The Ricochet Podcast
Episode 119: Hopped Up On Goofballs

Guests: Jim Pethokoukis and David Limbaugh
May 18, 2012
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It’s Greece, it’s California, it’s (still) gay marriage, and Romney rising. AEI’s Jim Pethokoukis on the future of the Euro, the turmoil in the markets, and what Romney should say at every campaign stop. Later, David Limbaugh returns to talk social issues and the stunning 0-99 rebuke of Obama’s budget in the Senate.

Congrats to Fred Cole for winning the coveted Ricochet Member Post of the Week for his post What Would You Put In The Constitution? We’ll be in touch, Fred. 

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  1. EJHill
    Peter Robinson:  Bodies like mine don’t just happen, you know.

    But, Peter, it has been featured prominently on its own. For latecomers to the Ricochet Party, I present snapshots of the Robinson Family Vacation:

  2. doc molloy

    EJ- I think what Peter is trying to say is that he’s a finely tuned aesthete..

  3. doc molloy

    I dropped my drachma after I had my dinar.. over ate at the currency counter.

  4. Albert Arthur

    That still doesn’t show off his six pack.

    EJHill

    Peter Robinson:  Bodies like mine don’t just happen, you know.

    But, Peter, it has been featured prominently on its own. For latecomers to the Ricochet Party, I present snapshots of the Robinson Family Vacation: · 3 hours ago

  5. Basil Fawlty
    ParisParamus: People, people who continue to underestimate Mitt Romney.  Please stop it.  Thank you. · 5 hours ago

    Check.  Although his placing of the Reverend Wright off-limits did strike me as rather . . . McCainian.

  6. dogsbody

    I’m listening to the podcast right now, and I just want to say that James’ segueway at 12:14 is a miniature work of art.  One of his finest, I think.

  7. James Lileks
    C

    Thanks, Dogsbody – I was trying to get it in AND get to the guest. Even though it always seems like such a crime to cut off Peter and Rob.

  8. Bjarni Olafsson

    I always get a little thrill going up my leg when Iceland is mentioned on the podcast, so I have to add a couple of things.

    We don’t fish more than we did before the crash, but the fish we catch is worth a lot more (in Icelandic krónur) than before because the króna crashed. In that regard we benefited from having an independent currency. But the crash also benefited the rather big aluminium industry we have. 

    But things are not rosy. I think we did the right thing in a) letting the banks fall and b) making the creditors shoulder their part of the pain, but most decisions made after that have been boneheaded. The government refuses to allow more hydroelectric dams to be built so we can’t expand our industrial base. Almost every foreigner who comes and wants to invest is turned away by The Man. The government is also hell-bent on destroying the transferable-quota system we have for managing fish stocks. 

    I think that if we’d had a sensible government after the crash we could have been well on our way to prosperity, but alas that is not the case.

  9. Fred Cole

    I was 25 feet in the air on a scissor lift when I heard my name.

  10. I just think it’s way cool (no pun intended) that we have a listener/member in Iceland. 

  11. James Of England

    I’d advise pessimists regarding currency union breakup to listen to  Vaclav Klaus speaking on his management of the breakup of the Czechoslovakian currency union. It was achieved, you may be surprised to hear, without violence. Greece leaving the euro seems likely to be achieved without serious euro-related violence. There will be serious violence in Greece, that is, but that will be because Greeks respond that way to political stimuli of any kind, and there’ll be a recession, not because they’ll be moving to the drachma.

  12. ParisParamus

    People, people who continue to underestimate Mitt Romney.  Please stop it.  Thank you.

  13. Grendel

    I will be looking into the SPQR series (Roma sub Rosa and Aubrey-Maturin BTDT). Thanks.

    Let me recommend most highly Lindsey Davis’ Falco series about Marcus Didius Falco, a “private informer” in the time of Emperor Vespasian.  The first novel, Silver Pigs, is set in A.D. 70-71 and includes appearances by Vespasian, who becomes a significant if troublesome client.  The 20th book in the series was published in 2010, so the 21st should be out presently.

  14. James Lileks
    C

    Grendel: I’ll give that another look. I started the “Silver Pigs,” but found the tone too . . . jocular. The SPQR series is breezy, but the amount of historical detail seems more substantial. 

  15. Daniel Frank

    Wow, James, have you been working out?

  16. profdlp

    Mr. Lileks, though I haven’t heard you mention it lately, all that hopping up and down on your Wii has really paid off.  Hope your teeth feel better soon.

  17. Arahant

    Y’know, Rob looks like he’s really comfortable carrying a spear.

    And Bjarni, “I think that if we’d had a sensible government after the crash we could have been well on our way to prosperity, but alas that is not the case.”  That applies to us, too, my friend.

  18. DocJay

    This is Ricochet!

  19. Albert Arthur

    Gentleman, to bed! For tomorrow, we tape a podcast at dawn. Well, dawn for Peter and Rob, but two hours after dawn for Lileks. To bed! For tomorrow we rise early, and we’ll have a hearty breakfast. Then we’ll get on Skype and tape a podcast. But first Rob’s laptop will crash. Gentleman, to bed, for sometime tomorrow morning we podcast in Hell!

  20. Albert Arthur

    Is that Pethokoukis behind Rob?

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