wages of cashiers? No, of course not. The grocery market is a (relatively) free market.

      • Harry

        Why would teachers not act like every jobseeker? Why wouldn’t they seek the best opportunities, including leaving teaching? Why would they settle for low-rate pay, if we expect people in other professions to not do this?

        After all, since the AEI supports the expansion of charter schools, which are all about competition, it seems kind of weird they don’t support the idea of competition in public schools.

  • Brian C

    Glad to see a link to Nate Silver’s article, his blog and this one are the two I read most frequently.



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