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?
David Brooks reviews Charles Murray’s new book, Coming Apart in today’s NYT. Brooks has high praise: “I’ll be shocked if there’s another book that so compelling describes the most important trends in American society.” Back in 1963, where the story begins: Roughly 98 percent of men between the ages of 30 and 49 were in … Continue reading David Brooks on Murray, Coming Apart
Yup, you heard me say it. David Brooks accurately describes his view of Obama and helps us understand his last few years of columns on the President. And here is his flawless insight: “I’m a sap, a specific kind of sap. I’m an Obama Sap.” Perhaps I should rethink my take that Obama is likely to win … Continue reading David Brooks Gets It Right
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?
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
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
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
As we all know, Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana went into effect the other day, and Washington will soon follow. I would spend some time discussing the merits of legalization, but I largely agree with Grover’s post on Green Wednesday. As one might expect, it didn’t take long for the op-eds to offer their opposition … Continue reading Legalization and the Issue of Substitution
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?
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?
By now, most readers have likely been to the pages of National Review to read the rejection of Gingrich. A far better appraisal can be found at Reason, in a piece by Jacob Sullum entitled “Not Newt: If you’re looking for a profligate authoritarian, Gingrich is your man.” Whereas National Review case seems a bit … Continue reading The Case Against Gingrich
Was going to put this in the comments to my 1964 post but it got long enough to add as a new post. Caveat: it should be read in the spirit of someone very much sympathetic to Paul and many of his policy preferences (especially on foreign policy). The only scenario for Ron Paul becoming President – … Continue reading Ron Paul as President. Really?
David Brooks once again surprised me with a decent op-ed in the NYT. Curiously, Brooks notes, the GOP may walk away from trillions of dollars in spending cuts to preserve some loopholes and distortionary tax expenditures because it has been “infected by a faction that is more of a psychological protest than a practical, governing … Continue reading The GOP as “an Odd Protest Movement”
Wednesday night, President Obama is scheduled to announce his plans for reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan. According to the LA Times: Pentagon and White House officials say about 10,000 troops will probably come home this year, a bigger number than Gen. David Petraeus wanted. …In 2009 the president coupled his decision to send … Continue reading Declare Victory and Come Home
Outrage #1 The President gave a fine and eloquent speech urging civility in our political discourse. The words were appropriate; the setting, however, was not. Why not? We all certainly need to be reminded to be civil as we talk about politics and public affairs. No side has a monopoly on uncivil behavior. But what … Continue reading Updates on outrage
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?
Get your tar and feather ready. I’m about to befoul your world by saying something favorable about David Brooks again. I thought his latest column was quite interesting. I particularly like this line: The crucial issue is not whether the federal government takes up 19 percent or 23 percent of national income. The crucial question … Continue reading Smaller government
Paul Pierce’s mocking Tweet after the Celtics spanked the Heat for the second time this season: “It’s been a pleasure to bring my talents to South Beach now on to Memphis.” UPDATE: But will Sven or other loyal David Brooks readers defend this travesty of a column ? HT: Jesse Walker at Reason.
Most media stories in recent weeks have been about the upcoming gains Republicans are supposed to make in Congress next week. One might conclude from these stories that Republicans are winning in the expectations game. I think they are losing it. The expectations game is important, it seems to me, for two reasons. First expectations … Continue reading The expectations game
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
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
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
If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber’d here While these visions did appear. Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Yesterday, David Brooks wisely argued against a new big stimulus package, noting that The theorists have high I.Q.’s but don’t seem to know much psychology. Lord Keynes, … Continue reading If, perchance, to dream
I was struck yesterday by a reader’s comment on David Brooks’ recent column. Self-identified “liberal” Elizabeth Fuller of Peterborough, NH gave a defense of leftist politics that was articulate, if not persuasive. Among other things, she said: We love government not because it is always good, but because it is our only hope. Really? Government … Continue reading Give hope a chance
David Brooks is so smitten with President Obama I’m starting to wonder what color roses he’ll send the White House on Valentine’s Day. So, is Brooks becoming the Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. of our age?
Most conservatives/libertarians I know are not fans of David Brooks. I must admit that I am a big fan, though I disagree often. In a recent post I classified him as a centrist. In his column today, he says he is a centrist. My question is this: Are he and I are right? Is it … Continue reading See, he is a Centrist
David Brooks’ recent column is a discussion of the internet and polarization. He concludes that the internet is not causing ideological polarization, but polarization is happening nonetheless. I would contest both points. Certainly, Congress is acting in a more polarized fashion than it once did, but I’m not sure the public is more polarized. And … Continue reading Polarization v. Collusion
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