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  •  Gang Of Two (7+ / 0-)

    Shouldn't the two fatuous NYT columnists Friedman and Brooks form their own party? They could spend the next twelve years' columns on the nuances of the platform,

    •  I've been in larger poker games. (1+ / 0-)
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      It might be more than the two of them that fit the bill:

      The second G.O.P. would tackle both problems at once. It would be filled with people who recoiled at President Obama’s second Inaugural Address....
      Obama's commitments to "centralized power" are roughly a fifth of what Bush and Cheney did, going into Iraq. If Obama got every dime he could spend.

      Measured by dollar/budget impacts.

      I figure they get 6 people.

      And the big issue that makes sense is from Charles Murray -- his follow up on work from the 1960s that shows the impact of economic pressures over the last 50 years.

      In 1965, Daniel Moynihan published his work for President Johnson: “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action.” What had happened was that wartime job opportunities (WW II) in the North had brought a migration to northern cities. Over time those jobs disappeared. The Black family was falling apart.

      Murry comes in with "Coming Apart" and finds the same patterns of family dissolution applying to Whites. Even to high school educated whites: "64 percent of adults with college degrees get married compared to only 48 percent of adults with a high school diploma."

      That's crazy-bad numbers, particularly if you are a kid. Murray gets paid by American Enterprise Institute, but they do not understand what he is saying. Read Moynihan, read Murray... you'll come away understanding that we have to change how we're running American society.

      Sadly for AEI, this is not a job for anti-social gun-hugging Bircher Madness.

      Hanna Rosin gets the same results and she's better at framing anecdotes.

      We can hope that Nicole Gelinas will get her act together and do the work to pull it to one piece with an appraisal of To Do lists -- it's going to take that level of intelligence to frame the debate. (Read her work on New Orleans after Katrina. Nicole is everything that Brooks is not.)

      Brooks pushes his lead ideas to the final paragraphs. Typical for his low-brow half-smart style. Thinking is tough on him. He keeps the real ideas at arms length.

      "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

      by bontemps2012 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:12:08 AM PST

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