Critical MASS Top 10 Reads of the Week – November 4, 2011

Nice to see a quality debunking of the infrastructure meme that is just as common here in MA as nationally…

The U.S. infrastructure argument that crumbles upon examination – Charles Lane [Washington Post]

All right-thinking people agree: America’s infrastructure is in bad shape. The only debate is over how bad. Is our infrastructure “increasingly third-world” – per Slate’s Jacob Weisberg – or a “national disgrace” and “global embarrassment” – as Barry Ritholtz suggested in a recent column for The Post?

Data seem to support this gloomy conventional wisdom. In the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) latest Global Competitiveness Report, the United States’ infrastructure ranked 23rd, behind that of Malaysia and Barbados. Barbados!…

Last week I heard that obesity was the “new global warming.”  Seems there’s more than one…

For liberals, income inequality is the new global warming – James Pethokoukis [The Enterprise Blog]

Liberals think there are lots of ideas that intelligent Americans just aren’t supposed to challenge. If they do, they’ll be labeled “deniers,” intentionally raising a nasty comparison to Holocaust rejectionists. It’s politics at its absolute lowest.

Among the unchallengeable dogmata: the Obama stimulus created millions of jobs, Obamacare will save trillions of dollars, Dodd-Frank prevents future bank bailouts, and policy uncertainty isn’t an issue hampering the recovery. And, of course, global warming poses an existential threat to civilization and humanity. Make that an “undeniable” threat.

You can now add “income inequality” to the list, thanks to New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait…

Read the rest of these columns, plus:

Ponnuru on why Perry’s flat tax is a loser;

McGurn on the decreasing value of college;

An excellent bit of education wonkery from AEI and Heritage;

Local favs Graham and Jacoby on utilities and the occupations, respectively;

Mitt’s plan to tackle spending and debt;

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