Memo to Republicans: How to Make Them Fall in Love with You — Rob Long

 

Relationships are tricky, especially political ones. Once people choose a side, getting them to switch is a tough proposition, which is why the old cliché is true: Democrats vote for Democrats, Republicans for Republicans, and both sides fight over the narrower slice in the center.

So, a thought experiment: how do you get so-called “independents” to declare a side? How do you get them to commit? Or, in other words, how do you get them to fall in love with you?

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Roger Simon has a post that highlights new e-mails FOIAed by the Washington Free Beacon that confirm what we all knew about the Obama Administration and the attacks in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. I didn’t know how right I was when I wrote on September 29, 2012 “Benghazi Worse then Watergate.” Preview Open

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Distinguishing Between Law and Politics on Affirmative Action

 

In my latest weekly column for Defining Ideas at the Hoover Institution, I look at last week’s Supreme Court ruling in the Michigan affirmative action case, Schuette v. BAMN. My view: that the legal considerations and the policy considerations raise very different issues. As I write:

As a constitutional matter, I think that Justice Kennedy made the right call [to uphold the voter-approved ban on affirmative action]. It is too much to say that the Equal Protection Clause instructs states on how to organize their internal governance structures. The questions of electoral motive really have to be put to one side, lest every electoral decision be subject to scrutiny for some hidden electoral bias. The decisions made at one time have to be reversible at some later time, by whatever means the state chooses to do so, including the referendum.

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Dennis Prager on the NBA owner fiasco: When the media report private conversations that pose no threat of violence, they encourage more and more people to record and release private conversations. That, far more than the NSA’s trolling of billions of phone calls in order to identify terrorists, poses a real threat to privacy. Preview […]

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A Pro-Growth Reform for Social Security

 

Over the next two decades, the ratio of old people to those of working age will increase by 70% in the US. By 2035, there will be 44 Americans age 65 and over for every 100 adults between the ages of 25 and 64. Globally, as The Economist points out, the number of people over 65 is set to double. The newspaper outlines the potential economic implications:

The received wisdom is that a larger proportion of old people means slower growth and, because the old need to draw down their wealth to live, less saving; that leads to higher interest rates and falling asset prices. Some economists are more sanguine, arguing that people will adapt and work longer, rendering moot measures of dependency which assume no one works after the age of 65. A third group harks back to the work of Alvin Hansen, known as the “American Keynes”, who argued in 1938 that a shrinking population in America would bring with it diminished incentives for companies to invest—a smaller workforce needs less investment—and hence persistent stagnation.

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I don’t think stupidity is an adequate explanation any more… “The Obama administration still doesn’t seem to understand the whirlwind it reaped with its decision to give up stewardship of the open Internet. The first Internet governance conference since that surprise March announcement was held last week. The State Department issued a statement before the […]

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Here’s a charming, light hearted story out of Mexico that shows all you hard hearted Rethuglican meanies trying to erect a border fence are just a bunch of haters. And — while you’re at it — ask yourself: what difference, at this point, does it make? Preview Open

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Donald Sterling is a long standing creep- racist, bigoted attitudes aside.  Why do we sympathize with big dollar employees and other potential employees and business associates that are now aghast at his expressed attitudes?  When I job search, I research businesses for jobs that match my skills and interests.  This is to ensure my comfort both financially and career wise. […]

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For anyone who enjoys watching basketball, the NBA playoffs have been AWESOME this year.  Something amazing has happened just about every day.  That makes the thing with the LA Clippers owner all the more upsetting.  I am pretty bummed out right now.  Here we go again, racism against blacks is a huge problem in America, […]

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New Ricochet Store Is Open! — Jon Gabriel

 

To keep pace with Ricochet’s new logo and Ricochet’s new website, we have created a all-new Ricochet Store. Within its virtual walls, you will discover an astounding variety of handsome apparel and stylish accoutrements, all emblazoned with the mighty R› logo.

We’re hosting our retail offering at Zazzle.com, a merchandising site known for their high quality, flexible designs and great service. Unlike one-size-fits-all sites, Zazzle lets you choose from a variety of colors, materials and other unique customizations. Not only will you promote our site with our designs, a small percentage of the selling price helps support Ricochet operations.

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It was an Irish-American funeral.  Not only did she have an Irish tenor sing Lady of Knock and Danny Boy, but it closed with an Irish Farewell. The decedent was born in Belfast, and worked at the shipyards there.  the rumor was he worked on the Titanic.  He not only was caught up in The […]

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I know the topic has been discussed, but am on the road today and can’t find it. Some of you might remember my friend Joe Garcia. He is my go-to guy on matters of translation, he helped us out once before and (I think thanks to Ricochet) ended up being interviewed by Breitbart.  Here is […]

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So I noticed that no one responded to my invite in the Prelude. Rather than assume that the post just escaped notice of anyone on Ricochet, I’m just going to instead assume that y’all were snubbing me mostly because it makes me feel cool and important. I’m noticeable enough to be snubbed. In your face, […]

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