Looking at this Dry-Eyed

December 29, 2010

It will ultimately be helpful to the Republican party if these allegations are true.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/12/feds_open_criminal_investigation_into_christine_odonnells_campaign_spending.php

Actually, based on having endured her ‘concession’ speech on election night, I’m actually hoping they are true.

 

Thinking back. . .

December 20, 2010

Remember the erupting volcano last summer that was going to forever change air travel?

I barely do, but it was a fixture of the news and conversation for a week or two. Then it disappeared. But when the story was alive it was played as a modern Armageddon.

That one was fairly short-lived. But then there are things like Global Warming, which isn’t going to happen either. Thus, the strategy of renaming it “climate change.” Ingenious, but no one’s going to buy it.

Along these lines there was the coming ice age as advanced in the late 70’s, the Malthusian limits of growth hypothesis a few years before, and Acid Rain in the 80’s.

I’m sure there are a lot of these short or long-term, soon-to-be-forgotten disasters of the moment.

Can you help me identify any others?

 

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/254946/swindle-year-charles-krauthammer

But it’s still not a done deal and I haven’t seen a summary of the spending increases authorized by the bill.

Also I’m not sure I agree with his metaphor. He’s equating government spending by borrowing to be equivalent to lowering tax rates and funding other spending by borrowing. It could be the same thing, but one would have to think it through.

And if it is the same thing why will it decrease unemployment by 1.5% when Krauthammer would say the first “stimulus” did nothing?

Regardless of all this his central point could still be true. This agreement helps Obama’s chances in 2012, which was Jeff’s point.

Krauthammer on Wikileaks

December 3, 2010

Pretty much along my line of thinking.

If Julian Assange doesn’t have much to fear from this administration, then who does.

The reason this administration didn’t react earlier to this is the same reason our Secretary of State couched the damage done in terms of the “International Community” rather than “American Interests.” When I heard her say it, I cringed, as apparently, did Krauthammer and probably several million other thinking Americans.

The people in charge of this country are post-American. They think people (like me) who think in terms of “interests” are retrograde.

And I still assert when it comes to foreign policy our President is very much motivated by the belief that the country he leads is the problem. This makes him an unlikely advocate for its interests.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/02/AR2010120204561.html