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.
Interesting to try and wrestle with the notion that George Will can understand the threat to the republic, that was Woodrow Wilson, but happily voted for all his policies, times ten, in the vessel that is Hillary Clinton. I guess a true intelligent, intellectual conservative, lives for the talk of conservative principals, but detests anyone that would actually implement such policies. George Will is a coward.
We ended up with a certain group of 'conservatives' as pundits who were more interested in making sure they kept getting invitations to the DC cocktail parties than actually espousing a 'conservative' philosophy.
One must have priorities in life, after all. And their 'conservative' idealism was getting in the way of the good times.
re Powerline's Hayward loves George Will's new book
Read the comments to the post over at PL.
While the book may be a scholarly triumph, it appears a substantial percentage of his potential market has been alienated and will not forgive him him for trashing Trump and voting for Clinton. They will not reward him for that by buying his book.
You and I agree on SO many issues, but I think we disagree on this point. I remember buying corn and corn flakes before our gasoline contained ethanol. The cost of both went up. Sharply.
I never drove a diesel engine truck, but I know that diesel used to be cheaper than gasoline. Now that so many tractors are needed to grow that corn for ethanol, diesel costs substantially more than gasoline (at least in my corner of Central Texas).
I wish both parties would agree to end the ethanol in our gas tanks.
Italy in Decline: We're in Milan tonight, and walked around the corner of the hotel to a bar near the train station. The a$$holes sold us a sh*t bottle of screwtop wine for 80 euro, charged us 5 bucks for a packet of Ketchup, etc. $160. Clearly a tourist trap that we fell for. Lessons learned: Read Tripadvisor or Google religiously.
As for this particular topic today, the reason Italy is in the toilet is the government allows businesses to treat its tourists this way.
Name of the place is Miniera d'Oro - Ristorante Pizzeria Bar by the way. Avoid like the plague.
I'm not in favor of a carbon tax because I know who's going to be in charge of it. No matter what a policy looks like in theory, in reality everybody's got to get a little somethin'-somethin' out of the deal and the policy in practice looks nothing like the policy in theory. It's why nothing in government works. (Or why you think it doesn't work, I should say. Government programs work just fine as long as you don't judge the results based on the stated objectives of the program but understand that any government program's primary purpose is to be a government program. Spending a billion dollars on Problem X may not do anything to address Problem X, but nobody can accuse you of not caring about Problem X or claim that you're not doing anything about Problem X - you're spending a billion dollars on Problem X aren't you?)