Thursday, April 30, 2009

Going gentle into that dark night

Koh confirmation hearings go off quietly.  Republicans conclude that issue of sovereignty is not a vote getter.

Thank Heaven he is an idiot

If Biden weren't known to be a complete fool this helpful advice from the Vice President might be cause for concern. You can't fix stupid. No reason to panic and avoid going to Mexico--that might hurt the economy--just stay away from any mass transport. 

The more you see of Biden the more you have to appreciate Palin.  Her crime was not saying anything when she didn't know anything. That is so not the worst thing to have in a politician.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What Has Obama Done for Mississippi?

A reporter came by from the local NPR station and asked me how I thought the first 100 days of the Obama presidency had affected Mississippi. 

The questions is a difficult one because on the face of it the administration has brought a lot of money into Mississippi.  How can you argue with more money? But that is a deceptive way of looking at it.

The worst thing he has done to Mississippi doesn't have anything to do with Mississippi on the face of it. The worst thing he has done to Mississippi is what he has done for Michigan.  By propping up the remains of the Chrysler and GM he has choked off Mississippi's main source of future growth.  In the act of "saving" the US car industry he has robbed it of its future. The US has some great car companies.  Two of them, Nissan and Toyota, have major operations right here. They employ American workers at high wages, export to other countries and pay their managers reasonable salaries--unlike the Big Three.  Precious capital has been wasted on rent-seeking unions and managers and the expansion of the thriving American companies has been choked off.

That is the danger of creeping socialism--it seems to be helping when actually it is hurting you. The people helped (and the UAW members are certainly being made better off by Obama) remember you but the people being hurt don't even see the wound.  

Sunday, April 19, 2009

More Hypocrisy, Please!

If hypocrisy is the tribute virtue pays to vice vice must be running pretty low on funds at this point in the Obama administration.  When asked why his position on travel restrictions to Cuba had changed since 2004 Obama joked, "2004, that seems just eons ago," Obama said. "What was I doing in 2004? Oh, I was running for Senate, there you go."

So, he said what was politically convenient when running for office and now thinks it is funny?  This isn't even hypocrisy, this is insouciant contempt for voters.  It is some sort of giant practical joke being played on us by the mandarinate.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Theories and proof

Lavoisier had a theory of heat, that it was a substance called "caloric" that was an actual element on his periodic table, that displaced the real theory for decades.  It is an interesting case in that the theory was durable not only because of Lavoisier's great accomplishments in science but also because the theory explained so much. It was a great theory except that it was completely wrong.  Link to the Nova documentary. An interesting parallel might be drawn in politics. Theories and world views can survive in politics even longer because they are attached to something even more powerful than a scientist's reputation and can make "explain" an even broader range of phenomena.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Detroit turns around

Thought Detroit was going down hill?  No worries!  They have solved the problem of their declining population: they now have more registered voters than they have residents!  Don't you see? The problem is solved. Now that they have managed to decouple their voter rolls from their actual people their declining population is no longer a problem. 

How much attention do you think this would be getting if it were a matter of people being denied the vote?  But of course it is a matter of people being denied the vote. Every time Acorn votes a fictitious voter a legitimate voter is denied the franchise as surely as if he had been turned away by a literacy test or a grandfather clause.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Theives given rewards for returning stolen property: part gazillion

The pitchfork crowd capitalizes on its own idiocy. First they force the banks to make the loans, then they get them to cut their own pay, lest Community activist in chief withdraws his protection.  The road to serfdom.