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It an attempt to show that he has no little plans, was Newt’s “Lunar Colony” his “Jumping the Shark” moment?  I’m afraid so Newtzie.  In both cases, trying to go the extra mile was seen completely different then how it sounded in Fonzie’s or Newt’s head at the time. I still want Newt to have […]

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James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal has provided an excellent service. He simply points to two pieces of advice offered by the same Washington Post/Slate advice columnist, Emily Yoffe, as part of a discussion of why social conservatism has much more appeal than, well, the folks at the Washington Post and Slate and other […]

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David Brooks has a new column, which is less an analysis of the GOP than it is a revelation about David Brooks. These days the fight is between the protesters and the professionals. The grass-roots protesters in the Tea Party and elsewhere have certain policy ideas, but they are not that different from the Republicans […]

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I just looked at the Main Feed and not a single contributor has written about last night’s two primaries, in Arizona and Michigan. Why? On the Member Feed, similarly, there’s hardly a mention of the political event of the week. Isn’t that odd? Mitt Romney recovered from significant polling deficits just a week or two […]

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I was listening to a bit of Dennis Prager’s show today, with Mark Taylor filling in for Dennis. The topic (during the parts I listened) was open primaries, and Mark Taylor seemed to think they were a terrible idea and was merely an opportunity for Democrats to mess with the GOP nominating process. Diane has […]

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Senator Olympia Snowe announced moments ago on her Facebook page that she would not be running for re-election: After an extraordinary amount of reflection and consideration, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate. After 33 years in the Congress this was not an easy […]

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I hear that there is virtually nothing that can be done about the price of gasoline. Civil unrest in oil producing countries (a stellar list of stable regimes including Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Russia, Nigeria, Venezuela, and Mexico) has us stymied. We are at their mercy. Plus, we shouldn’t be burning oil anyway. It’s bad, […]

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Here is why this exists to quote Bastiat who saw our problems long before we did,”The law has been perverted by the influence of two entirely different causes: stupid greed and false philanthropy.” Well providing everything to everyone medically after age 65 has to be the dumbest concept ever invented and what we get for our stupidity is […]

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A new and acceptable term for infanticide: Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) […]

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Santorum Calls Upon Michigan Democrats to Help Him Defeat Romney

 

A report in The Detroit News reveals that the Santorum campaign paid for robocalls to Democrats asking them to vote for him in the Michigan open primary today. The campaign’s communications director Hogan Gidley justified the robocalling strategy, explaining that, “We know that if we can get a Reagan Democrat in the primary, we can get them in the fall.”

Mitt Romney is predictably upset about this maneuver, lambasting it as “a real effort to kidnap [the Republican] primary process.”

Political Economy and Language: Missing a Link

 

Over at Forbes today, I shared my first discussion of the relationship between our current political and economic state and our language.  While language is often and easily noted as an example of spontaneous order, related to the development and functioning of the market, many policymakers fail to see other similarities between defining written exchanges and regulating economic exchanges.

I argue: 

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On Friday, my cousin Danny posted a CNBC interview with Timothy Geithner on his stock site, playfully comparing Geithner’s energy expertise to that of Monty Python’s “Tim the Enchanter”. Geithner: “I think what’s happening with global oil markets now is you’re seeing two things work to push prices higher. The first is that growth is […]

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Santorum Lays Out Economic Agenda

 

Accusing Mitt Romney of “tinkering at the margins,” Rick Santorum takes to the pages of the Wall Street Journal today to lay out his campaign’s “pro-growth and pro-family Economic Freedom Agenda.” See the column for full details, but here’s the gist:

  • Increasing domestic energy production, including approving the Keystone XL pipeline and giving the states more flexibility to approve energy exploration and fracking regulations.
  • Repealing all Obama-era regulations with a cost to the economy of over $100 million.
  • Two income tax rates — 10 percent and 28 percent — along with a tripling of the deduction for children and elimination of the marriage penalty.
  • Cut the corporate tax rate in half (interestingly, the WSJ piece is totally silent on the proposal to eliminate the tax altogether for manufacturing)
  • Spending cuts of $5 trillion over five years, plus a 10 percent cut in the federal workforce (excluding defense).
  • A Balanced Budget Amendment that includes a cap for federal spending at 18 percent of GDP.
  • Five free trade agreements in his first year in office (Santorum doesn’t specify with whom).
  • Repeal and replace Obamacare
  • “Cut means-tested entitlement programs by 10% across the board, freeze them for four years, and block grant them to states.” Plus reforms to Medicare and Social Security to make them “fiscally sustainable.”
  • Phasing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

What do you think? For my money, it’s a decent package, although it suffers — as most election-year promises do — from a reach that probably exceeds its grasp. I also don’t know that it’s going to create a particularly stark contrast with Romney — while they may differ on the details, the principles behind a lot of these proposals would receive almost universal assent from the Republican field.

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This is an an essay within an essay. I wrote the original essay in May of 2010. I hold to everything that I wrote, but even then I had a feeling that the treatment was missing something. I am now adding a short Historical Introduction to this essay that puts the subject in the full […]

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Report out of the Washington Free Beacon, http://freebeacon.com/trashing-tricare/ that Obama admisitration will look at trying to force military retirees out of Tricare and into the exchanges by pricing premiums up. Civilian retirees will not be affected.  This is done in the name of trying to get the exchange numbers up. The adminsitration probably figures that military […]

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