On Subjects Rachel Maddow Won’t Touch with a Ten-Foot Pole

I remember when Rachel Maddow of MSNBC wrote this opinion piece, informing us that the administration of George W. Bush did nothing to cultivate a deep bench of Republican leadership prospects. As far as Maddow was concerned . . . well . . . let's let her words speak for themselves: In the eight years …

Éirinn go Brách, and All That

As one who believes that same-sex couples deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and that marriage equality only serves to strengthen the institution of marriage, I am pleased and delighted to see that Ireland has decided to enshrine marriage equality as a constitutional right. This is a remarkable and extraordinary achievement, given the …

The Latest Pie-in-the-Sky Idea in Los Angeles

So, Los Angeles has decided to increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour. I'm sure that there are a host of people rejoicing over this alleged act of economic justice, but remember that actions have consequences: BERGMAN: Caroline Styne owns more than half a dozen high-end LA eateries. She says of every dollar that …

Quote of the Day

Mr Krugman thus implied that the British government—deliberately or mistakenly—had engineered measly growth at the beginning of its term, thus making it easier for the economy to roar back as the election approached. That would seem to ascribe to the coalition an unrealistic level of strategic wizardry and general deviousness, beyond even that possessed by …

In Praise of a Carbon Tax

I have invited myself to do some writing over at Aeon Ideas. My first piece addresses the question of what I would be willing to sacrifice in order to combat climate change. An excerpt: I am perfectly willing to sacrifice something to combat climate change. I am willing to sacrifice tax money. I invite policymakers to …

As Glenn Reynolds Would Put It, “Oh, THAT Liberal Media!”

I didn't like it when I heard that George Stephanopoulos had left politics for journalism. I figured that he was only being rewarded for his political stardom, that he wouldn't do the necessary work to transform himself into a serious journalist, and that--yes--he would use his media perch to act as a shill for the …

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (Hillary Clinton Edition)

For those who seek to dismiss our concerns about the security of Hillary Clinton's e-mails by telling us not to worry our pretty little heads about the issue, some sobering words from someone who has forgotten more about information gathering than they will ever learn: Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell said that he believes some …

Quote of the Day

On Tuesday, President Obama participated in the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University in Washington. While many topics were discussed, including the media, the president addressed the impact children attending private schools have on the "opportunity" for other children. Obama also said a private school education leads to "an anti-government ideology." "What’s happened …