Thursday, July 10, 2014
No, there hasn’t been any progress in reducing our long-term debt or our unfunded liabilities in entitlements. But when the GOP refuses to countenance any new revenues, I can’t blame the president. And to have reduced a budget deficit from 10 percent of GDP to just over 2 percent in the wake of a massive recession is something a Republican president would be bragging incessantly about.

Meep Meep Watch « The Dish

Andrew Sullivan may be a little more bullish on the Obama presidency than I am. At some point, his PR miscues become actual miscues. But he raises a few things worth considering here.

The Simpsons once joked about things being “solved” once they disappeared from media scrutiny. In the case of Obama issues, that seems to be true.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
They claim that “The Syrian dictator [used chemical weapons], and Mr Obama did nothing.” Nothing? So how is it that Syria has now peacefully relinquished almost all of its chemical stockpile? And wasn’t resolving that question – and not the broader problem of Syria’s sectarian implosion – the entire point of the threatened strike? Are we supposed to prefer an option that would have dragged the US into the Syrian vortex and not guaranteed any actual success to a policy that kept us out but largely solved the problem?

Letting Go Of Global Hegemony, Ctd « The Dish

In which Andrew Sullivan effectively tears apart the Economist editorial I linked a couple of posts ago.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Monday, May 5, 2014 Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Friday, February 21, 2014 Saturday, February 8, 2014 Thursday, January 30, 2014 Sunday, January 26, 2014
States that spent more on benefits were also more likely to have higher median incomes, which mean that tax bases were also higher. In fact, all five of the states with the highest median income are among the top spenders on social programs. Most of the least generous states have among the lowest median incomes in the country.

States with the most government benefits

Government is not the solution … um … wait a minute …