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Forum: Diavlog comments 08-23-2009, 09:40 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 21,647
Posted By JLF
Re: Obesity, Magic Ponies, and Hitler (David Frum & Megan McArdle)

"The graduated income tax is about maxed out so why not replace it with a graduated consumption tax that makes savings tax exempt?"

Two reasons why not: First, the graduated income tax is hardly...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-09-2008, 09:12 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 18,916
Posted By JLF
Re: Law Profs on the Law Prof President

Of course that was then and this is now, but Harding's nomination of former President Taft as Chief Justice would seem to meet your criterion of a "famous politician". And while Taft left no real...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-08-2008, 03:37 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 28,157
Posted By JLF
Re: How's that, again?

But isn't it quite ludicrous to imagine "purely market clearing factors" when the global supply of crude is controlled fairly well by Saudi Arabia, Russia, and a couple of other major players? And...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-15-2008, 11:30 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 37,821
Posted By JLF
Re: I-Told-You-So Edition

Really? I thought they explained it quite well: an election is all about getting your guy elected. Whatever it takes to get into office. Although this hasn't percolated throughout the Democratic...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-11-2008, 11:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,807
Posted By JLF
Re: McCain's Problems

McCain is further evidence of the idea that, once you've been identified by the MSM and conventional wisdom as competent/expert in any given field, you have all the credentials you'll ever need. Say...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-27-2008, 10:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,428
Posted By JLF
Re: Ezramesh!

What's the old joke about two economists never coming to a conclusion? And. certainly, a wonkfest wins few converts among the actual electorate.

Your basic idea is certainly sound: This is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-25-2008, 02:37 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 34,769
Posted By JLF
Re: CONNspiracy

Perspective is everything. I'm fairly confident most Liberals would say Conservatives aren't likely to take a road they haven't much travelled, being, as they are, so much more comfortable and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-20-2008, 10:39 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 24,579
Posted By JLF
Re: Jane's right; Amanda's wrong

No one is Libertarian/Conservative if they lack advantages in the system. No one without inherited wealth or a skill that produces wealth would think fair a system that keeps him at or near minimum...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-15-2008, 09:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 16,974
Posted By JLF
Re: Hail, Kaiser!

Agreed. All want government to stay out of our business; few acknowledge the fact that government is less intrusive than business in saying how we live our lives.

I spoke to my doctor the other...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-15-2008, 08:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 16,974
Posted By JLF
Re: Hail, Kaiser!

Yeah. That too. But the principal thing they don't want is to pay higher taxes for someone else's health care . . . or much of anything else for that matter. Generally speaking, then, they tend to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-14-2008, 11:05 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 16,974
Posted By JLF
Re: Hail, Kaiser!

Why not a universal risk pool? That would mean a consortium of all health insurers providing policies that cover whatever we decide is basic coverage, which would then allow the individual insurers...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-11-2008, 11:30 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 27,063
Posted By JLF
Re: Thank you, Ari!!!

Yes, you can add my vote, too.
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-11-2008, 11:27 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 27,063
Posted By JLF
Re: Shoutouts

Amen! When Conn was responding conversationally to Ari I found myself actually listening to what they were saying instead of trying to recall the number of times I had heard Conn's talking points...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-10-2008, 09:44 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 25,198
Posted By JLF
Re: Lefties as libertarians

Bottom line for any true Leftie position, it seems to me, is a more egalitarian distribution of income and wealth, though I don't see that happening short of another Great Depression.

In the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-10-2008, 09:32 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 25,198
Posted By JLF
Re: Jim Pinkerton has pretty clearly lost his mind

Yep. Increasingly these days it has to do with perspective. Anyone who agrees with me is talking truth. Anyone who disagrees is talking bullshit. It's another reason why no one listens to reason...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-04-2008, 02:06 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 50,835
Posted By JLF
Re: The Week in Blog: Who's Fact-checking the Fact-checkers?

Oh, I completely agree that we are no more polarized - and in fact, less so - than in times past. Ft. Sumpter comes quickly to mind.

My concern is with our inability to find common ground and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-04-2008, 10:19 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 50,835
Posted By JLF
Re: The Week in Blog: Who's Fact-checking the Fact-checkers?

Although my question is also off-topic, your last comment, if not this entire thread, raises what for me is the penultimate question: Have we reached a point in our national debate where each side...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-03-2008, 10:38 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 50,835
Posted By JLF
Re: The Week in Blog: Who's Factchecking the Factcheckers?

I think you missed the point of my reply to Conn's disparagement of associations: "brought to you by the same fine folks." It's the same party; it's the same ideas; it's the same disaster for...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-03-2008, 10:15 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 50,835
Posted By JLF
Re: The Week in Blog: Who's Factchecking the Factcheckers?

Maybe not always. There's the ultimate guilt-by-association: John McCain, brought to you by the same fine folks who brought you George Bush, the Iraq War, record deficits, and an incipient...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-03-2008, 09:58 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 50,835
Posted By JLF
Re: The Week in Blog: Who's Factchecking the Factcheckers?

Yeah, but not for the reasons implied. Carrol quite rightly believes that any similarities vis-a-vis Haggie and Wright are lost in the MSM spin that works against Obama and drowns out any...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-24-2008, 10:38 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 70,062
Posted By JLF
Re: Can a black win? Can a obliterator of Iran win?

If Obama loses in November you can bet the ranch she'll be back in 2012.
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-24-2008, 10:30 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 70,062
Posted By JLF
Re: Shorter EW

I fear you might be right about Obama's chances. I also fear that Clinton's chances aren't much better. There isn't another Democratic politician that can guarantee a stronger GOP vote. No one...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-20-2008, 10:25 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 30,900
Posted By JLF
Re: Time for a Lineup Change

So if the Constitution and its interpretation is trivial and fraternizing with former terrorists is right up there with bowling scores, then why was the lefty blogosphere looking to lynch...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-15-2008, 10:51 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 20,234
Posted By JLF
Re: Most Democratic Party economists know the truth concerning free trade

In your penultimate paragraph I would add a third item to your list: the failure to notice and take measures to offset the unequal playing fields that come from free trade. American workers are...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-19-2008, 08:55 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 20,226
Posted By JLF
Re: Fine Iraq, Iran, and Beyond DV...

Red State Military? God, I hope not. Remove the apolitical military from the corporate statism that is the United States and you have at best a Third World banana republic and at worst Hitler's...
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