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.
The obesity epidemic is a convoluted way of saying that the problem with government health care is the people. But that's not the problem. Obesity may not be healthy, but if we ban sodas and force everyone to exercise in the yard before work, the numbers still won't balance. Because the real problem with government health care is government.
When offering a product or service, the most elementary thing to do is calculate the cost of making the product and the price that people are willing to pay for that product. If you can't bring the two together, then you don't have a product. You have a disaster waiting to happen.
Obama promises the progressive agenda — more executive aggrandizement, more marginalization of Congress, more latitude for unaccountable experts to supervise our lives, more regulatory suffocation of society. Romney promises the reverse.
Andrew Klavan: Or consider, finally, that we were born into the freest, strongest, and wealthiest nation that mankind has ever known—and elected as our president a man who promised to “fundamentally transform” it.
America is the freest, strongest, and wealthiest nation, because it is constantly transforming itself. From its very inception as a Republic, to the revolution of Jacksonian democracy, to a Civil War that ended slavery and forged a unified nation, to the Progressive era that brought women the vote and workers a safer and more productive work environment, to America's emergence as a world power, the New Deal once again forging closer national ties critical to the fight against fascism and communism, the Civil Rights movement ending segregation, the space age, the environmental movement, the information age, America keeps transforming itself. When America stops transforming itself, then it will not longer be the freest, strongest, and wealthiest nation.
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I vividly remember reading the paper that McArdle refers to but had completely forgotten the names of the authors and certainly never made the connection to Elizabeth Warren. What I do remember is that at the time I read it I thought it was among the worst "professional" (can I dignify it that way?) publications I had ever read. Now I happen to know a little bit about research and about publishing research, having read many tens of thousands of professional research publications in my life and written more than just a few of my own, so it was not much of a stretch for me to personally critique an article that, I will admit, was outside my area of expertise. But I do remember thinking to myself that had I written such a poor paper what a sense of enduring shame I would have had. It comes as no shock for me to learn, therefore, that Elizabeth Warren was one of the perpetrators involved in that dreadful paper. Elizabeth Warren a law scholar? Sorry, no, just another incompetent affirmative action hire.