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.
...Hillary and Bill made it clear in 1993 that their goal was use health care to create a huge new middle-class entitlement, thereby positioning the Democratic Party as the purveyor and protector of these middle-class benefits in the same way that (back in the day) the Democratic Party wooed the elderly by being generous with Social Security.
Biofoolishness at Blue Crab. I was about to comment that Rufus will have something to say about this, but I see he has already engaged Gaius in the comments.
If the USA had completely ignored the 9/11 attack - just shrugged and rebuilt the building - it would have been better than the real course of history. But that wasn't a political option. Even if anyone privately guessed that the immune response would be more damaging than the disease, American politicians had no career-preserving choice but to walk straight into al Qaeda's trap. Whoever argues for a greater response is a patriot. Whoever dissects a patriotic claim is a traitor.
Initially, there were smarter responses to 9/11 than I had guessed. I saw a Congressperson - I forget who - say in front of the cameras, "We have forgotten that the first purpose of government is not the economy, it is not health care, it is defending the country from attack." That widened my eyes, not so much for agreement, as for that a politician could say something that wasn't an applause light. The emotional shock must have been very great for a Congressperson to say something that... real.
But within two days, the genuine shock faded, and concern-for-image regained total control of the political discourse. Then the spiral of escalation took over completely. Once restraint becomes unspeakable, no matter where the discourse starts out, the level of fury and folly can only rise with time.
That Krugman--what a scamp--now he's pretending like he's for Hillary, so that we will think he's REALLY for someone else, so that we'll vote for Hillary, on the basis that he has such a humongous string of misprepresentions tagging along behind his name in that darned "Krugman archive".
I get a kick out of the way Donald Luskin, who as a sort of demonic hobby loves to absolutely demolish (with logic & excellence) Krugman's columns, always refers to him--truthfully--as "former Enron consultant Paul Krugman".
I also read the Overcoming Bias post and the comments. I was reminded of Cowslip's Warren in Watership Down.
Assistant Village Idiot
After reading Overcoming Bias I wondered if all the terrorist attacks against America and her interests around the world over more than two decades, culminating in two attacks on American soil, were not sufficient provocation for some serious reaction. I don't think that our current enemy is going to show up on our shores in a properly uniformed army.