Not forever…just for now

I thought this Ruffini health care retrospective began well, but what I don’t understand is once you admit to yourself that there are market failures that hurt people that government can ameliorate…where does that leave you? Patrick says: “On health care, I have no idea what our basic guiding principle is. Seriously, I don’t.” This […]

Also refute the premise


“Let me get this straight,” the liberals respond. “You want us to throw batting-practice fastballs, off a regulation mound, to batters holding rocket launchers while we’re in the field; but when we come to the plate, you expect us to hit doctored balls thrown off a spiked Little League mound with wooden bats, or […]

We got a real Horatio Alger story here

It’s good to know that after failing at everything else in your life you can covert to conservatism and become wealthy and famous peddling righteous indignation at invented victimizations. The right-wing blogosphere is like a giant performance art piece critiquing American Meritocracy.

Hacking No Child Left Behind

It’s hard to describe how awesome it is to see that my former high school district is manipulating No Child Left Behind in such innovative ways. I’m almost proud.

Basically, NCLB school evaluation in Califnornia is based on the percent of 10th graders who pass the HS Exit Exam. It doesn’t matter if the student […]

The electoral vanguard will not be uninsured

I know that chicken little can be a useful role to play, and I want to see the health care debate pushed left as much as the next blogger, but I also feel bound to abide by certain numbers. The collective blow-up over Baucus’s bill (see TPM, Pandagon, NMMNB, & LGM), while completely justified on […]

Sin Taxes for the Financial Industry

I really wished Jeff Frankel blogged more since economists have established an (undeserved) reputation in the media as John Hodgman-style general experts, but the prominent ones who aren’t named Krugman skew decidedly right and reinforce the laissez faire conventional wisdom. That said, Frankel came through today with a post on the head of Britain’s financial […]

On Pacifism As Pathology

a softer world 470 by e horne and j comeau

I’m in a ‘social justice book club’ because I’m some sort of nerdy hippie and we’re reading Pacifism as Pathology by Ward Churchill, a book I found very persuasive in my younger, harder years. Predictably, I’m less impressed by the book upon re-reading. […]

Paging Max Baucus

Well Put Clive:

The current [homeowner mortgage] deduction costs nearly $80 billion a year in forgone federal revenues. It is available only to the minority of households—typically affluent— that itemize their taxes. Households at the margin of choosing between renting and owning are not, for the most part, itemizers. The deduction has no effect on […]

Orszagatron Comics Released!

Superhero webmaster Ethical Werewolf releases Captain Ineffective poking fun at the health care process generally and Max Baucus specifically. I’m all for that, but hope future comics will do more to feature android-Orszag fighting evil with…graphs? Charts? Really sharp graphs?

Jesus Saves, I Spend

So basically Obama decided to nationalize an up and coming Creationist theme park company just because a good Christian man was trying to steer clear of evil loan sharks taxes. Neil thinks that’s going to be a problem, but I have to ask: don’t Creationists deserve a public option too?


Begging: Not actually a mean thing that poor people do to rich people to annoy them

Sadly, today my hopes that public transit would be a panacea for anti-social behavior were, once again, dashed. PT: not a sufficient condition for people to develop enough affinity for their fellow man to avoid being mean to beggers.

Today, as I left the metro a woman was asking for money for food. Not uncommon. […]

Don’t Hate the Player

More evidence of the delusional nature of Clinton supporters:

…and the youtube primary continues to go to Obama in a landslide.

My Guy Calls It

When he runs through the numbers and facts, rather than make proclamations based on his gut, Chris Bowers is the best election analyst on the web. So, when he makes a convincing case, I feel comfortable believing him. Therefore: barring an act of god, the underdog doesn’t just beat the spread, but wins outright.

The […]

An Unreasonably Attractive Candidate

Apparently all the cool kids are running for President (Despite being an academic, nonhuman, and British respectively — not exactly a group that screams electable, or even “legally electable”), but I’m going to take a different tack and declare for National Zoning Czar. True, it doesn’t have the same aura of “President” — or exist […]

A Congress Less Creative; More Common

So this is disappointing, but I have no doubt Lessig will resurface doing exciting things elsewhere, with his Change Congress movement just the beginning.

On (Black) Nationalist Presidents

I mistakenly stumbled into the bad side of the internet today when I clicked on Steve Sailer’s name in a comment thread. For those who have been blissfully ignorant of his recent musings hack job: Michelle Obama is stupid, a clear beneficiary of affirmative action, and hates white people. It’s real hardhitting journalism.

This is […]