The Political-Environmental Complex

Not quite as catchy as the military-industrial complex, but no less real: Some of the biggest immediate beneficiaries of the green revolution, ironically, may have been politicians themselves. Executives of the top 50 recipients of the government’s green-energy aid have donated more than $2 million to federal campaigns since Obama took office. Some of the [Read More...]

Will Democrats Cave in Order to Avoid Revisiting the Debt Ceiling Before 2012? – UPDATED

[Note: See Update Below] I did not wake up this morning expecting to be impressed by the clever political maneuvering of John Boehner.  If I correctly interpret the events of the past few days, however, then count me impressed.  I suspect that Boehner might have cornered Democrats, so they will have to make major concessions [Read More...]

Daily Report, September 18th: Old Testament Wisdom, Run for the Border, Machiavelli in Massachusetts, Worst Dad of the Year Award, Thanking Mahmoud, and Spying on the Spies

1.  THE FIRST TESTAMENT.  If you’re interested in better understanding the Old Testament, that strange collection of books and poems and prophecies, filled with stories of wily characters like Jacob, swift-running old men like Elijah and whip-smart women like Esther, then you should be interested in John Goldingay’s three-volume series, a “truly magnum magnum opus.”  [Read More...]

Morning Report, August 20: Public Splition, Reverend Obama, Rabbi Obama, WWJD, In Government We Trust, LaRouchitler, Abortion Mandate, Ted Kennedy, Hold the Mayo (Clinic), and Avatar

1.  Democrats are now considering splitting the health care reform into two or more bills–which, as I’ve said previously, is what they should have done from the start.  The question is: can you get the water back into the glass?  More specifically, however, Reid proposes to set the budgetary elements into one bill, which can [Read More...]


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