Posted by: Rational Voice | October 24, 2010

Rational Reading for October 24th

Here is another edition. This first piece is pretty good, getting at the heart of what Washington needs to do after Republicans win control of the House: listen to the American people.

Matthew Continetti – The Day After: Listen to the American people

Paul Krugman, a columnist for the New York Times and Nobel Prize recipient for Economics, has argued again and again that the stimulus was too small, that we need more government involvement, and this past week said that austerity measures in Britain were only going to hurt them. Well, a British columnist has shot back and it’s worth the read. It’s amazing someone as supposedly brilliant as Krugman just can’t seem to get it. History has shown the measures he advocates don’t work but yet he fails to grasp it:

Jeremy Warner -Will someone please shut Krugman up

George Will – A blue-state governor with red-state qualities

And this line from the next piece, while it doesn’t completely capture the Democratic mindset, it comes very close: “Democrats will do anything to make sure that Democratic voters stay helpless and hopeless enough to vote for Democrats.” They don’t want to empower people, they want to make sure they stay utterly dependent on them rather than on themselves because the simple truth is that if they are empowered, knowing they can do things for themselves better than the Democrats, they’ll flip sides, going with the side that supports one of the fundamental aspects that made this country great–Self-reliance.

P. J. O’Rourke – They Hate Our Guts: And they’re drunk on power

False expectations: The historic infrastructure investment that wasn’t

And this next piece had this line that literally had me rolling with laughter: “And Barney Frank is self-punishing. Imagine being trapped inside Barney Frank.” And there is another good line: “Worse than an A student is somebody pretending to be one, witness Al Gore.”

P.J. O’Rourke – A Plague of ‘A’ Students – Why it’s so irksome being governed by the Obami

Steve Chapman – Obama’s False Alarm on Corporate Electioneering

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