Weekend Links

What I wish I was doing this weekend
What I wish I was doing this weekend

No posting here all last week. Lame! We’re in the middle of a marketing campaign to attract new students to our English language school before our fall semester begins on September 20th. Posting will probably be light until we push through and get back to a normal schedule.

Here are some things I was thinking about this week but didn’t really have time to write full posts on.

  • I remember being told how young and stupid I was for opposing both the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions. Never forget.
  • Speaking of being wrong about Iraq, her foreign policy judgment is the biggest reason I’m glad Hillary Clinton lost in 2008. But she was and still is a pretty good domestic policy candidate, and I think she’s the Democrats’ best chance at the White House next year. So let’s make sure this email scandal, is, you know, a scandal before it derails her candidacy.
  • Lawrence Lessig, who has laudable goals, is not going to achieve his goals by running for president.
  • I really don’t know why people keep insisting that Trump cannot win. Michael Tomasky is a politics writer I like, and here he is reviewing Trump’s new book and trying to explain the big picture.
  • What’s going on with the Ben Carson candidacy?
  • What happened to Scott Walker’s campaign? I love this sentence from a great piece by Jeb Lund on the demise of Walker:
    • “When you start speculating about a US-Canada wall, maybe you should be doing literally anything else; this gig is probably just not for you when your most recent big idea is seeing what happens when you confront a wholly unnecessary problem with a solution that’s completely insane.”
  • One of the big reasons I started this blog is a desire to find a way that explains to people who do not want to believe it that the modern Republican Party is not a party interested in real world governance in any significant way. Just look at some of its candidates’ policies: Jeb Bush insanely promising 4% GDP growth, only to be outdone by Mike Huckabee insanely promising 6% growth; Ben Carson’s inability to understand his own flat tax policy; Scott Walker’s refusal to say what he thinks about many major policy issues (does someone who is running for president not know anything about these issues, or know his opinions are so unpopular that they hurt his chances to win the election? You decide!). We can trace this kind of nonsense back to Mitt Romney supporting “self-deportation” of illegal immigrants, and then even earlier to the W. Bush administration claiming we’d be greeted as liberators in Iraq.
  • Finally, while it may sound flippant or shrill to say things like “today’s conservatism is the opposite of what liberals want today: updated daily,” I believe it’s important to see things how they really are and describe them how they really are. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.

Enjoy the weekend!


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