We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...when I think of Obama's pathological obsession with the top 2% of the population, I think of someone in an ideological death grip. And he is dragging the rest of us down with him.
The O admin hates people like me, professionals and small businessmen. They want to rape us to pay for crap we do not want and yet guys like Obama and other limo Libs have far more money in the bank than I have. I spend most of what I make, after paying my taxes and feeding my pension. (Not happy about that, but that's the way my otherwise wonderful life is right now.)
Ross Douthat pens another excellent column in yesterday’s New York Times. He observes that “obsessing about the paranoia of the masses is often a way for American elites to gloss over their own, entirely nonsymbolic failures.” For example, “Today, establishment liberals would much rather fret about the insanity of the Republican base than reckon with the unpopularity of Barack Obama’s domestic program.”
Yup. Douthat's column is well-worth reading for a number of the points that it makes about paranoia in American politics.
Sorry about the above link - the greedy capitalist pigs at the NYT want you to pay for reading Douthat's piece. Pay for Douthat? Gimme a break.
- How is insulting your readers a good business plan? The dead tree press has killed itself by condescending to their readers, as if journalists were some sacred font of wisdom and virtue.
- Obama Underwrites Irresponsibility — Again. It's about housing prices. I oppose the mortgage interest deduction, myself. Get rid of that and all the other government distortions of the housing market, and find out what houses are really worth. What's wrong with renting, anyway? Everybody with a mortgage is essentially renting from a bank, albeit usually in a heavily-leveraged and risky manner arranged such that you take the risk, and the bank gets paid (normally).
Politicians of all stripes hate free markets, because free markets aren't political. Free markets are just the expression of the free choices of free people. In daily life, free markets are more of an expression of a free people than is voting. Government interference with markets distorts values and pricing, mainly to buy votes so politicians can keep their easy jobs and perks and egos. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
I find it highly amusing that the New York Times pay wall didn't work when the economy was good - or good enough anyway. How logical is it that the pay wall is going to work when the economy is less than optimal?
With respect to the mortgage deduction, it has a purpose. Effectively it is a tax break. From studies I've seen, it doesn't distort the market all that much and, if I understand the issue correctly, has little to no effect on housing prices.
"Sorry about the above link - the greedy capitalist pigs at the NYT want you to pay for reading Douthat's piece. Pay for Douthat? Gimme a break."
Wrong, Barrister, there is not a paywall for NYT. It does require registration, but that registration is free, and you may use a valid but throw-away email address in your registration if you wish.
Washington Post also requires free registration, I've been registered for years and can easily read both papers' websites. The NYT did move to a paywall several years ago but later abandoned it.
Unlike WP and NYT, the Financial Times pushes users to a pay model. It is possible to register for 30 days of free access, but upon expiration there is a lag before it will accept another free registration, so the FT is harder to read without paying. The Wall Street Journal allows some pages with free access, but most require a paid subscription.
Actually, can I just — I wanted to ask a question. And—
—and I wanted to ask, actually two questions, to the audience. First, how many Canadians, would Canadians in the room please raise your hands. [ONE PERSON APPLAUDS, LAUGHTER]
We have about seven hands going up—
Okay, not as many as I thought. Okay, of those of you who are not on the panel who are Canadians, how many of you think you have a terrible health care system. [PAUSE] One, two—
JOHN DONVAN: We see—almost all of the same hands going up. [LAUGHTER]
PAUL KRUGMAN: Bad move on my part. [APPLAUSE]