Monthly Archive: January 2010

Possible compromises for healthcare reform

While I do think that the success or failure of healthcare reform rests squarely on the shoulders of the Democrats in Congress and with the president, I still wish that Republicans would come aboard...

The Alito Brouhaha

I’m fairly annoyed by the brouhaha that has erupted over President Obama’s deeply inaccurate attack on the Citizens United decision.  One of the weird aspects of my annoyance, though, is that I find myself...

In Defense of Holden Caulfield

A lot will be written about J.D. Salinger’s death, much of it on the subject of The Catcher in the Rye. Most of it will be more perceptive or better written than this blog...

A Close Look at Haitian Poverty

This piece by Jared Diamond provides a fantastic amount of insight into why Haiti is so much poorer than even other poor Caribbean nations, including its neighbor the Dominican Republic.  I think it

Quote of the Day

“What the heck is Yahoo? Is it one of those computer things? Is that like Twittering?” – The inimitable Gregg Popovich, demonstrating his technological savvy right before tip-off.

Undermining the Republicrats

Over at the Liberty Papers, Quincy offers a distinctive take on Obama’s attack on the Citizens United ruling.  Money quote: It is not the thought of special interests influencing politics that scares the ruling...

Further thoughts on conservatism

One problem with conservatism today is that conservatives are living in a past in which tax cuts were a panacea.  Thattimes have changed does not seem to register, and so new ideas are few...

On conservatism

I’ve been a little too hard on conservatives lately – largely due, I think, to my overall frustrations over healthcare reform, but also because of the antics on the right which I find distasteful...