Wagener: China’s paper tiger

April 27, 2011 • 0
As I approach the end of my Yale career, the International Monetary Fund forecasts the end of American economic dominance. According to the IMF, China will overtake the United States in 2016 as the world’s largest economy. Given China’s meteoric rate of GDP growth and its enormous population of 1.4 billion — almost five times »

Wagener: Finding real climate solutions

April 10, 2011 • 14
Last week, a major climate skeptic made big waves when he endorsed the view that there has been significant global warming resulting from human activities. After his unexpected testimony before Congress, global warming activists trumpeted his alleged “conversion” as proof that the United States needs to adopt a “cap and trade” carbon taxation scheme. These »

Wagener: Quit babying big business

March 28, 2011 • 1
Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is an unlikely ally of the libertarian CATO Institute, but one issue has managed to bring their views near lockstep: corporate welfare. Corporate welfare, the use of specialized grants and tax breaks targeted at specific corporations or industries, is a massive expense at a time when the federal government must »

Wagener: Hold off the unions

February 28, 2011 • 23
The news is filled with images of protests and riots around Madison, Wis. One could be forgiven for comparing the crowd sentiment in Madison with the revolutionary fervor engulfing the autocracies of the Middle East. That is, except for one critical detail: in Madison, the courageous rebel is under siege, and the forces of the »

Wagener: Tackling the new Red Menace

February 14, 2011 • 1
During the Cold War, anti-Communists often referred to the totalitarian bloc as “The Red Menace.” By 1991, the United States stood triumphant over the vanquished remains of the Communist empire as a democratic, capitalist hegemon. The old Red Menace was relegated to Reagan’s “dust heap of history.” Today, however, we face a new and far »

The Yale Anime Society: Schedule in some otaku time

February 1, 2011 • 0
“Welcome to the Club” is a weekly op-ed series, featuring columns inspired by Yale’s undergraduate organizations and written by their officers — from Anime Society to Zeta Psi. What’s there to do early on a Friday evening? Parties don’t begin until 10, and pregaming in your suite at 7:30 is generally a bad idea. Clearly, »

Wagener: A bastard — but our bastard

January 31, 2011 • 6
Open revolts in four Muslim countries may wreak havoc on U.S. interests in the Middle East; two pro-American, secular leaders have fallen and two more stand at the precipice. We stood at the sidelines as a Hezbollah-led coup overthrew Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri and as street demonstrations ended the regime of Tunisian President Ben »

Wagener: Improving teacher compensation

January 18, 2011 • 7
If you walk into a typical American public school, you’re bound to see a teacher with an impressive back-load. Stop wagging your finger; this is a column about compensation, not prurient chiding. A back-loaded compensation scheme rewards employees with significant tenure in their posts by offering a low starting wage that rises with tenure in »

Wagener: The debt stops here

November 29, 2010 • 5
On Nov. 10, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson upended Washington with a 50-page draft proposal for fiscal reform. The two co-chairmen of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform gave America’s political class a blueprint for slashing the structural deficit below 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. They propose entitlement reform, massive »

Wagener: Throw the bums out

October 29, 2010 • 14
The midterm elections next Tuesday are likely to be remembered as the moment when Americans drew a line in the sand and told the Democrats that there is no room for government from the political extreme. For four years, Democrats have controlled both houses of Congress with large majorities. Under their watch, the nation has »

Wagener: Fees for free riders

December 2, 2009 • 0
The realm of international and intergovernmental relations is eternally in a Hobbesian state of nature: by and large, life for sovereign governments is nasty, brutish and short unless one possesses the means and the willpower to deter outside governments and internal strongmen. In many nations, threats from neighboring states or internal instability make the perils »

Wagener: Revisiting the stimulus package

November 4, 2009 • 2
On Friday, the Obama administration announced that 640,000 jobs had been created or saved by the stimulus package. Almost immediately, this number came under attack from critics of the program claiming that many of those jobs were not online and that millions of jobs had been lost since Congress approved it last February. This emphasis »