I've recently returned from the New Hampshire Liberty Forum, held February 23-26 in Nashua, NH and sponsored by the Free State Project. The two evening keynote speakers were libertarian free-range farmer Joel Salatin and investor and recent U.S. Senate candidate Peter Schiff. In addition, session speakers included school-choice economist Angela Dills, former Libertarian Pennsylvania gubernatorial … Continue reading NH Liberty Forum Report
Isn't it a sad reflection on the state of the Republican Party when one is relieved that Romney wasn't mortally wounded in yesterday's Michigan primary? Unless a convention fight is in the cards, isn't Romney the least bad real choice still available (especially since he and Ron Paul keep playing footsie)? Good thing there is … Continue reading Sad State of Republican Party
David Brooks is very grumpy today, blasting the leaders of the GOP for hiding from their responsibilities and letting "wingers" and "protestors" take over the party: In the 1960s and ’70s, the fight was between conservatives and moderates. Conservatives trounced the moderates and have driven them from the party. These days the fight is between … Continue reading Who’s on first? What’s on second?
John Heilemann has an interesting essay on the 2012 GOP primaries (“The Lost Party,” in New York Magazine) Core argument: Regardless of who the GOP nominee is (and here the choice is Romney and Santorum), a loss to Obama will and important implications for the future of the GOP. If Romney wins—and then loses—the lesson … Continue reading Romney, Santorum and the Future of the GOP
I commented earlier on the noble stand and relatively sophisticated views (for an athlete) of Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas. But generally athletes and celebrities have little to add to public debate. Here (in response to a question about the recent contraception rule controversy) is Danica Patrick espousing a view of government that belies reality and is fit … Continue reading Sunday Morning Quotation – Sheep
The following letter from Koch Industries, Inc. was sent out yesterday in response to the Obama campaign's recent fundraising smear. It deserves to be posted in full (and I would have done so yesterday except I didn't want to bump Sven's excellent post on education). I'm sure Bill Maher, George Soros, and other liberals are outraged by … Continue reading More on the Kochs – A Response to the Obama Campaign
I've been meaning to comment on the public release of teacher performance data since the LA Times did a major data release several months ago. It is a complicated issue, and there are many reasons not to release the data. Bill Gates discussed some of them in a NY Times editorial yesterday. Today the NY … Continue reading Value added?