Archive for July, 2010:

I’m a goddam 1972 Republican

I like universal health care not for any moral reason but because it encourages job mobility, enterpreneurship, takes the burden off our manufacturing industries, and leads to cheaper health care costs. I like to spend money on education because it makes our workers competitive in the international market. [...]

I’m a goddam 1972 Republican.

Jon Rogers really nails how I feel about politics these days. I usually describe myself as a neo-prudentist, but “goddam 1972 Republican” is a bit more accessible.

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The Shame Of Conservative Press

At some point conservatives need to ask themselves about the larger meaning of this kind of conduct [...] for their movement. Beyond the ethics of lying and smear[ing] one’s opponents, I would think conservatives would worry about the fact that a large portion of conservative media is dedicated to lying to conservatives. They regard their audience as marks to be misled and exploited, not as customers to be served with useful information.


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Democrats: Masters of Helping Without Being Seen

For some reason, the Democrats have let themselves be bullied into secrecy. Irrational fears of being branded “socialist” have led the party to hiding assistance programs as byzantine tax incentives. This just doesn’t make sense.

As Yglesias writes about the recent HIRE program, an assistance program doesn’t win any political leverage if no one knows about it. This same thing happened with the economic stimulus credits last year: instead of just giving people money like Bush did, the stimulus plan called for temporarily reducing Federal payroll withholding rates. While the fiscal effect is the same, taking less money than usual hardly feels like a credit. It’s no wonder that few people even realized they were getting a tax rebate.

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Americanized Doctor Who?

There are some rumblings about an Americanized Doctor Who feature film, maybe even starring Johnny Depp1. Most people forget that we already had an Americanized Doctor Who.

  1. He’d be a pretty good Doctor actually 

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