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Well, at least we can agree with the identification of the symptoms. The diagnosis is a prisoner of its author’s preconceptions and the prescription is sometimes laughable, but this opinion piece by ‘centre-left’ pollster Stanley B. Greenberg contains some gems: During this period of economic crisis and uncertainty, voters are generally turning to conservative and right-wing […]

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Here is an incomplete list of Federal agencies. Keep scrolling. And scrolling. (Or look here and keep clicking.) There are hundreds of them, and more created in every major piece of legislation. I’m sure that a good reason can be found by someone for every agency, bureau, office and board on that list. I’m sure they are full […]

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You may recall Louise Mensch MP from the coverage of the Parliamentary Committee questioning the Murdochs. She was the only MP to noticeably react to the attack on Rupert. More to the point, she was the only MP trying to make the point that hacking and similar skulduggery was not the exclusive preserve of Murdoch […]

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tl;dr Why do politicians (think they) need so much money to get elected? Does spending tens of millions on TV ads and telephone calls really move the needle? What is the marginal effect – once you’ve spent $10 million, does an extra $10 million really help that much? Thanks to the bizarre campaign finance laws […]

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So the largely symbolic BULB Act vote failed. Ten Republicans voted against lighting freedom. Are there that many newly tooled-up curly-fry bulb factories? Rep. Charles Bass [R, NH-2]Rep. Brian Bilbray [R, CA-50]Rep. Scott Garrett [R, NJ-5]Rep. Morgan Griffith [R, VA-9]Rep. Richard Hanna [R, NY-24]Rep. Tim Huelskamp [R, KS-1]Rep. Tom Reed [R, NY-29]Rep. Dave Reichert [R, […]

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If I’m reading this right, the 112th Congress has passed 23 bills and resolutions. Most are temporary continuations of stuff. Some are to do with FISA and the PATRIOT Act. A handful designate certain buildings as Courthouses or give names to Post Offices. Over 10% involve appointing ‘citizen regents’ of the Smithsonian. The number of […]

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We have seen that a large state is fraught with dangers, not only to individual liberty but to the morals of our elected representatives – being able to use the vast organs of the government to advance one’s agenda (with the very best of motives) seems too big a temptation for most who have climbed […]

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The House Republican Technology Working Group issued their Priorities for the 112th Congress (best link I could find…) Although largely, as one might expect, content free, it includes a section vaunting so-called Intellectual Property, including a pledge to “work to protect intellectual property from theft overseas”, which is presumably a reference to pernicious international treaties […]

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Just in case folks want to know how things are presented to the rest of the world, I present this article from the Observer (essentially the Sunday version of the Guardian): Barack Obama: can anybody beat him? To spoil the ending, only if the economy tanks and the GOP fields a left-leaning candidate. Joe Biden […]

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There are, as one would expect, many strange things in David Brooks’s NYT opinion piece on the Paul Ryan budget (link subject to $40 million of firewall business rules, YMMV, void where prohibited). Essentially Brooks’s problem with it is that it might reduce the size of the government, which is a bad thing because, apparently, […]

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Here’s an idea for something the Rebulican-controlled congress can do between symbolic Obamacare votes and trying to weasel out of their no-pork pledges: hold hearings into whether some sort of control of the press is required to ensure fairness or civility. The premise – which should be stated up front – is that of course […]

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