We had been trying to book Congressman Paul Ryan for a while now. The stars finally aligned this week and in a big way: we've also got Pat Sajak sitting in as a guest co-host for the roaming Rob Long. Sometimes, we're just lucky. Also on the couch: Ricochet's own professor/kingmaker Paul Rahe (who definitely gets an assist for the Ryan booking), and later, Judith Levy joins us from Israel. It's a packed show so don't waste any more time reading this. Start listening!
When it comes to links, there's no deficit:
- Rob was not on this podcast to celebrate his birthday, but he did put in an appearance on another one where he was serenaded appropriately.
- Paul Rahe is one of our most prolific and popular contributors. When he's not busy king making presidential candidates, Paul is a professor of history at Hillsdale College. He asked us to remind you that this podcast does indeed count towards your final grade, so pay attention!
- Silesia is a historical region of Central Europe located mostly in Poland. Don't feel bad about not knowing that. We didn't either had to ask Paul what he was talking about. There's also a town called Raahe in Finland.
- Well this is encouraging: Obama has indeed stopped getting daily briefings on the economy. What, were they cutting in on his time at the driving range?
- Jack Kemp was a 9 term Congressman from western New York. He was also quarterback in the old AFL for 13 seasons. Kemp advocated low taxes and supply-side policies during his political career. His positions spanned the social spectrum, ranging from his conservative opposition to abortion to his more libertarian stances advocating immigration reform. As a proponent of both Chicago school and supply-side economics, he is notable as an influence upon the Reagan agenda and the architect of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, which is known as the Kemp–Roth tax cut. He died in 2009.
- One day, scholars will read Paul Rahe's Ricochet post Paul Ryan: A Duty To Serve to understand how President Ryan instinctively knew Ambassador Rahe would be so beloved by the people of Bermuda.
- Through the miracle of YouTube, you can watch President Obama's speech on his administration's fiscal policy that was give at George Washington University last month. There's a transcript and a word cloud here.
- Paul Ryan gave a foreign policy speech last week at the Hamilton Society. Now why would a congressman on the budget committee be giving a speech on foreign policy? Jennifer Rubin has a theory.
- The phrase "no time to go wobbly" was coined by Margaret Thatcher during a phone call with George H.W. Bush in 1990.
- Let's get wonky: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was a German philosopher, one of the creators of German Idealism. His historicist and idealist account of reality as a whole revolutionized European philosophy and was an important precursor to Continental philosophy and Marxism. Franz Xaver von Baader was a German Roman Catholic philosopher and theologian. We thought people in Wisconsin just read about cheese and the Packers. We stand corrected, Congressman.
- Arthur Brooks is an American social scientist and musician. He is the president of the American Enterprise Institute. Brooks is best known for his work on the junctions between culture, economics, and politics. Two of his popular volumes, Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism and Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America—and How We Can Get More of It, explore these themes in greater depth. He is a self-described independent.
- Mitt, Mitt, Mitt. What are you doing? A few more headlines like this one and even Hugh Hewitt is going to abandon you.
- We admit it: we had never heard of a peace pole before this podcast. Of course, we had never heard of Janesville, WI either. Kudos to James for not making an easy Weiner joke.
- Years from now, Michael Barone will wonder why he didn't get an ambassadorship to Bermuda but others did.
- Peter Robinson and Paul Rahe are duking it out a few posts south of here. It's like a rap war without the beats.
- Gather 'round grand kids and we'll tell you about a time in the distant past when Larry King could make or break a presidential candidate. It really did happen.
- This post kicked off the Pat Sajak/Keith Olbermann brouhaha, and was responsible for one of our busiest days ever in terms of visitors to Ricochet. Thanks, guys.
- Judith Levy is our only contributor in Israel. We found her through Claire. Her posts are required reading.
- Obama's speech to AIPAC is here.
- News reports on Syrians feeing to Turkey are sketchy, but it is happening. Amazing.
- If Lileks is reading Ace of Spades and Zombie, then you should be too.
- Military service in Israel is required of everyone at age 18: 36 months for enlisted men, 21 months for enlisted women, 48 months for officers; pilots commit to 9 years service; reserve obligation to age 41-51 (men), 24 (women).
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