Archive for April, 2010

Their Own Special Rules

Am I the only person troubled by the fact that Congress can subpoena documents from private companies and then parade the documents around as they shamelessly grandstand?  The Senate put on quite a show today. Maybe “show trial” would be a better phrase.
But that got me wondering about FOIA and whether someone could demand all [...]

We Were Right

Just weeks after ObamaCare has been signed into law we’re already starting to hear that the bill is going to raise the cost of healthcare.  So it turns out the majority of Americans who were called reactionaries, racists, liars, homophobes, stupid, uneducated, violent and seditious for opposing it were, in fact, right.
Will the luminaries on [...]

Of Slime and Logic Models

It’s no secret that I find the left to be a pretty disreputable bunch.  I don’t have a fancy for people who want to take my liberty away and administer my life for me.  I find their condescending we’re-so-much-smarter-than-you attitude particularly loathsome.  Perhaps that’s why I so thoroughly enjoy it when they put on display [...]

Progressive Accomplishments

Speaking of lefties on the offensive, Prof. Bernstein lists a number of progressive “accomplishments” over the last century.
alcohol prohibition; coercive eugenics (upheld in an appallingly insensitive opinion by Progressive hero O.W. Holmes); residential segregation by race …bans on private schools…judicial recall elections; and restrictions on women’s participation in the labor market…immigration restrictions….segregation in federal workplaces.
But, [...]

Imposing Morality

I was recently debating a colleague on a variety of political topics.  He kept repeating an often-heard lefty refrain, “Republicans want to impose their morality on people”.   This is a common talking point and, and best, incomplete.
Setting aside the somewhat esoteric issue of whether all laws are a reflection of morality, is it really [...]

Tax Day Tea Party

I had the opportunity today to attend the Philadelphia Tax Day Tea Party.  It was pretty much what I expected: amusing homemade signs, flags aplenty (both U.S. and Gadsden), pleasant and respectful people.  I’d even go so far as to say it was better attended than I anticipated, perhaps a few hundred people.  The speakers [...]

Who Is Open Minded?

Tyler Cowan has a link to a new paper analyzing online political reading.  One of the quotes is from the paper is:
Visitors of extreme conservative sites such as rushlimbaugh.com and glennbeck.com are more likely than a typical online news reader to have visited nytimes.com.
Setting aside the issue of whether Limbaugh and Beck are appropriately described [...]

A Simple Observation About The Left

The left exaggerates the bad elements of the country’s past (slavery and discrimination, example) as a tool to discredit the better elements (such as limited government and a can-do culture that combined to produce a uniquely prosperous nation).  Do they apply the same logic to their own history?  To quote John Boehner, “Hell no!”.
The left’s [...]

A Dangerously Selective Memory

Apropos of my previous post, I encountered this video review of some lefties during the Bush years.  The closing quote: “We’ll have to kill somebody I guess.”
But the media tells us it’s the Tea Parties that are scary and dangerous.  Riiiight.

The Lefty Echo Chamber

I am firmly convinced that the left exists in a self-congratulatory echo chamber.  This is particularly true in certain areas of the country.  One of the consequences of this is often that their logic and ideas are unchallenged, untested, and just plain sloppy.  They are not stupid or evil people.  They simply aren’t rigorous in [...]