With Jonah off the grid, Jack takes over the show, with an assist from National Review senior political correspondent Jim Geraghty (or is it?), to discuss Trump primary challengers, the Democratic primary, the old people dominating our politics, the problem of mass shootings, and more.

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There are 10 comments.

  1. Kim K. Member

    Please keep Jim/Ted in the regular rotation!

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    • August 22, 2019, at 5:13 PM PDT
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  2. Kim K. Member

    Also, I totally agree with what Jim had to say at the end about striving but being content with not being the best. There is a difference between giving it your best and being the best. I can be happy knowing I gave my best effort to whatever I’m doing (ironing husband’s shirts or leading a class) and feel confident even though I’m not winning any prizes as THE best. As a parent, I want to instill the same in my children. Too many parents, I think, push their kids to be the best and then when the kid comes up short there are all kinds of problems.

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    • August 22, 2019, at 5:24 PM PDT
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  3. kedavis Member

    Well put. There’s also another “trick” I sometimes use on people in cases such as education funding. It’s possible to almost always find something in the news about how such and such a city, or such and such a state, is “last” or “next to last” in school funding.

    But, guess what? If 49 states each spend $1 million per student on education, and state 50 spends $999,995 per student, what does that make them?

    Last.

    B.F.D.

     

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    • August 22, 2019, at 6:21 PM PDT
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  4. Al Sparks Thatcher

    So it’s Gravel, not Gravle. As in GraVELL, rhymes with WELL.

    Mike Gravel’s tenure as a Senator from Alaska preceded my residency there. But I do remember when it was reported that he no longer resided there while he was still a Senator. And when he lost the primary as an incumbent he did truly leave the state.

    After that I’d see him in the news occasionally. Probably the wackiest proposal I saw from him was that the U.S. should start holding binding referendums, much like many states do. That in itself isn’t wacky. But instead of a constitutional amendment, he’d have the Supreme Court wave their collective hands and mandate them.

    He first came to the state in 1956, when it was still a territory. He did not play a prominent role in gaining statehood, but once statehood was achieved, his political career started taking off, including a stint as speaker of the state’s House of Representatives.

    Every so often, maybe every two years, one of the papers in Fairbanks or Anchorage will publish an article on his latest goings on. He’s considered one of the wackiest politicians the state has had.

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    • August 23, 2019, at 7:18 AM PDT
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  5. Al Sparks Thatcher

    A comment on the age of the presidential candidates. I remember reading an article about 20 years ago about the baby boomer demographic. I don’t remember who wrote it, and where it was published.

    The author said that the baby boomer demographic will not go away as quickly as past demographics did, and given its size would have an out sized influence. For example, the World War II generation made it a point to retire at age 65, and before civil rights legislation on mandatory retirements came about, private sector firms did explicitly have both minimum ages for management positions (maybe 40 years old) and mandatory retirements, usually 65. They were first generation to truly benefit from Social Security.

    Today, arbitrary maximum age retirements in the U.S. are limited to the military and commercial pilots (and they’ve been fighting amongst themselves about that; co-pilots don’t want to have to wait longer to get promoted). There may be other rare examples, but those are the two I know of.

    I work at an electric utility, and the only baby boomers that regularly retire at a young age (based on a generous union retirement benefit) are the trades. And that’s because their jobs are hard on the body. A lineman accumulates injuries during a 20-30 year career that don’t entirely go away. Problems with rotator cuffs and knees take their toll. That’s true with the construction trades too.

    I have a mostly desk job in IT, however. I keep up with new technology, but I also am familiar with legacy systems that people entering the profession aren’t as keen to learn.

    An outfit like Google isn’t as interested in me (Silicon Valley has a reputation for being ageist), but there are plenty of firms outside of there that are. Like those in political punditry, I can stick around for a long time.

    A lot of boomers will. What you’re seeing at the political top you’ll probably see in society as a whole.

    We aren’t going away as quickly as was thought we would.

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    • August 23, 2019, at 8:33 AM PDT
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  6. Arahant Member

    Good show. @jackbutler, you did fine. Jonah should feel safe leaving the Remnant in your hands anytime.

     

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    • August 23, 2019, at 9:55 AM PDT
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  7. JackButler Podcaster

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Good show. @jackbutler, you did fine. Jonah should feel safe leaving the Remnant in your hands anytime.

     

    Thanks! 

    • #7
    • August 23, 2019, at 11:06 AM PDT
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  8. TGR9898 Coolidge

    JackButler (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Good show. @jackbutler, you did fine. Jonah should feel safe leaving the Remnant in your hands anytime.

     

    Thanks!

    Jack you did great again.

    You should really host your own podcast.

    Focus on something you know a lot about, like being a Young American.

    • #8
    • August 25, 2019, at 1:02 PM PDT
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  9. kedavis Member

    I remember Young Americans. That Kate Bosworth was really something!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tglbNxlXljY

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    • August 25, 2019, at 8:53 PM PDT
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  10. Barry Jones Thatcher

    oops! Comment over taken by later conversation in the podcast…note to self, listen to the whole thing and THEN comment!

    • #10
    • August 27, 2019, at 2:43 PM PDT
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