Politics (page 1068)

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    And they wonder why the police get involved?

    Still dispute the notion that the Occupy movement is the “creation of freaks, socialists, and assorted nincompoops“? Perhaps this sample of the movement’s catalog of ills will sway your thinking: Arson Occupy Fort Collins – Member arrested, $10 million in damage…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2011
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    Cost outlines four ‘enduring truths’ of American elections

    As we brace ourselves for another huge election year, the Weekly Standard‘s Jay Cost asks us to consider four “enduring truths” about American elections: The two parties have long been roughly equal in strength. Strong partisans do not dominate the political process. The swing vote is…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2011
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    Another rabid right-winger who supports voter ID: Jimmy Carter

    John Gizzi of Human Events documents the 39th president’s support for a photo identification requirement for voters: In an op-ed feature in the the New York Times (Feb. 3, 2008), co-authored with former Secretary of State James A. Baker III (a Republican), Carter noted…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2011
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    Hanson explains why America’s smaller allies matter

    Victor Davis Hanson‘s latest column probes America’s continuing interest in supporting small countries such as Israel and Taiwan, despite the “smart-money” political calculations that would push the U.S. to drop those alliances. All of these peoples — Israelis, anti-Communist Chinese, Kurds, Greeks, and Armenians…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2011
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    Barone addresses Obama’s knack for ticking off America’s friends

    Michael Barone‘s latest column examines the president’s propensity for angering American allies. Obama’s best moments in foreign policy have been when he has followed the lead of his predecessors. For instance, in his twice-postponed trip to Australia this week, he will reportedly announce that…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2011
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    Borders pulls out his scalpel following Hood’s dissection of the Occupy movement

    The latest Ideas Matter update from Max Borders includes a segment responding to John Hood’s recent “dissection” of the Occupy movement. (See the video clip below.) Borders admits he’s less charitable than Hood when assessing the Wall Street occupiers: Where I think Hood might…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2011
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    Re: How many public employees lost jobs …

    Rick, It’s good to clarify that the 1,629 figure represents real people, not unfilled jobs. Since the 1,629 figure is actually 1,629.06 full-time equivalent positions, the number of real people affected is likely somewhat higher. But it is safe to say that as of Nov. 1, the number…
    Mitch Kokai, November 16, 2011
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    Not from the “Onion”

    Don Boudreaux posts this at Cafe Hayek: … is from this enlightening essay by the great Amity Shlaes; the woman quoted just below is a student at Harvard University, one of several of whom recently walked out of Greg Mankiw’s EC10 course: “I’m someone who lives below the poverty…
    Michael Sanera, November 16, 2011