With each passing day, it is becoming more and more difficult to understand what exactly the President and UN Ambassador Susan Rice should have done in the eyes of their critics in the aftermath of the tragic murders at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.
Should they both have jumped out immediately and said “this was a terrorist attack planned and perpetrated by Al Qaeda”?? Should they have said such a thing regardless of what they were told by the intelligence apparatus? Should they have ignored any sensitivities they may have been requested to bear in mind by the same intelligence community as they disclosed information?
After following this “debate” for two months now, I have come to one incontrovertible conclusion: to the critics of the Administration, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT THEY SAID in the aftermath of the incident or why they said it. (more below)
Mitt Romney has been making headlines of late by - in his typical style - clumsily articulating multiple positions on illegal immigration that could be interpreted anywhere from "throw them all out of the country right now, kids and all" to "what Newt said." But as he continues to toy with different stances on the issue to appeal to different audiences, he should proceed with caution, lest he ends up advocating policies that might very well have affected himself. In the category of you really couldn't make this stuff up, some interesting facts about the potential 2012 GOP nominee below the fold (in case you didn't know)...
At least insofar as it concerns the domestic economy, the modern Republican is simply uncomfortable with government. There is an instinctive feeling in him that government – despite being by far the largest single actor in the economy at any given time – deserves no credit for anything good that might be happening and is probably to blame for anything bad. One would think that such intrinsic feelings would be quite awkward for those Republicans who ask us, the voters, to hire them as executives in the very government they so distrust. After all, it is quite rare that someone applies for a job while expressing outright contempt for his/her would-be employer. But they manage it somehow, and those of them inclined to engage intellectually, also manage to articulate a set of ideas to explain their instincts.
The President gave a decent speech in El Paso, but as this discussion on the issue of undocumented immigration proceeds, will he keep the focus where it should be, or will he preemptively concede to the angry and irrational on their misguided proposals?
I sure hope it's the former.
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I saw a tweet from a rising celebrity "conservative" today sounding a tired refrain...that one of the key differences between progressives and conservatives is that conservatives don't believe government can create wealth and progressives do...
After seeing Bill Maher's New Rules tonight, in which he addressed the topic, and with the Super Bowl upcoming, I thought I'd repost my diary of last year regarding the NFL. I hope it stimulates some thought. Takes by others on this topic can be found here, here and here
All of our meat and potatoes consuming red-blooded fellow Americans who - in chorus with their favorite talk radio windbags or local tea party leaders - rail against taxes and government involvement in anything, label any attempt at government planning, intervention, or oversight of commercial activity as "socialist", and who believe the word “socialism” is a representation of pure evil are missing something.
As sports fans gear up to watch the NFL Draft this week, I thought I'd write about a long-held observation of mine which some others have commented on in a more limited fashion (like here, here and here)
All of our meat and potatoes consuming red-blooded fellow Americans who - in chorus with their favorite talk radio windbags or local tea party leaders - rail against taxes and government involvement in anything, label any attempt at government planning, intervention, or oversight of commercial activity as "socialist", and who believe the word "socialism" is a representation of pure evil are missing something.
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