Eric Cantor’s Plan to Save the GOP

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  1. Pinky says:

    Fournier’s article was terrible. It contained little if any new information, and no new analysis. If you have any interest in politics, you’ve heard his story line before. The GOP is working on its image! Demography! Yawn!Report

  2. Shazbot3 says:


  3. Stillwater says:

    make life work better

    Huh? I can understand “make life better”. And I can understand “make work better”.

    Make life work better? Maybe there’s a hyphen missing.Report

  4. Kolohe says:

    Duh, of course we need more STEM majors. Flying killer robots don’t design themselves.


    • Stillwater in reply to Kolohe says:

      All my STEM nephews and nieces can’t find work except from the Gummint. (Five of em with engineering degrees.) I’m not at all persuaded that we need more STEM majors out there. Anecdotally, acourse.

      Tho the one who has a rocket science degree would like nothing more than to design exactly those types of robots.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Stillwater says:

        I heard a rumor that the great depression meant that the best and brightest couldn’t find jobs anywhere *BUT* in the government… which meant that by the time the 50’s rolled around, they had established jobs with established roles in established positions and, hey, bird in the hand, right? (Especially with all of the trouble they saw around them as they aged… that’ll teach anybody to be pretty conservative job-wise.)

        As such, folks in the 50’s and 60’s grew up with the best and brightest working in government jobs around them.

        Of course, after a while, the best and brightest learned that they could make a *LOT* of money in the private sector rather than in the public… and, as such, the public sector didn’t have the best and brightest applicants to anywhere near the same degree as it used to and that resulted in a regression to the mean.

        And it makes you wonder about what pathologies would be introduced into the system if there is much truth to this theory.Report

      • KatherineMW in reply to Stillwater says:

        Right. I had an STEM major (Biology, with focus on molecular biology) for my bachelor’s and had no luck whatsoever finding work, so I went back to university for an MA.

        Finding work isn’t as simply as choosing one of a given selection of majors.Report

        • Murali in reply to KatherineMW says:

          Heh. I did an STEM major for my undergrad (cell and molecular biology with a minor in biophysics), found that I was sick of lab work, never wanted to enter a lab again and am now doing my MA in philosophy.Report

      • Will Truman in reply to Stillwater says:

        Not all SYEM degrees are created equal, of course. And there are never any guarantees, but there are more good bets within STEM than elsewhere. The bigger issue with it is that some people just aren’t meant for it, so it’s a partial solution at best.Report

        • Mike Schilling in reply to Will Truman says:

          If you were doing web-related stuff in college during the social media boomlet, you were golden. Other than that, you needed to find an employer who valued talent and hard work and was willing to train you in….

          Sorry, I’ll try to be serious. Other than that, you were as screwed as any English major.Report

        • Barry in reply to Will Truman says:

          As Will points out, STEM covers a vast variety of fields and degrees (from a BS in math/physics/chemistry/biology, with poor employment potential, to higher degrees, or CS/engineering degrees, with quite good employment potential).

          My technique to see if there’s a shortage is to see if there’s a widespread increase in salaries for a given field – that’s the market’s gold standard. Those are few and far between, from everything that I’ve heard.Report

      • M.A. in reply to Stillwater says:

        STEM jobs are currently the ones on the fast track for outsourcing. We just spent 2 decades importing, educating and then shipping home a few million kids to India and other East Asian countries, what did you think was going to happen once they were all trying to figure out what to do with their degrees at home?Report

    • Russell M in reply to Kolohe says:

      I for one await the day when our killer robot overlords can not only design themselves but can make the kill/no kill decision on their own. and then the they can found Killco. and lobby for gov subsides for killing the people american will not Kill.

      but at least that will drive sales of drone safe burqas.Report

  5. Russell M says:

    you know I would buy the Lighter and Softer sales pitch if they could make republicans in the states shut up for even 5 minutes. but i dont see that happening anytime soon.Report

    • Barry in reply to Russell M says:

      “you know I would buy the Lighter and Softer sales pitch if they could make republicans in the states shut up for even 5 minutes. but i dont see that happening anytime soon.”

      What’s frightening is that I know most of those guys are the bushest of bush-league politicians, but they’re still profesional politicians, which means that they have some filters on their mouths. So we still aren’t hearing all that they actually believe.Report

  6. Damon says:

    Everytime I read stuff like this I yearn for the comming Great Collapse….Report