David Brooks – Would You Take His Bet?

Polisphiliac David Brooks: Here’s a way to make money off of other people’s misery. Short house prices in Northern Virginia. Starting with sequestration and then continuing over the next several years, the Defense Department is going to be hammered. All the big defense contractors in Northern Virginia are going to be hit. It’s already happening. I … Continue reading David Brooks – Would You Take His Bet?

State of the Union Speech – brought to you by David Brooks?

I don’t like SOTU speeches.  Indeed, I wish that Presidents would return to simply delivering a written missive to Congress and be done with all the monarchical pretensions of the event.  As I’ve seen elsewhere, perhaps an e-mail would do the trick.  Therefore, I tend to read the speech the next day rather than watch it.  Furthermore, I just don’t get … Continue reading State of the Union Speech – brought to you by David Brooks?

David Brooks Has Another Fan (I jest) in the Blogosphere

See here. This column is not going to end up in the journalism Hall of Fame (the “Big Shaggy” thing is pretty lame), but Brooks does make one decent point here about the value of the humanities: It’s probably dangerous to enter exclusively into this realm and risk being caught in a cloister, removed from the market and … Continue reading David Brooks Has Another Fan (I jest) in the Blogosphere

Brooks: Why the Progressive Era Offers Few Historical Parallels

David Brooks has an interesting piece in today’s NYT (I must admit, he has written more than a few fine columns this year).  He notes that the Obama administration assumed office drawing on parallels to the Great Depression and FDR. It has since abandoned this historical analog and turned, instead, to the Progressive Era. The … Continue reading Brooks: Why the Progressive Era Offers Few Historical Parallels

Marijuana: The Political Class vs. Everybody Else

Marc blogged the other day about the New York Times editorial board’s endorsement of repealing federal marijuana prohibition, just months after having rejected that step. Now, this isn’t quite the same as endorsing marijuana legalization – just returning it to the states – but it is a significant step nonetheless. Still, they are well behind … Continue reading Marijuana: The Political Class vs. Everybody Else

Do the Presidential Debates Matter?

Apparently the media “spin” on the debates does according to this study by scholars from Arizona State University: We demonstrate that the news media’s “spin” or analysis following the last presidential debate in 2004 influenced citizens’ evaluations of the candidates. The media’s “instant analyses” in the twenty-four hours following the debate was decidedly one-sided, favoring President … Continue reading Do the Presidential Debates Matter?

Who’s on first? What’s on second?

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?

ObamaCare’s Canary in the Coal Mine?

An interesting and scary fact from David Brooks’ interesting column on the future of ObamaCare: More seriously, cost projections are way off. For example, New Hampshire’s plan has only about 80 members, but the state has already burned through nearly double the $650,000 that the federal government allotted to help run the program. If other … Continue reading ObamaCare’s Canary in the Coal Mine?

Quotation of the Day – Welch v. Sullivan

I used to read Andrew Sullivan pretty religiously….before he started to become absolutely fixated on a few subjects and grew quite boring.  I still checked his site out on occasion until he started to engage in weird (and offensive) Sarah Palin conspiracy theories, and I haven’t been back since.  Despite only reading half the Welch-Sullivan debate on … Continue reading Quotation of the Day – Welch v. Sullivan

Happy Neocon Day

Given the great success of recent American foreign policy initiatives driven largely by the neoconservatives, the New York Times apparently decided it is “Neocon Day” today.  To celebrate, the Gray Lady published two op-eds on Iraq that sing the praises of our efforts there.  In the first, David Brooks highlights how successful our nation-building project … Continue reading Happy Neocon Day

Libertarians’ Proper Allies

Reason magazine recently hosted a debate in its pages over “where do libertarians belong?” The question was really whether libertarians ought to continue a tactical alliance with Republicans and the right, embark on a “liberaltarian” project, or disassociate themselves from both sides. The Cato Institute’s Brink Lindsey had previously argued in favor of the “liberaltarian” … Continue reading Libertarians’ Proper Allies

Gene Healy’s “Inner Scrooge” and the Worst Op-Eds of 2010

I quite enjoy reading op-eds and writing them is pretty fun too (though not well-paying for us part-timers!).  The obnoxious ones are even worth reading as they provide great insight into the writer if not the subject of the op-ed.  With that in mind, Gene Healy of the Cato Institute has an amusing op-ed on … Continue reading Gene Healy’s “Inner Scrooge” and the Worst Op-Eds of 2010