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.
In less than 40 months, Obama destroyed the greatest bipartisan good will that any recent president has enjoyed, and has done more to discredit Keynesian neo-socialist politics than have all of talk radio, Fox News, and the internet combined. In just two years, he took a Democratic Congress and lost the House in the largest midterm setback since 1938. In other words, the people — fifty percent of whom either do not pay federal income taxes or receive some sort of state or federal entitlement or both — saw the best face of modern neo-socialism imaginable, and they were not quite sold on it.
Second, it is hard to screw up America in just four years. Look at it this way: gas and oil production has soared despite, not because of, the federal government. The rest of the world — the unraveling European Union, the Arab Spring, Putin’s Russia, aging Japan, authoritarian China, the recrudescent Marxism in Latin America — reminds us of American exceptionalism. The verdict from Wisconsin is that the statist model is over. The public union, big pension, non-fireable employee model is left only with an “après nous, le déluge“ sigh. The private sector is not doing fine, but shortly will be when it is assured taxes won’t soar, energy will be cheaper, and Obamacare will cease. The irony is that the last four years have reminded us of what we still can be, and how we differ from most other places in the world.
Monday: For this honest doubt and skepticism that the highly complex global climate models are correct you have the temerity to socially stigmatize them in a scientific journal with a catch-all term that implies that they are as morally reprehensible as those that “deny” that the Nazi Holocaust of genocide against the Jews?
Concerning a survey in the journal Nature that compared "Deniers" and "Believers" of climate science.
Tuesday: I have written before of my belief that climate has become the first post-modern science.
Garth Paltridge: Their output, together with that of other sceptics on the web, is fast becoming a practical and stringent substitute for peer review.
A substitute for peer review? Sure, that could happen, and probably overdue. Peer review isn't required, but convincing your peers is. That they have continually failed to do, because there is virtually no "output". Nearly all research is being done by mainstream scientists.
VDH: But after the Obama meltdown of April and May, I don’t think he in any way resembles the mysterious Pied Piper figure of 2008, who mesmerized and then marched the American people over the cliff.
The cliffs were the Iraq War and the 2008 financial meltdown during the Bush Administration.
VDH: But Barack Obama has lost the American center
Yet Obama is even or better in the polls.
VDH: Most of his intimate friends and past dalliances that we read about in Dreams From My Father were, we learn, just made up (“composites”)
Learned, like in, it says so, right in the book.
VDH: The most recent de facto amnesty is not just politically cynical, but unworkable. Consider that Obama himself warned on two earlier occasions that it would be legally impossible to do what he just did,
Actually, he didn't.
VDH: In just two years, he took a Democratic Congress and lost the House in the largest midterm setback since 1938.
Hmm. Who was that nobody President in 1938? What a loser!