Monthly Archives: April 2011

The American President is not Omnipotent

Christopher Dickey in the Daily Beast has tough criticism of the president’s handling of the Arab uprisings and of his foreign policy generally. He sees Obama as: a brilliant intellect who is nonetheless confounded by events, a strategist whose strategies … Continue reading

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Senator Grassley Argues That Tax Cuts Increase Revenues, Yet Shrink the Size of Government

Here is Chuck Grassley on the Senate floor yesterday, resurrecting the supply-side science fiction called the Laffer Curve to argue against the president’s proposed deficit plan. You see, not only do we not have to raise taxes to deal with … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Free Will

Matt Yglesias makes a great point: No matter how hard I try, I can’t quite get my head around the combination of Washington’s obsession with decades-away projected fiscal shortfalls and it’s total lack of interest in decades-away projected climate disaster. … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Steady Temperament, Resolve, Moral Courage, and Crippling Depression

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the conflict, I’ve been reading a lot of Civil War-related stuff recently, as well as watching Ken Burns’ outstanding Civil War documentary. Every time I revisit this war I find … Continue reading

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