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Robert Scheer comments on Obama’s State of the Union speech (italics mine): His references to education provided a convenient scapegoat for the failure of the economy, rather than to blame the actions of the Wall Street hustlers to whom Obama is now sucking up. Yes, it is an obvious good to have better-educated students to…

Blood Libel, Jews, and the Democratic Party

Like clockwork, every time an election rolls around, Republican-leaning pundits and political operatives, in their infinite wisdom, predict that this election will be the election wherein Jews abandon the Democratic Party. And then, like clockwork, Jews overwhelmingly vote Democratic. One reason has to do with the Republican Party’s exclusionary identity politics: even if Jews were…

Reading the prepared text of Obama’s speech at the Tucson Memorial Thursday night, there was one part I really liked: And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy,…

Obama has finally gotten around to choosing a replacement for Larry Summers, and named Gene Sperling director of the National Economic Council (why he didn’t prioritize this with nearly 10% U3 unemployment is puzzling). This has been controversial since Gene Sperling, like many of Obama’s closest advisors, has ties to Wall Street. David Corn describes…

The Rotten Revolving Door

Marshall Auerback comments on the new ‘creative’ economy (italics mine): Finally, there is the odious problem of political corruption, which manifests itself in many forms, but most recently through the cynical revolving door policy between Wall Street and government. Peter Orszag’s move to Citi after spending months launching broadsides against Social Security from his perch…

Now if former head of the OMB Peter Orszag were only so charitable when it came to disability benefits. From AMERICAblog, here’s the timeline: 2005 Peter Orszag, already at the Brookings Institute, proposes the Diamond-Orszag Plan, “Saving Social Security” (pdf; intro here; comment here). He wants (surprise) benefit cuts. The Diamond-Orszag Plan is now incorporated…

Certainly, you shouldn’t when the topic is education ‘reform.’ Some snarky bloggers refer to The Washington Post as the Kaplan Test Prep Company, since most of the Post’s profits come from the KTPC, not the newspaper (both of which are owned by the Washington Post Company). Well, any claims The Washington Post might want to…

So my first thought upon reading that a fraternity pledge ritual involved chanting in a public place “No Means Yes, Yes Means Anal” was “Frat boys are still assholes. Nice to see that some things remain constant.” Then I read that this happened at Yale, and my next thought was, “I wonder which of these…

Hunger and the Ethical Failure of Our Elites

Last week, I showed pictures of what a food stamp budget actually buys. By way of Susie Madrak, we come across this article describing hunger in Philadelphia: Sherita Parks went shopping in a corner store in Frankford the other day with her too-thin daughter, Joe-anna, 2…. “I only wanted to spend a dollar today, so…

Once again, Janet Stemwedel reminds us why we keep professional philosophers around. On Monday, in response to cancer researcher Scott Kern’s moaning about how cancer researchers don’t work hard enough, I asked if science was a job or a calling? Janet framed the question far better than I did (and go read the whole thing–there’s…