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.
Jewish suffering has been universalized into multicultural pablum that has nothing to do with Jews anymore. The hijacking of Jewish history has been so comprehensive that Jews have become the new Nazis in the mythology of multiculturalism. They wear uniforms, don't they. They have a state that they're proud of. And they're fighting against all the Mohammed Merahs who only kill because they haven't gotten their fill of tolerance. Clearly Jews are the new Nazis.
At the prices they charge for a college education, it has to be a work credential program. Only the wealthy could afford the luxury of spending that much money for a 4 or 5 year vacation that doesn't offer tangible benefit for employment.
In addition, in all the advocating college for everyone, it is always in relation to good employment. The intrinsic quality of a college education didn't rear its head until the better employment meme started faltering. Yet, even now, in the next breath, we get the disdain for teaching undergraduates, the promotion of research and the complete lack of willingness to offer a classical college curriculum bereft of PC pablum courses.
As do I, but I can't help thinking that there is something about Rubio that could blow up in Romney's face - just a feeling I have - nothing concrete.
I'm in the Jindal camp. The guy is impressive, a policy wonk, smart and he knows health care inside and out. His speechifying can be corrected - that is one problem with him that needs work.
I've seen some speculation lately about Niki Haley - meh. I will say this for Haley - she handled the "good old boy" network down here like a pro and that was very impressive. She is not overly good looking like Palin was, but not bad either. She is smart, engaging and plain spoken - the problem is that she's made some stumbles that didn't look good for the state in general.
I'm looking at this from a different perspective. Romney is going to have to have a VP candidate that attracts from a broad spectrum of voters and not just one or two particular segments of the population. That means either Christie or Ryan - probably Christie more than Ryan but either would do. Both are smart, capable, have a lot of experience at several levels. I can't see Portman as a general candidate.
Ezra Klein's article, in which he says health insurance and warming are more important than the budget deficit, is incredibly misguided.
To some degree, the deficit is a symptom of a larger problem. That larger problem is the desire of some to spend a lot of money to make issues like health care and warming go away. Try as you might - you can't. Just like education, where we have tried to spend our way to a more intelligent population, we have only dug a deeper hole for ourselves.
Spending doesn't fix anything. There are choices that have to be made. Those choices can't be made at a Federal level, because to make them work properly you have to force people to do things a particular way - and we all know what that means.
Instead, if Klein really believes that health care is a problem, then he should write articles encouraging people to exercise, purchase basic insurance, get annual check ups and eat right. It will get boring, it won't win an audience, but it will be honest.
If he's concerned about global warming, he can stop driving his car, flying to vacations, and stop using air conditioning in the summer and heating his home in the winter. He can write about that, too.
But demanding that we pay to fix every little problem really isn't a solution, it's a deflection of responsibility.
It's important to get stories out about Romney's life and character. HOWEVER, we are not electing a talk show host - we are electing a president. The most important thing is competence (sadly lacking in the current occupant of the White House) not the candidate's ability or lack thereof to "feel our pain." Remember where that got us.
Spend some time in the hives of Progressivism and you’ll find that Rmoney is almost regarded as a non-factor. Sure, they mock his gaffes, but there’s none of the vitriolic bile generated by Santorum or Gingrich or even Paul.
Mitt is a good statist puppy. He might mess on the rug sometimes, but everyone seems to agree he’s trainable. Send a bland cucumber to DC and he’ll get pickled by power much more quickly than the brine of corruption will get purified.
But a very large number of the other 200 odd law schools in the United States might serve their students better if they turned the JD into a shorter, skills-based course providing hands-on experience at a cost that won’t throw young Americans into debt peonage.
I pretty much agree with this. After a year & a half of law school I could have started a practice and fared no worse than I did when I started practicing law after another year & a half of school. That said, because I've got a bit of an academic bent, I completely enjoyed the last year & half of school. I indulged myself a bit, taking courses like Admiralty Law just because I was interested, not because I intended to practice in that field.
A law student can easily get through law school, pass the Bar, and remain fretfully ignorant of the nuts & bolts of practicing law. "Rule Nisi? What the heck's that?!!"
My school (Georgia State Law School) actually did an okay job of requiring some practical learning, like a mandatory litigation course covering the basic discovery and jury trial practices. The school also has extensive contacts with the Atlanta business and legal communities, and with local and state government, so there are plenty of opportunities for practical internships.
But if I hadn't taken a course in my third year specifically tailored to law practice in Georgia, I would have been even more bewildered than I was when I set up on my own.