Monthly Archives: November 2013

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Dissolving Government Limits

***** Jay Cost writes in The Weekly Standard  The Real Price of Politics. Excerpts: Too often, debate over what government should do takes place in the abstract. But the particulars of the American system are relevant. Our government was never…

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A Hollow Modernity

Daniel Greenfield writes in his excellent blog Sultan Knish, Government is Magic. Excerpts: Modernity has to be built. It has to be constructed brick by bit by rivet by cable by people who know what they are doing. Modernity without competence is…

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Statism and Pragmatism

Words like communism, socialism and fascism are most likely to be used pejoratively: to criticize in such a way as to intentionally anger the object. While there are a few elements of socialism and fascism in our government it does…

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Lying For Justice

Mona Charen writes in The National Review,  The Lies That Sold Obamacare. Excerpt: Remember Obama’s mother? Though the airwaves currently echo with the vow, “If you like your plan . . . ,” I keep remembering Obama’s account of his mother being denied coverage…

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At the Crossroads of Capitalism

Michael Novak writes in The National Review, Democratic Capitalism  The prospering of free societies depends on certain moral and cultural practices. Sept 24, 2013 Excerpt: What I have been trying to bring out in these brief remarks on the economy and…

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The Real Minimum Wage

Kevin Williamson adds some clarity to the minimum wage debate in The Minimum-Wage Myths in The National Review Online. Excerpts: The purpose of this fight is not to hash out economic questions related to low-income people. The purpose of the fight…

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Unhealthy Medical Economics

“As with the Connecticut parking spaces, we have through the entitlements (and through the tax preferences given to employer-based medical benefits) done a great deal to encourage the consumption of health-care services while doing nothing to encourage the production of…

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The Smartest President Ever

From Thus Spake Obama by Mark Steyn in National Review. I love when humor enters politics. I love it when arrogance meets reality.  I love it when we mix the two. Excerpts: Still, as historian Michael Beschloss pronounced the day after his…

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A Time To Gloat

Jonah Goldberg writes Obamacare Schadenfreudarama in National Review Online: But as a political and ideological matter, this is beyond fantastic. For years we’ve been told that Democrats were more “reality-based,” that “facts have a liberal bias,” in the words of Paul Krugman,…

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Insincere Apologies

Daniel Greenfield writes in The Sultan Knish, Apologies from Utopia. Excerpts: This state of affairs is presumed to be so terrible that any change would be an improvement. Like trying to fix a thoroughly beat up car, the left doesn’t care…

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Uninhabitable Utopias

“There is a price to pay for being wrong in politics, but the effects are widely dispersed and time-delayed. And the pain of being wrong in politics is likely to fall on somebody other than the politician. Partly this insulation…

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The Blood of the Mind

Daniel Hannan writes a perspective of our basic government system in the weekend Wall Street Journal, The World of English Freedoms. The conceit of our era is to assume that these ideals are somehow the natural condition of an advanced…

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The Proper Fate of Charisma

Fouad Ajami writes When the Obama Magic Died in the Wall Street Journal, 11/15/13. Excerpts: The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings. Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been…

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Unscrambled Eggs

From Thus Spake Obama by Mark Steyn in National Review. I love when humor enters politics. I love it when arrogance meets reality.  I love it when we mix the two. Excerpts: On Thursday, he passed a new law at…

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Five Million Cancellations

Jonah Goldberg writes Obamacare Schadenfreudarama in National Review Online: Here’s a number that isn’t tiny: Five million people — and counting — have lost their health insurance, despite the president’s years of “you can keep your plan” promises. The president has apologized, sort of.…

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Measurable Objectives are Worthless

An awesome speech from a high school senior.   “If everything I learn in high school is a measurable objective, I have not learned anything,” Young proclaimed. “I’d like to repeat that. If everything I learn in high school is…

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A Third World Health Care Experience

Jonah Goldberg writes Obamacare Schadenfreudarama in National Review Online: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it took about five minutes for liberals to cast the chaos and confusion of the disaster as a searing indictment of not just the Bush administration but…

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The Bernie Madoff Health Care Plan

Jonah Goldberg writes Obamacare Schadenfreudarama in National Review Online: The hubris of our ocean-commanding commander-in-chief surely isn’t news to readers of this website. He’s said that he’s smarter and better than everyone who works for him. His wife informed us…

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The Pragmatic Trap

“The backup philosophy for business is pragmatism. In fact, pragmatism is systematically taught in business schools. Many business leaders are proud to be called pragmatists. Pragmatists do “what works.” They are “practical.” However, actually being practical requires that we act…

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97 Per Cent

James Taylor writes in Forbes: Global Warming Alarmists Caught Doctoring ’97-Percent Consensus’ Claims: Viewing the Cook paper in the best possible light, Cook and colleagues can perhaps claim a small amount of wiggle room in their classifications because the explicit…

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