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It’s the right call…

31 Jan

Romney bows out.

It’s the right call. And I say that as a person who wrote in for Romney (over the execrable McCain) and then who voted for Romney last time. He would have been a good President, and he is a good man. One of the best who has ever run. But his day is done, and even HE came to realize it.

Everyone should now vote for Scott Walker or Bobby Jindal. Chris Christie is an entertaining loser–the reincarnation of John McCain, but with wit (and he would get the same result in a general election). I like videos of Christie; I don’t like his policies. There are much better ways he can serve.

 
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Yeah, why am I

30 Jan

not surprised? Obama was a total idiot for doing this in the first place, at least if it was his intention to keep terrorists off the streets (which itself is doubtful). Bergdahl is a traitor and deserter. He should be in Leavenworth. Yet the Left defends him. Wow. Abysmal judgment all around.

 
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Posted in Buffoons

 

Ruh-Roh!

30 Jan

Romney is in trouble. And his top lieutenants know it. That’s why they are leaving. They can interpret the score as well as anyone.

Look, I think Romney is a good man and would have been an excellent President. But that day is done. I’m not a Jeb Bush fan at all, but for Romney the writing is on the wall. There are now far more appealing candidates. The field is not nearly as weak as it was last time. If Romney has a ghost of a chance, it is in moving hard to the right. But I just don’t think that’s who he IS. And I’m not at all sure that such “deathbed repentance” is at all convincing in any case. It doesn’t work theologically, and it doesn’t work politically. I think he should just go softly into that good night…

 
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India:

30 Jan

not stupid. America can afford to be stupid. India can’t.

But we are all doomed! Yeah, that’s SO 1965…

 
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Hey, we’re almost

29 Jan

out of oil! Oh, never mind.

 
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It certainly is true that

29 Jan

sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money. But actually, you might see you a revolt well before that time. That revolt can take many different forms. In many European countries, tax fraud is almost ubiquitous. There is no armed revolt, just a refusal to comply. I’m not at all sure what will happen here. If we’re lucky, we’ll just get passive resistance.

 
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Posted in Taxes

 

I have

29 Jan

a modest proposal. Make ALL professors “at will” employees with no tenure. Tenure has had horrible effects on everyone. Simply pay by the class. If you want a researcher, then hire a researcher. If you want a librarian, hire a librarian. If you want to cook, hire a cook. In the other words, everyone who teaches is an adjunct faculty member. As a former adjunct faculty member, I can tell you that this would pretty much solve the problem. Just hire a few good administrators.

Tenure is just evil. No other job has that, and for a very good reason. You have to ask why if no other industry uses tenure, how is it good for the universities? If it were a good idea, wouldn’t others do it also? It simply makes no sense. Can you think of another job with formal tenure? It only benefits the entrenched left and scrounges. It may be hard to get, but once you get it you can just relax and take your ease. Decent workers would be well served by a different system–they thrive now and they would thrive under the new system. Tenure only benefits those who sandbag–all others would be just fine. I think we need to ask some tough questions about this tradition.

A famous story is often told. A younger woman told her new husband that when you bake a turkey you have to cut the leg bones in half. He didn’t really understand why. She told him that she didn’t know why, but that was the way it has always been done and it was just the right way. So the man asked his mother in law. She told him that her mother always cut the leg bones in half. The grandmother said she could not afford to buy a pan big enough for the whole turkey and that’s why she cut the leg bones. So the tradition lived on. Yeah, to the third and fourth generation.

I think that is exactly where we are with education. The fact that something is traditional doesn’t make it right.

 
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I think that

29 Jan

no one follow things at all is under any delusion that Obama is not anti-Israel in the extreme. So good for the Congress.

 
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Hey, you THOUGHT you could save for college.

29 Jan

You need to know you place, peon! (thanks Glenn Reynolds). From “The Daily Shot:”

Hey, remember when President Obama proposed ending the tax-free status of 529 college-savings plans?

This is one of those allegedly unfair loopholes in our tax system that he’s completely fine with utilizing for his own family. Back in 2007, he and Michelle put a huge amount of money in a 529 plan for their daughters:

According to their 2008 tax returns, the Obamas took advantage of a unique feature of 529 plans that allows account owners to front-load five years’ worth of contributions, $240,000 in total for the two girls. They did so without triggering gift taxes — now levied on any gift exceeding $13,000 a year. Form 709, the federal gift-tax form, shows that Barack and Michelle Obama made equal contributions of $120,000 each, or $60,000 to each of the two children in 2007.

The claim that the tax-free status of 529 plans represents some sort of giveaway to the rich turns out to be typically inaccurate administration propaganda:

As of March 2014, close to ten percent of 529 accounts are owned by households with income below $50,000, over 70 percent are owned by households with income below $150,000, and almost 95 percent of 529 accounts are in households with income below$250,000.

The good news — if temporary — is that Obama is dropping the proposal:

President Obama, facing angry reprisals from parents and from lawmakers of both parties, will drop his proposal to effectively end popular college savings accounts known as 529s, but will keep an expanded tuition tax credit at the center of his college access plan, the White House said Tuesday.

The decision came just hours after House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio demanded the proposal be withdrawn from the president’s budget, due out Monday, “for the sake of middle-class families.” But the call for the White House to relent also came from top Democrats, including Representatives Nancy Pelosi of California, the minority leader, and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the ranking member of the Budget Committee.

Ms. Pelosi pressed the case to senior administration officials on board Air Force One as she flew with the president from India to Saudi Arabia, according to Democratic aides familiar with the discussions.

 
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People are starting

28 Jan

to wisen up. Hillary’s poll numbers are cratering. She is a sucky candidate. There’s a reason Obama beat her.

 
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