‘I was going to kill him' The local whistleblower who tried to take down Bernie Madoff had an interesting emergency back-up plan:
The Boston financial whiz who tried for years to expose Bernard Madoff reveals in an explosive new memoir that he made plans to murder the Ponzi schemer if necessary.
“If (Madoff) contacted me and threatened me, I was going to go down to New York and take him out,” Whitman resident Harry Markopolos writes in “No One Would Listen,” due in bookstores Tuesday. “At that point, it would have come down to him or me, (and) I felt I had no other options: I was going to kill him.”
'Crippling cities and towns across Massachusetts,' Part II Howie: "A quiet tragedy is unfolding in the hackerama." Here's the Commonwealth 'All in the Family' article, by Jack Sullivan and Bruce Mohl, that he refers to in the column. ...
... Meanwhile, in another dark corner of the court system, it's more perks via the 'system.'* ... Don’t many, if not most, arrests occur outside ‘normal hours of employment’? Can’t the system adjust its hours of employment to reflect reality? At salaries of $80,000 to $100,000, I'm sure they can find more than enough people willing to work weekend night shifts. ... Man, both papers are in full hackerama-watch mode this morning. Gotta love it. ...
* Originally posted below as an update. Bumped up as more 'crippling' evidence emerged.
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‘Crippling cities and towns across Massachusetts’
Because that’s where the money is – Willie Sutton on why he robbed banks.
What type of job allows a healthy person to effectively retire with a full pension and health benefits for life at the age of 42? Could your average private business or nonprofit survive for long with such perks? The answer is self evident: No. And yet Massachusetts state and local governments keep chugging down the path toward eventual crisis and insolvency, assuming that taxpayers will bail them out and/or that powerful syndicates within the ‘system’ can overwhelm and outlast occasional bouts of outrage. …
The story is excellent. But the problem isn’t just health care, though that's the largest component of the current problem. It’s also extravagant pensions, sick and vacation payouts, and laws and rules that protect public-sector workers and encourage money grabs. … Elizabeth Debski’s quote is a mini classic: “The system was there. … I find it hard to believe that anyone wouldn’t take what the system offered.”
'Boy, do I have my reading list cut out for me!' John Farrell is headed to Cambridge, England after being selected for the Templeton–Cambridge Journalism Fellowships in Science & Religion. Congrats!
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‘She’s back!’ I’ve just switched my view on the public option. … I’m open to a counter-argument by conservatives. But it better be good. … Heather via John.
Good-bye, Gov. Paterson, Part II He now has three options: 1.) Resign. 2.) Run for re-election and lose. 3.) Drop out of the race. All three options lead to the same thing: Good-bye, Gov. Paterson. It’s just a matter of when. …
The special-interests economy Here’s another example of the Obama administration viewing the economic crisis from the perspective of special-interests. … It’s not a bad idea per se. But look at the pattern of big donors and supporters getting their cut from the rest of us: Wall Street bankers and bailouts, UAW ownership slices of GM and Chrysler, labor exemptions from proposed health-care reform taxes, stimulus money to save public-sector jobs. It all paints a picture of business-as-usual in Washington, something Obama vowed he would change. It also paints a picture of an administration focusing yet again on the outer social-engineering fringes of the main problem: the economy and lack of jobs. ...
P.S. -- Here's an example of social-engineering harming job-creation efforts: prevailing-wage vs. weatherization projects. ... Is there a move afoot to temporarily suspend prevailing-wage requirements during the crisis? If there is, I haven't heard of it.
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Thursday, February 25, 2010
'A reckless enterprise bent on arson,' Part II It finally dawns on Greece that Wall Street has taken out fire insurance on its house. ... What did Greece expect? It’s like inviting a local mafioso to help hide drums of flammable gas in the basement and then expecting him to forget what happened. ...
Good-bye, Gov. Paterson This will sink him. … Let’s get this straight: A top aide to the governor allegedly beats the crap out of his girlfriend. A state trooper from the governor’s personal security detail pays her a visit as she seeks a restraining order. The governor himself calls her up the day of, or the day before, a scheduled court hearing. The governor, knowing the whole incident is about to spill out, suddenly suspends the top aide and asks for an investigation by Andrew Cuomo. … New York is trying its darnedest to keep up with Illinois’ two-governors-in-a-row pace.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
‘Stupid and childish’ The WSJ’s James Taranto rips into conservative criticism of Scott Brown’s jobs-bill vote:
But what did the carping conservatives expect from Scott Brown? As an elected official, he answers to his constituents, who come from one of the most liberal states in the country. Although it's premature to characterize his record on the basis of a single vote, no one should be surprised if it ends up being on the leftward side of the GOP caucus.
If Scott Brown is a RINO, any conservative with a semblance of sanity should drop to his knees and say a prayer of thanks for the creation of RINOs. If the species didn't exist, Sen. Martha Coakley would be the 60th vote in favor of ObamaCare. No, scratch that. She'd be the 62nd vote for ObamaCare, the 60th and 61st coming from the Maine Democrats who would have soundly defeated whatever "real" Republicans ran in place of Snowe and Collins.
'He’s my cousin, OK?' An old-fashioned column about an old-fashioned pol helping a relative in an old-fashioned Boston hack fashion. But there’s a strange element of honesty and dignity to it. Most other pols use an elaborate and intricate web of contacts to land a job for a cousin, brother-in-law, sister, etc., in some far-away agency where there’s a semblance of deniability, and then they return the favor via an elaborate and intricate web of contacts for another pol’s uncle, niece, grandson, etc. Not Joe DeNucci. Not the auditor of the commonwealth of Massachusetts. He just flat out hires Buster. …
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
A good first vote From a purely political standpoint, Scott Brown’s vote in favor of a new jobs bill was a smart move. He wasn’t elected by Massachusetts Independents to pal around with the CPAC and Fox News crowd. So let fanatical conservatives feel betrayed. Brown has to show he can reach across the aisle. Believe it or not, it’s needed now and then. He will also lose in 2012 if he doesn’t do it. At heart, he may or may not be a classic New England Republican, but that’s exactly how he has to come across if he’s to survive as a Republican in New England. Do alleged conservatives understand this regional political dynamic? Probably not. They want it all: ideological purity, all the time – except when their guys are in power, of course. …
Hockey at its finest Last night’s live U.S-Canada game was hockey at its finest. The match was fast, intense and exciting from beginning to end. The outcome almost didn’t matter. The dramatic final minutes, no matter where the puck slid, typified how the entire game was played.
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Sunday, February 21, 2010
'The cost of taking action seems low' A sensible view and approach toward climate change – not to mention cutting dependency on foreign oil. No need for environmental police. No need for neo-puritan nannies preaching meatless Fridays and other quasi-religious sustainable-living practices. … Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert on opposition to any carbon tax:
“If climate change were caused by gay sex, or by the practice of eating kittens, millions of protesters would be massing in the streets.”
‘Herpes bomb’ More on Amy Bishop -- and, yes, it’s arguably ‘even stranger than the shooting itself.’
... Until now, I’ve thought no serious director, outside of television, would make a movie about this. But we’re now in twisted ‘Fargo’ territory here. It doesn't matter if she did or didn't booby-trap a science lab, mail a pipe bomb to a colleague or intentionally blast her brother. It's that she was always surrounded by all these allegedly smart people who assumed she was crazy enough to do these things -- and yet she was allowed, even encouraged, to flitter away to her next weird encounter, a societal problem pawned off to the next chumps in line. The Coen brothers are the too obvious choice to do this movie. Oliver Stone is the one. He has an amazing ability to convey a mixture of revulsion and empathy toward his anti-heroes. …
New jobs tax credit: ‘Perfection is beyond our capabilities’ Alan S. Blinder makes the case for a jobs tax credit – and step by step manages to clarify for me why it’s such a bad idea. …
The tax credit was last tried under Jimmy Carter. It was so memorably successful that grateful voters decided to bestow early retirement on Jimmy Carter.
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‘A fake news conference to apologize for being fake’ After the pathetic display of groveling, can we get back to golf?
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'Scott Brown Wows CPAC Crowd' Independents put Scott Brown into office. Scott Brown allows himself to get sucked into the CPAC and Fox News vortex within the first few weeks in office. Independents have a knack for recalling these types of things when election times roll around. … Enjoy the fleeting, national conservative-movement adulation, Scott. …
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Friday, February 19, 2010
'Faces of America' NBC's new “Who Do You Think You Are?” show has its work cut out for it, if it's going to compete quality-wise with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates's new "Faces of America." I saw Gates's show the other night -- and it was first rate. I couldn't stop watching. The stories of Queen Noor and Kristi Yamaguchi's ancestors were quite moving. Both seemed stunned to learn what relatives went through when they first arrived in America. ... The reactions of Mario Batali and Meryl Streep were peculiar. Their initial responses were basically: But why did our ancestors leave those cute little European towns? Gates had a patient, almost puzzled look on his face that seemed to say, Are you that clueless? But luckily he didn't say it out loud.
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The far left and right: They really are just mirror images of themselves, right down to their pompous manifestos. … Let’s bring back Whitaker Chambers on the subject:
One Big Brother is, of course, a socializing elite (as we know, several cut-rate brands are on the shelves). Miss Rand, as the enemy of any socializing force, calls in a Big Brother of her own contriving to do battle with the other. … The author (hasn’t), apparently, brooded on the degree to which, in a wicked world, a materialism of the Right and a materialism of the Left first surprisingly resemble, then, in action, tend to blend each with each, because, while differing at the top in avowed purpose, and possibly in conflict there, at bottom they are much the same thing.
Hours before Seth Wescott’s incredible performance in the snowboardcross final was broadcast nationally on NBC, his friends and colleagues were jumping on the bar and spraying champagne all around the restaurant Wescott owns near Sugarloaf in Maine.
The Rack was packed with people listening to play-by-play of the race over the phone from Nova Scotia, where the father of a bar patron was watching live on Canadian television.
It reminds me of the old TV blackouts of Pats and Celtics games if stadiums weren’t sold out. You’d have to listen to the radio. But we don’t even get live radio of the Olympics from NBC. Or at least not to my knowledge – and not that I’d care at this point. I barely pay attention to the Olympics these days. The American television networks long ago wrecked the experience. … BTW: BI’s headline is a mini-classic: “Pressure Builds on NBC To Explain Why It’s Ruining The Olympics.”
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'Ding Dong the witch is dead!' Solomonia relates how a friend and fellow neighbors of Amy Bishop reacted when she finally moved out of their Ipswich neighborhood. … Via Adam G.
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‘I am Dr. Amy Bishop’ Tying up Amy Bishop’s loony loose ends (here, here, here and here): she was previously charged with punching another woman in the head for daring to take the last booster seat at a Peabody IHOP; a long missing Braintree police report suddenly resurfaces; the Norfolk DA’s office now admits it could have charged Amy in ’86 for the killing of her brother; she had the presence of mind to tell a whopper of a lie to the Dave Dinger guy while pointing a shotgun at his chest; her response to a family argument, she says, was to arm herself with a shotgun in case of a burglary, something you and I do all the time – right? … And, oh, her mother was a former Braintree town meeting member, not a member of a Braintree personnel board. … The NYT has a pretty good overview. …
P.S. -- If Amy Bishop was Alan Bishop, I have a hunch the police chief's response would have been much different 24 years ago.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Top Taliban commander captured -- nearly a week ago Some good news from Afghanistan. Call it: The CIA's revenge. ... The NYT knew about the capture last week:
The New York Times learned of the operation on Thursday, but delayed reporting it at the request of White House officials, who contended that making it public would end a hugely successful intelligence-gathering effort. The officials said that the group’s leaders had been unaware of Mullah Baradar’s capture and that if it became public they might cover their tracks and become more careful about communicating with each other.
So much for the evil MSM being one of the enemy. The NYT did the right thing -- as it and other media outlets have consistently done throughout the war. As I noted three years ago: "God, it must be galling for happy-talk conservatives to admit to themselves that the evil MSM has gotten the war largely right."
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'Why’d she snap? That’s my question,’ Part II Get your morning Amy Bishop fix here (ex-police chief now acknowledges the ’86 case is fishy), here (Delahunt’s office is now pointing the finger at police), and here (Bishop, who is on suicide watch, went to a firing range before the shootings). … Two good columns by Kevin and Margery, who wisely notes:
Compare all this to the Fort Hill military base mass murders this fall, allegedly by psychiatrist Nidal Hasan. Similar story: bad job evaluations, rambling lectures, bizarre anti-Iraq war screeds, incomprehensible attempts to justify suicide bombings.
Political correctness run amok. That was the excuse then for why everyone ignored the warnings.
What’s the excuse now?
Answer: That it’s Massachusetts? … The case seems to be losing a little dramatic steam, similar to how the Clark Rockefeller case lost steam after the dramatic race to find his daughter and true identity.
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Monday, February 15, 2010
'The superintendent didn’t blink either' A Rhode Island school superintendent is firing 100 teachers and staffers at an underperforming high school after a union balks at concessions. … Here’s the crux of the matter: The union wanted more money – and there was no more money to give. So something had to give. The state appears to be backing up the superintendent, in a rare example of government standing up to a public union. We’re probably going to see more of this in years and decades ahead as increasing numbers of towns, cities and states reach a breaking point of unacceptable subpar services vs. public-sector pay and benefits. … More here. ... Both links via BusinessInsider.
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'Why’d she snap? That’s my question’ The other equally important question about Amy Bishop: When did she first snap? In 1986, when her brother was shot? In 1993, when a mail bomb was sent to a Harvard professor? Or in 2010, when three University of Alabama staffers were gunned down? According to this account, she didn’t just ‘point a gun’ at a man after she shot her brother in 1986. She shoved the shotgun in his chest and told him to stick ‘em up. … BTW: The mother was allegedly on the Braintree police personnel board in ’86. … This is one strange case.
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Sunday, February 14, 2010
'I don’t want to use the word ‘coverup.’ ' The University of Alabama killings are a tragedy -- while the handling of accused killer Amy Bishop in a separate 1986 shooting is just plain bizarre and mysterious. How do you accidently discharge a pump-action shotgun three times? ... My initial hunch is that Delahunt is getting a bad rap on this one. Any conspiracy would have to involve Braintree police, the DA's office and State Police. It sure looks like the truly oddball nature of this case started at the local level. ...
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'Global warming’s snowball fight’ Dana Milbank rightly criticizes fellow global-warming believers who have “undermined the cause with claims bordering on the outlandish” and urges a different strategy in the wake of the D.C. snowstorms:
For those concerned about warming, it's time for a shift in emphasis. Fortunately, one has already been provided to them by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has done more than any Democrat to keep climate legislation alive this year. His solution: skip the hurricanes and Himalayan glaciers and keep the argument on the hundreds of billions of dollars spent annually on foreign oil, some of that going to terrorists rather than to domestic job creation.
After the way meteorologists blew this week’s next-day snowstorm forecast in Boston, I’d say Dana’s advice is sound, for it’s awfully hard to imagine that global-warming scientists, advocates and insurers know exactly how the climate and weather will change in coming years, decades and centuries, let alone calculate how many inches the sea level will rise in Boston and the exact cost ($463 billion – and there goes East Cambridge). They need to broaden their arguments and rely less on hysteria to advance dubious remedies. … Past rants on the issue here, here and here. …
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Friday, February 12, 2010
'A reckless enterprise bent on arson’ Imagine that your next-door neighbor has taken out an insurance policy on your home. You are Greece. The neighbor is Wall Street. The neighbor smiles and holds up a match. Gulp. … Via JE.
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Update II -- Reading this RI Monthly piece, it's obvious Patrick's decision was also a good one for him personally -- and pretty well choreographed too. ... Via Boston.com.
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But … but … but … The case of the Americans charged with trying to take children out of Haiti has taken a creepy twist: Their legal adviser may be under investigation in El Salvador for alleged involvement in a sex trafficking ring. … The story is great. Notice toward the end how reporters knock down each assertion by the lawyer. … But … but … etc. …
The Americans may well turn out to be Mark Twain’s classic Innocents Abroad. But this doesn’t look good.
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‘Charlie did it’ A terrific Brit obit of Charlie Wilson, of Charlie Wilson’s War fame. …From Wilson’s former Navy commander: “Charlie Wilson is the best officer who ever served under me at sea and undoubtedly the worst in port.”
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Pravda would have been proud At least Cindy Fitzgibbon pulled a paper bag over her head this morning. Her Fox colleagues last night weren't quite as forthcoming about botching the call on yesterday's non-snowstorm snowstorm. The coverage went basically like this: "We know the storm didn't meet expectations. But we did tell you southern parts of the state would get more snow than the north -- and we were right!" Then they tried to pawn panic blame off on school officials who cancelled school. It was like watching Soviet television. At any moment you half expected an announcement over the air: "Now a message from our great and glorious leader ..."
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‘It was great film study’ Saints cornerback Tracy Porter on his clutch, late-game interception:
It was great film study. … We knew that on third-and-short they stack, and they like the outside release for the slant. Once (Austin) Collie motioned down, we knew No. 1 (Reggie Wayne) was going to wide depart and run to the sticks. I saw him do that. He wide-departed, and I jumped the route and the ball came right into my hands.
It was great film study by me, a great jump and a great play. It means so much. I’m a Louisiana native. This is real big.
It’s an intense, great analysis piece by Ron Borges.
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Unbelievable … That the President is using most of his free 10 minutes during the Super Bowl pregame to push the healthcare bill, slam Republicans for not going along, and take batting practice from Katie Couric on how government can solve everything. For one day, keep the competitiveness on the football field!
Unfortunately, it's slightly less believable that he continues to be shocked by insurers raising premiums in the face of enormous uncertainty that HE and the congressional leadership have generated in the health market!
'The White House will be adorned by a downright moron' Parts I, II, III and IV. The original Mencken quote that started it all:
... All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.
The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
Remembering Robert Parker Hub Blog recently purchased some copies from Robert Parker’s Jesse Stone series, part of my way of showing respect for the late Boston author who passed away a few weeks ago. But it wasn’t easy. The Barnes & Noble store in Framingham was nearly wiped out of Parker books – as were the works of J.D. Salinger and Howard Zinn, both of whom also sadly died recently. Three New England authors. Gone within days of each other. “It’s a shame it took (their deaths) to sell so many,’’ said one B&N clerk. “But that’s the way it goes.’’ … BTW: John Daley, formerly of daleyblog.com fame, once recommended the Jesse Stone series. I was skeptical. But I’m now hooked. Jesse is a morose, less lovable version of Spenser. But he knows who the bad guys are. That’s all that counts.
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‘Betrayals’ Police and other public unions are angry at Gov. Patrick. So angry they’re taking it out on taxpayers by retiring before new salary calculations kick in. … Gotta hand it to Deval: He’s wrung concessions from public unions. Not a lot. But it’s something. He’s also cracked down on pension abuses. Not a lot. But it’s something. … It’s something he should have been doing from day one in office. But it’s clearly something – and he deserves credit for it. …
P.S. – Hub Blog gets the impression public unions are trying to hijack the “angry” word. The most protected and pampered workers outside Wall Street, and they are angry? As Deval might put it: For Pete’s sake. Give me a break. …
Update -- David B: "The Touching Tale of Labor and Scott Brown." They have no one to blame but themselves.
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Saturday, February 06, 2010
The Joke Patrick Kennedy dismisses the will of the struggling majority as a 'joke.’ Patrick Kennedy resides in a state with 12.3 percent unemployment. Patrick Kennedy's polls are tanking. … The connection is his disconnection. Do you think he even remotely gets it? ...
P.S. - Don't forget he found time to mock the Catholic Church's stands on abortion and health-care reform -- while his state was enduring 12 percent unemployment. ...
So bad it's good Agree with everything Charley writes about the now famous ‘FCINO’ ad. But here’s the crazy part: It’s so bad it’s good. See for yourself. … The wolf in sheep’s clothing looks like something out of a bad Japanese cartoon. …
Update -- Sample comments from RMG: "I can’t stop watching the demon sheep ad … Lesson 101 on how not to create a political ad … You have to stick around for the end - when the demon sheep arrives.... priceless." That's the key to it being so bad it's good: You can't stop watching.
The R-word With all due respect to those upset with Rahm Emanuel’s use of the word "retarded," the "R-word" was an officially accepted reference in Massachusetts up until June 30, 2009. … I also used the term ‘mentally retarded’ myself in August. I assure you I harbored no hate toward a close relative who had Down syndrome and who was officially diagnosed as "mentally retarded due to Down syndrome." I know Rahm meant it in a different context. But there’s a transition going on in how we refer to the "intellectually disabled" or "developmentally disabled" etc. It will take time to phase out what not too long ago was considered a progressive terminology improvement. This is all relatively new. Think not? Here goes:
There will always be an Illinois He’s kind of a mix of Anthony Gallucio, Jim Marzilli, Wilbur Mills and much, much more. … He’s also a pawnbroker? … Looks like Dems, the media and voters all dropped the ball on this one. …
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'The destructive duopoly,' Part II Scott Brown makes the slightest push to be seated – and he’s seated within 30 hours. The question isn’t why Brown no longer wanted to wait until Feb. 11. The question is why he had to wait until Feb. 11 if it could have been done today all along. …
Hopefully, Scott won't get sucked into this polarized partisan morass. ... No, Scott, the passion for change hasn't replaced political conviction. Independent voters, the majority now, think the two-party system is failing us. The only logical alternative is to smack the two unchanging parties around until one of them gets it. Bill Freeza put it best the other week:
Now that the runaway train of one-party profligacy has flown off the tracks in Massachusetts, is there any chance We the People might seize this opportunity to re-examine our party loyalties, challenging the destructive duopoly that's been serving our nation so poorly? How can the decisive repudiations of both the party of George Bush and the party of Ted Kennedy in quick succession possibly be spun to the merit of either?
Isn’t it obvious that a disgusted electorate has had enough of both?
It isn't obvious to some. ... Partisan morass link via Reader No. 1.
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Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Now who caused the deficits? Hub Blog watched Sean Hannity the other night as he ranted about Obama’s deficits and I thought to myself, “There’s something wrong here. Fanatical conservatives rarely get it right these days.” … Sure enough, the Economist points out the chart to the right. The Economist piece via Business Insider, whose headline was “REMINDER: The Vast Majority Of The Government Deficits People Hate Comes from Bush’s Wars And Bush’s Tax Cuts.” ... P.S. -- The Economist piece concludes:
In the end, who caused what deficits when isn't important. What is important is finding some way to avoid that (future) spike. And both parties seem to be a long way away from having anything like a serious discussion about that challenge.
'The pleasures of prosperity backfired' Robert Samuelson revisits the causes of the Great Bubble and finds we’ve all missed one important element:
The pleasures of prosperity backfired. They bred carelessness and complacency. If regulation was lax, the main reason was that regulators -- like the lenders, investors and borrowers they regulated -- shared the conventional wisdom. Markets seemed to be working. Why interfere? That was the lesson of experience, not an abstract devotion to the theory of "efficient markets," as is now increasingly argued. Euphoria, or something close to it, was considered realism.
Hitting the fundraising jackpot in Massachusetts So gambling lobbyists are starting to pump money into the coffers of Massachusetts lawmakers. But it’s only a trickle of money compared to what I saw in Illinois, as a reporter, after riverboat gambling was legalized there in the 1990s. The Illinois medical society, trial lawyers, road contractors and unions used to be the kings of campaign contributions in Illinois. But gambling interests rocketed to No. 1 after floating casinos arrived. It wasn’t pretty. Gambling lobbyists handing out campaign checks inside the Statehouse. A top-ranking House leader quitting his job to accept a job offer at a gambling company, etc. etc. I wrote about it all in a book I co-authored, Illinois for Sale. … Nothing against gambling. I don’t view it as immoral. I like playing the craps table if I happen to be in a casino on vacation. But Massachusetts residents better understand that expanded gambling will change politics here – and it won’t be for the better. … Speaking of Illinois and Massachusetts comparisons, see post below.
P.S. -- A ‘new’ copy of my book is now going for $49.91, up from the standard $0.01 of late? Interest in the Blago/Obama era must be driving up demand and prices.
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‘In the Scott Brown zone’ Think the Massachusetts special election was fun? Check out Illinois. From Gail:
And once again, we are in the world of the angry voter.
Really angry. Compared with Illinois, Massachusetts is Athens in the age of Pericles.