Category Archives: Politics

Market Failure — Fixing Flats

Friedman rightfully pops a cork over Nardelli’s spin that Detroit is asking for $25 billion to innovate, not as a bailout:

It wasn’t a bailout, he said. It was a way to enable the car companies to retool for innovation. I could not help but shout back at the TV screen: “We have to subsidize Detroit so that it will innovate? What business were you people in other than innovation?” If we give you another $25 billion, will you also do accounting?

The budget of US DOE basic research is $4.7 billion — and that IS for innovation.  Total NSF budget is less than $7 billion.  Total NIH budget is approx. $28 billion.  Who knows how much DOD is spending.  Nonetheless… Why do we need to subsidize the private sector to innovate?

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Public Values – Election Day

The electorate is angry and scared.  Those emotions may not get much press — but I wager the emotions will drive incumbents from office in large numbers today.

To fun stuff:

Predictors

The Redskins lost — which means the White House incumbent party loses the White House (100% correlation since 1936)

Dixville Notch — Obama – 3-1 (15-5)

Andrew Bergh, a student at university of Franklin Pierce, said today’s election result at Dixville Notch is unexpected because this palace is Republicans’ area. The result may be an indicator for Obama’s victory. China View

Read Nothing into this.  Ben Smith’s Blog

President Bush won the town in 2004.  Jonathan Martin’s Blog

My wife just finished voting (7:33 am) only a one hour wait — Heavily Republican precinct.

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College is not a democracy

The Chronicle has a column by Naomi Schaeffer Riley, a conservative writer whose credits include the WSJ and National Review, advising students that colleges do have rules.  Whether you are from the right or left — your freedoms end where the campus rules begin.   More to the point:

But by now, students, or at least their parents, should know better. Students on the right should realize that politically correct speech has been a campus requirement for a long time, regardless of whether administrations are willing to acknowledge it. And that many secular universities are unwelcoming, if not
downright hostile, toward strongly religious and politically conservative students. Meanwhile, the aspiring student activists on the left might do themselves a favor by finally noticing that universities are corporations
run by grown-ups, who have to think about budgets and alumni giving and public relations.

So students should follow the advice of consumer advocates and relationship counselors when it comes to picking a college. Read about the product before you (or your parents) hand over money for it. And don’t enter a relationship thinking you’re going to change it.

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Judgements

If you have perused my posts, especially those dealing with policy and/or legislation, you will note that I make judgements on the intent of those promoting their policies.  Many times, I find that my initial judgements were ill informed.  Those times are the result of talking to the initiator, listening, then making an assessment of the policy intent.

I keep telling myself I will learn not to jump to conclusions, or at least, to wait until the advocate of a policy matter either clearly annunicates his or her position or proves to be without credibility.  Discourse is good.  Debate is honorable.  Losing is not bad.  Poor judgement, however, is devastating.

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Dead poets and politicians

Actually, the way society respects each is diametrically opposed.  Dead poets, at least the good ones, rise in respect. Dead politicians (dead in the political realm, not corporeal), well, as a friend once said:

No one wastes goodbyes on  dead politicians

Anon

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Intellectual Diversity

A bill has just been introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives that revives discussion from 4 years ago, led by Mr. Horowitz, alleging that Georgia’s public colleges were led by communists and liberals and thus our students were being forced to learn things that they did not agree with.

Oh, Mr. Horowitz also testified to the Georgia Senate in 2003 stating that K12 administrators were even worse — calling them “Stalinists.” I guess he would know, being a Berkley educated communist himself.

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Commandment No. Heh?

Last month, I asked what happened to the promised rate cut for malpractice insurance.  Today, AP asks the same question.  Guess what — in some cases, rates doubled.  The largest insurer, MAG, which promised the cut, froze rates but refuses to talk to the press.  Here is the quote of the day:

"I feel like I've been duped," Thrasher said. "(The debate) pitted doctors against lawyers because I think there's a natural rivalry, but a lot of my colleagues were hoodwinked."

Morally speaking, Political Insider hits the pandering nail on the head when they note a Republican who advocated the Ten Commandments display could not name more than 3.  I guess knowing the commandments is not as important as knowing where to find them, in a pinch.

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Reason # 1 for a special session

This morning's editorial in the Macon Telegraph unveils the not-so-secret strategy for this fall:

A similar same-sex amendment in Louisiana, which also has a single-subject requirement, had already been struck down by a state court prior to Georgia's vote. So, why didn't the governor and Legislature fix the amendment? Simple politics.

The effort to ban same-sex marriages, though already illegal in Georgia, was part of a nationwide political strategy to energize the conservative base of the Republican Party. In 2004, 11 states overwhelmingly passed same-sex marriage bans.

Perdue is right in one respect, the people of Georgia did know what they were doing when they voted to ban same-sex marriages. It was their elected officials who knowingly messed up the process and are now going to add insult by needlessly appealing the judge's decision.

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Theocracy — that is her goal

Ms. Sadie Fields is expressing her unrighteous indignation over a Judge's ruling that the amendment to the Georgia Constitution (adopted with more than 76% approval in 2004) was improperly framed.

Two quotes are worth reviewing:

“We're looking to Thurbert Baker to do the right thing and vigorously defend what the legislature has done and the will of the people — 77 percent voting that we want marriage defined as one man, one woman, period,” said Fields. WXIA

"We will be back, and we will ensure that marriage in the state of Georgia is defined biblically as being between a man and a woman." AJC

As to the first quote, I imagine she thinks Al Gore should be president today.  If it weren't for the activist judges on the US Supreme Court, he would be.

And, a majority of Georgians voted for the Constitution which sets the rules for how ballot issues should be managed.  Those in charge failed to follow the will of the people in designing the ballot issue, a strategy which the Judge faulted in her reasoning.  So, who is failing to follow the will of the people – the legislature, sworn to protect the Constitution, or the judge, also sworn to protect and uphold the Constitution?

As to the second, well, that says it all.  Any government using the Bible as its supreme document for governance is a theocracy for all practical purposes — something our founding fathers struggled to avoid.  But, a theocracy is precisely what Ms. Fields wants.

BTW, amendments were offered to fix this problem BEFORE the amendment appeared on the 2004 ballot.  Republicans defeated the amendments as unnecessary.  Now, if this were a business, I'd be severely questioning the decisions of managers that have caused such consternation amongst a majority of the customers.  But, perhaps that was the plan all along….

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Dark or Light?

Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal opines in today's issue that blogs may so reduce our inhibitions to the point we will live as though we are all residents of South Park.

Mr. Henninger seems to try to stay calm despite his jump to that conclusion.  Nevertheless, his concern is amplified by many, especially those from the fundamentalist religions, who believe the Internet must be regulated or we will all face moral extinction.Because so many fail to see the Internet for what it is, many fail to see the Internet for what it is.  It is and can be the message board on the public square (of course, executions were held for those who dare post treasonous messages, back in the day).  It can be the greatest invention mankind has seen since the wheel.  And, it can be regulated to death by those same people who see Harry Potter as a design to get children into witchcraft instead of the fire lighting their imaginations and creating one of the greatest revivals in reading in recent memory.So, we can choose to take our society into the dark ages, or to go forward into the knowledge ages.  Our choice. 

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