Tag: Debate

Why Don’t the Candidates Ever Talk about Money?

 

150915104617-reagan-library-2015-debate-stage-exlarge-169While there were some great moments in the latest GOP debate, and some terrific individual performances — Carly Fiorina seemed to grab all the buzz in the aftermath — one thing that barely came up was the economy. It was very much like the first debate.

The day after the candidates faced off, Fed chair Janet Yellen announced a stand-pat, no-interest-rate-liftoff policy. Now, I don’t expect presidential candidates to be Fed watchers. But Yellen did raise the issue of a still-soft economy, despite all the QE and zero-interest-rate policies. And I think Yellen was right. There will be a time to normalize Fed target rates. But not yet.

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I was amazed to read in social media today that many Trump followers opined, without any hesitation, that Trump had been the big winner of yesterday’s debate. That reminds me of the early Obama years when he could commit no mistakes in the eyes of his followers (well, maybe it is still the case). One […]

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My thoughts: Trump didn’t show much chops when the debate started to deal with substance and appears to have lost his mojo. More

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Political Debates are notorious for having long sections of boring political speech. To help liven things up a bit I have created a GOP Debate Bingo game. The game is available as a PDF download with 4 game cards and a set of rules. Enjoy! More

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Releasing several hundred kittens on stage halfway through the debate would reveal the true natures of the candidates, and make for great video. Let me know how you think select candidates might react, and feel free to add your own options: Humor; crack a joke, laugh, etc. More

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CNN Improves Debate Rules; Fiorina the Big Winner

 
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When facing a 17-person GOP field, cable networks had a debate dilemma: limit the number of participants or install bleachers. They chose the former, but their process is deeply flawed. Serious candidates like Perry and Jindal are shouting to an empty auditorium while vanity projects like Huckabee use the debate to hawk his book. (Buy Giblets, Gullets & Grifters, available now at your local Bass Pro Shop!)

In theory, if someone did well in the first B-list debate, they would advance to the main stage the next time around. Carly Fiorina was the obvious standout of the Fox News forum, so most observers assumed she would appear at the adults’ table for CNN’s round two. Not so fast…

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Quinn the Eskimo and I are pleased to announce the second Philadelphia meet up will be held on Wednesday, October 28th at 7pm, here in the city of Brotherly Love. Specific location is yet to be determined, but it will be in Center City. More

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Resolved: It Is Immoral to Pursue Extravagant Wealth

 

800px-3D_Judges_GavelLeah Libresco is one of the most interesting writers in the blogosphere. After graduating from Yale with a degree in mathematics, she matriculated into the real world. She started a blog on the Patheos atheist channel that shot to the top of the charts. Libresco was quickly hired by the Huffington Post. She rose to prominence because of her unique way of arguing for the atheist position.

After several years of challenging believers with tough questions, Libresco shocked the blogosphere with her conversion to Catholicism. She now runs the blog Unequally Yoked and writes at FiveThirtyEight. She runs the podcast Fights in Good Faith for Real Life Radio.

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Whose Policy Statements Surprised You the Most in the Debate? For Me, Paul.

 

rand-paulAnd it wasn’t close. Most candidates put forward the same policies that they had before. Some policy positions I didn’t know before (Gilmore and Pataki, in particular), but didn’t surprise me because I didn’t care. Some expanded their previous positions; Walker’s commitment to supporting our allies as a route to renewed American leadership and global prosperity stood out. I think that the second most surprising new position came from Huckabee, though, when he claimed that he would kick transgendered soldiers out of the military on fiscal grounds. That’s pretty dumb; training up a new soldier is massively more expensive than medical treatment. Still, the only news there was that he had an innumerate reason for a belief that one would have imagined he held. In general, the questions seemed to elicit previously elaborated positions for the edification of the American public, rather than new positions for the nerds. As a nerd, what did I miss?

I include my submission, which is somewhat lengthy, below. Paul had two changes from the policies he outlines in his second book and that I recall from CPAC and the news, and I include Paul being the lead opponent of government healthcare for reasons I note below. It’s hard to tell how much is demagoguery, and how much is an actually new position, so I thought it would be interesting to hear from people who follow Paul more closely than I do. Does really he oppose my wife coming to America? Is his foreign policy really becoming more hardline recently? I disagree with him on most foreign policy issues (trade, ISIS, etc.), but I really vehemently disagree with anyone who suggests that Mrs. Of England ought not to be in my arms.

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Who Will Win The Fox Debate?

 

The PredictIt market currently has Paul and Rubio as the top two winners of tonight’s debate. A “win” is defined as the biggest polling bump between the last Fox poll before and the first one after the debate. Yesterday I believe Carson was on top for awhile. I’ve included the current market info as of late morning (Pacific Time).

Part of me thinks that Trump gets a little bump because he’ll hit a wider audience. As long as he doesn’t commit any unforced errors then he’ll stay where he is or do better. My guess is that the veneer will wear off as people realize he’s not serious. The flirtation phase will be over.

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I remain on the world’s longest business trip. These brief thoughts were composed in the Hyatt Place Sterling: ten miles north of Dulles International, two miles west of my new favorite Mongolian barbecue joint, smack-dab in the beating heart of America’s richest county. I could settle in for another bowl of deeply authentic, build-your-own, all-you-can […]

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Previously on Let Us All Get to Know Each Other it was a trip down memory lane to 2010, now it is time to reintroduce some blasts from the pasts that Ricochet produced in 2011. The year 2011, what an exciting time to be alive. OBL finally met his well earned fate becoming fish food, […]

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I have noticed recently that Mr. Long’s plaintive cries for new membership has despite all the odds actually resulted in some new members, will wonders never cease. In the spirit of welcoming new people on board I am starting up a retrospective. It turns out Ricochet was not created yesterday, we’ve been around for awhile. […]

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One thing that the left loves is getting conservatives to apologize for saying something that they consider to be out of line. There are many reasons for this, but one major one is that it allows them to not have to focus on the conservative’s actual point, and focus instead on the way the point […]

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A Meditation on Politics and Speech

 

Jonathan Chait just published a lengthy think-piece in the New York magazine about political correctness, identity politics, and the left’s newfound skepticism about free speech. I won’t bother to reproduce it here, because a) it’s mostly a series of interconnected anecdotes that don’t lend themselves to fisking, and b) there’s not really anything in it conservatives haven’t been grumping about for the past few years. Still, it’s nice to see that even flaks who make their living calling Republicans murderers for not being fond of Obamacare can have a sensible thought once in a while.

Chait is correct — though it galls me to admit it — in saying, along with fellow-travelers Frederik DeBoer (who wrote a similar essay last year) and Andrew Sullivan, that the modern social-justice left has in large part devolved into a whinging comparative-oppression Olympics where the laurels go not to the strong or swift but to those who reach for the smelling salts quickest, and whose swoons onto the nearest fainting couch are most theatrical and filled with au courant buzzwords. He is also correct in recognizing that there is a powerful trend in modern progressivism turning away from small-l “liberal” abstract values like free speech and towards a hard-nosed consequentialism where the ends truly do justify the means. On this point Chait actually gets off something resembling a zinger:

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Introducing the Oppression Index!

 

We’ve all argued with liberals, especially online. The issue could be health care, tax rates or city zoning rules, but they’ll quickly turn their policy disagreement into personal attacks.

Conservative: “I think hiking the minimum wage will reduce jobs.”
Progressive: “You would say that, RICH RETHUGLICAN!”
Conservative: “Actually, I’m lower middle class, so…”
Progressive: “Are you denying your WHITE privilege?”
Conservative: “Well, I’m Asian, and…”
Progressive: “I’m glad the PATRIARCHY protects your precious job!”
Conservative: “Wrong again. I’m a woman.”
Progressive: “Probably sitting at home baking cookies for your husband!”
Conservative: “I’m a lesbian. By the way, who are you?”
Progressive: “Stop voting against your own self-interest by electing old white men like me!”

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Look I’m fine with extensive arguments, with long debates, with disagreements over politics, but some of us have noticed that the tone around here has gotten just nasty. I’m not naming names, but I am putting up a notice of some of the most egregious forms of the rampant rudeness. Ricochet is NOT Youtube. It […]

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In a nutshell, ask your opponent to explain in detail how their idea would work in practice, step-by-step. Since most people cannot do that, their confidence in the idea itself is subsequently weakened: Recruiting a sample of Americans via the internet, they polled participants on a set of contentious US policy issues, such as imposing […]

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In February, Ricochet member tabula rasa asked about our “dream debate.” A couple weeks ago, my wish came true. Reason.com posted the recent “debate” between Bryan Caplan and Mark Krikorian. Debate is in quotes because the video is really 10 minute opening statements, so there’s no real back and forth. The third guy is Alex Nowrasteh, who […]

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Don’t Bother Me With Your Hypotheticals — Frank Soto

 

Ever have a conversation with a friend that just leaves you ready to scream by the end of it? I just had one of those myself and my faith in humanity is falling fast.

As the topic of Donald Sterling came up, I made an off-handed remark that it is scary that everything private can be used against you publicly these days. A friend — who we will call Bob — replied that he didn’t see anything wrong with it.

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