Everyone has so many great books! I shouldn't even look at these threads because every time I do I end up adding... every book... to my "to read list" and so the list is pretty unmanageable.
I'm going to skip the Thomas Sowell and Nassim Taleb reccomendations.
I really enjoyed Kevin Williamson's "Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism" I thought it was better than "The End is Near and It's Going to be Awesome." (Though that was good as well.)
I tremendously enjoyed Jonah Goldberg's "Liberal Fascism" and "The Tyranny of Cliches."
Greg Gutfeld's "The Joy of Hate" was also a very good book, and surprisingly insightful.
Stephen Moore's "Who's the Fairest of Them All" is a very good book as well.
Two books on philosophy that I really enjoyed were William Lain Craig's "Reasonable Faith" and I really enjoyed the collection he edited "Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology" which has some very dense essays, and some very readable essays, all of them, however, are good essays.
Great post. But I don't think stupidity is the right word. I think arrogant is. Obama has pretty much gotten through every major "fire" he's encountered in his administration even by his personal charm or because his enemies snatched [his] defeat from the jaws of victory. So he figured, yeah, there will be "some" problems but once he explains to the American people "hey, trust me, let me make some phone calls" it would be okay. Turns out, it isn't okay.
This admin is so used to be rescued from all their problems they just never learned how to grow up and take responsibility.
Great post! It's weird. I don't know how to feel about Obamacare. On one hand I don't think people should have to suffer until it becomes politically optimal to repeal the bill. But you make this good point:
"I'd like the Democrats and the media to be stuck talking about this disaster for a year, instead of being able to move on to immigration or ENDA or whatever is bugging Sandra Fluke this week..."
(I added the bold.) If we let the democrats move on to a war on women or immigration/Republicans hate mexican meme for mid-term they can salvage themselves and the media will see to it that Republicans are forced to run around proving they aren't evil people and this country will forget that there is a healthcare bomb caused by the democrats and go back to voting on things like "well I think X was more relatable."
The only way to fix Obamacare is full repeal. We need a large coalition for that, and some people will only be in that coalition because there premiums are too high. We need Republicans to go after Dems on this, by name.
I believe in God because God healed me of a major illness when I was younger. And throughout my walk with God I believe I've encountered Him as that "still small voice" in my life. So I guess you can say, the experience of God as mediated through Jesus, has brought and kept my belief in God. Of course, I believe there are powerful arguments for God, that work better than their counter-arguments. I think the Kalaam Cosmological Argument, and the Ontological Argument and the Argument from Contingency are pretty good arguments. I think the person of, and historicity of Jesus, are compelling as well.
Q! Quoting. I like the quoting. I just wish that quotes didn't count against my word count.
Great post Troy! I'm very happy to read this!
If healthcare is a right, then they should feel proud to pay their fair share in terms of higher premiums, deductibles and out of pocket costs. That's what happens when "things" are "rights": someone has to provide it.
Interesting question. I think the other thing about taking parts of the law away in a piecemeal manner is that you can only mess with the funding mechanisms of the law so much until you create some surely negative consequences. Ron Johnson's constituents (not necessarily the sick people) need to be in the exchanges to act as subsidies for other people. It's not "fair" to the people in the exchanges that a senator comes in and passes a bill that keeps the pool from growing. In the same way, we don't want to just repeal the medical device tax because that will just make Obamacare even more expensive.
I ultimately must say that the country should have to deal with Obamacare, warts and all. Not just because this may build momentum for repeal (I wouldn't make such a decision based on that reasoning) but because we are making a bad law worse for the remaining people.
To follow up on Dan Hanson's reply, not only does Ocare become hard to administer, if the website doesn't get up and running in a timely manner, we may very well end up with an insurance pool of very sick people which will make the Ocare exchanges terrible for the people involved and it will make it even more unattractive for the healthy people who will need to enter the exchanges to subsidize the poor people.
The website not working properly is a huge deal, even if it "gets back up and running" it has the potential to do a lot of damage to the Obamacare project.
But as you say Ghengis, we should also point out that even if the website were to have been running perfectly on day 1, Obamacare is still bad for the country.
Good post. You ask "how will Republican's blow this?" But I think the mistake is thinking that "this" is the Republican's to blow. Now they can make things worse for themselves, but I think we look at the flaws with Obamacare that seem obvious to us and imagine that everyone else draws the same conclusions from them. They may not. They probably don't.
Their first loyalty will still be to the government. They'll say Obamacare is messed up and needs some fixes, but they won't think the enterprise of a statist government is fundamentally flawed. They still like it. It's the same deal with people move to LA or Dallas and then complain about the traffic.
We may be able to use Obamacare to create in-roads into a discussion about some practical reforms, but just because Obamacare goes wrong doesn't mean people will take kindly to trying to dismantle it. I think we saw that with the government shutdown. The country disliked the shutdown, based on the polls. Why? It's some sort of warm fuzzy feeling they have about the government. We have to get around that first.
I heard Card said a few "shocking" things about gays. I say "shocking" as opposed to shocking because it seems now anything other than outright endorsement of homosexuality is "shocking" or "bigoted." I used to read his website Ornery American (I think that's what it was) because he is a talented writer, even though I didn't agree with everything he said. I stopped mainly because the updates were so infrequent. I wouldn't put it past him to say some things that would be "out there."
I'm in a bind here... If Card is being boycotted... I almost want to see the movie just to counterbalance things. However, I really can't say I enjoyed Ender's Game that much. The twist at the end is neat, but I can't see why the book got so much hype. The trailer looked very nice though.
Look, it happens. Sometimes you lose in a nail-biter, sometimes you lose really big and sometimes you lose 91 to 0. The thing is, in HS, these guys are basically trying out for college. So they need to perform. They shouldn't feel bad that the other team is losing. If anything, it gives both coaches a chance to enjoy the "game" aspect more. The winning team can rest his stars and let the people who don't normally get put into rotation a chance to play, and the losing team can rest their stars and let someone else play. Heck, such a strategy might even contribute to the high-score loss, but that's still roughly better than pulling the game early (why when there are people who probably at least just want to go out for a few passes?) and or trying to lose by sending people out to make stupid plays.
The parent who filed a complaint shouldn't have done so. That's embarrassing on many levels. If you can't take the heat then don't play.
I believe that if you tax something you'll get less of it. So I'd say if you really want to legalize marijuana then allow taxes on it to try and mitigate the use. You'd basically want to try and hit the tax rate to where you don't send much of the usage "back" underground. If anything, the taxes would more go into state-rainy day coffers as opposed to funding more government spending and regulations though. So if I have to vote for the bill as is, I'd vote no. I'd rather not fund more (new) bureaucracies and public works projects that don't actually work.
Yes and no. I think there really is an appetite for such a policy now. And there are no real "excuses" for not doing so-- the country is not fighting the cold war, we are pulling back from Iraq and Afghanistan. So I think we would see Republicans-- if they were the dominant party-- drastically reduce projected deficits and submit budgets that balance in probably a few years.
Mask-- great post. I've heard Rob Long speak about this before and he makes very good points. I'm torn between the two. I think Rob Long may slightly equivocate between being a "big tent" (qualitatively?) and being "big" (quantitatively?). We don't really need to be big in terms of "tent size" to be big in terms of electorate. And being big has its own problems. Do we want to split our party every other major vote? Dodd-Frank, SALT 2, Tax cuts/hikes and so on. I think it does less good to have a party that fights itself in public (as we did recently) than to just "fall in line". Small government ideology is a "big tent" ideology. We just need to do better at getting that point across. "You don't need to agree with everything we stand for to vote for us. Just understand that voting for the Democrats is worse than the thing you hate the most about us."
That's terrible. All that good (I'm told) bourbon.
I've not had the expensive stuff from Van Winkle but I did have their Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr, and it was good, had a very oaky, smokey finish. I must say I preferred the Maker's 47 to it, and probably Woodford Reserve.
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