Archive for July, 2012

Johnny Carson interviews Ayn Rand

Via Political Math (@politicalmath)

Johnny Carson’s Ayn Rand interview on the Tonight Show (for 26 minutes!) http://t.co/Ga0i5rwD

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Hope & Change: Not

Bernanke before Congress today:

Bernanke said improvement in the job market is likely to remain “frustratingly slow,” the same phrase he used a year ago to describe the economy. The Fed’s forecast predicts the unemployment rate will still be stuck above 7% or higher at the end of 2014.

His recommendation?

Bernanke said the most effective way Congress could help support the economy right now would be to address the nation’s fiscal challenges in a way that won’t harm the recovery, but takes into account “long run sustainability” of the economy.

Like that was possible. The Democrats in the Senate, led by Sen Harry Reid, haven’t passed a budget in how long? #asleepatthewheel
Still, better they do nothing than add to the problem any more than they already have.

Chicago Politics: Doofus Edition

We’re not laughing *with* you:

As the owner of Bain Capital from 1999 to 2002, Romney naturally was listed as a controlling person in Bain’s SEC filings. That has nothing to do with whether he played any operational role in the firm’s investments, which, by all accounts, he didn’t. But the Associated Press has gone to bat for the Obama campaign, trying to make something out of a bogus story.

What will Obama staffer Stephanie Cutter do for an encore?

UPDATE: From We’re not laughing *with* you:

As the owner of Bain Capital from 1999 to 2002, Romney naturally was listed as a controlling person in Bain’s SEC filings. That has nothing to do with whether he played any operational role in the firm’s investments, which, by all accounts, he didn’t. But the Associated Press has gone to bat for the Obama campaign, trying to make something out of a bogus story.

What will Obama staffer Stephanie Cutter do for an encore?

UPDATE: We’re not laughing *with* you:

As the owner of Bain Capital from 1999 to 2002, Romney naturally was listed as a controlling person in Bain’s SEC filings. That has nothing to do with whether he played any operational role in the firm’s investments, which, by all accounts, he didn’t. But the Associated Press has gone to bat for the Obama campaign, trying to make something out of a bogus story.

What will Obama staffer Stephanie Cutter do for an encore?

UPDATE: From @JohnKingCNN: Bain partner Steve Pagliuca – a DEMOCRAT – tells CNN: @MittRomney left for Olympics 2/1999 and “has had absolutely no involvement” since. — John King

Chicago Politics

Here’s the link to Obama’s latest dirt on Romney.

Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie suggested that Mitt Romney might be a criminal on a conference call with reporters this morning about a Boston Globe report that shows that Romney stayed at Bain Capital three years past when he said he’d left.

The Boston Globe story is here.
How many Obama opponents have been forced out of a race because of a late breaking scandal? Out of how many elections?
It’s a tactic of Chicago politics that has been successful for Obama in the past. It seems early in the season for this strategy, so perhaps the President is worried. Or there will be more of the same to come. Or both.
Either way, this is one of those rare circumstances when the Fast & Furious Obama administration actually cares about the rule of law!

Saddle your hoss before you sass the boss

How to quit your job:

Since writing “Why You Won’t Quit Your Job” earlier this year, I’ve been inundated with all kinds of public feedback, personal stories, and follow-up questions from people looking to overcome the psychological biases that trap them in unsatisfying roles and prevent them from doing work that matters. While these senior executives, 20-something bankers, and mid-career marketers analysts, and lawyers all knew that they wanted to leave their current roles, executing their plan proved to be a perennially insurmountable challenge.

Docile sheep are not better than free citizens

Here is where Jonah Goldberg makes a rare blunder:

But it’s also true that politics — specifically, government — can change cultures. It can be loud and bloody work, as with the abolition of slavery. Or the change can be more subtle. Twenty years ago, it was simply uncool to put on your seat belt. Now, everyone seems to do it reflexively. The law changed the culture, for the better.

Read the whole thing.
Here is a quote he uses from a lifeguard who made the news recently by being fired for saving the life of someone who was drowning outside the boundaries of his area of responsibility:

He was canned on the spot.
“They didn’t tell me in a bad way. It was more like they were‘sorry, but rules are rules,’” Lopez said. “I couldn’t believe what was happening.”

Rules are rules. The case of the seatbelt & the lifeguard are the same. Both demand docile obedience, not  Buckle up or be ticketed by a man with a gun. Shut up or get arrested. Pay the fine the judge gives you or go to jail. That’s not a better culture or a better person. Rules are rules. Your job, citizen, is t

Higher Ed Bubble (cont.)

Gov Scott Walker of Wisconsin takes on higher ed reform with comments from Via Meadea:

Related link here: Post-Credentialism

The fiscal squeeze at every level of government makes it impossible to manage the problem simply by shoveling more money into a dysfunctional system. Higher education in the United States is headed towards the biggest and most revolutionary upheaval since the birth of the mass modern university system at the end of World War Two. problem simply by shoveling more money into a dysfunctional system. Higher education in the United States is headed towards the biggest and most revolutionary upheaval since the birth of the mass modern university system at the end of World War Two.