Links, 11/17/10

Links below are pretty political: there have been a number of stories about budgets and what-not I’ve been following closely.

Not sure when the next post will be. I did find something I want to work on away from here, and I know it would be prudent of me to continue the work I’ve started. I’ll let you know how it goes, but for now, I’m thinking another week away would be nice.

  • “You Fix the Budget” (nytimes; h/t Megan McArdle) – I “fixed” things by throwing people off Social Security and cutting Medicare. (I wish this thing would let you buy more nukes and cut taxes even lower. There used to be a text adventure game where you were President that this reminds me of.) Still, this is really informative about the choices that have to be made.
  • Jay Cost, “Electoral Review Part 3: The West” – from the article: …This, in turn, suggests that Republicans must tread carefully on the issue of immigration. Border security is important, but there is a fine political line on this issue. Democratic strategists would love to tar all Republican candidates who favor securing the border as anti-Latino, and the GOP must be prepared to combat this image. Thus, candidates like Tom Tancredo must be avoided assiduously, and the proper political tone must be struck.
  • Ross Douthat, “The Party of No” – as I’ve told some of you, I really think the deficit commission’s report is a good thing. It is a serious document, above all. From the article: But pondering what Nancy Pelosi and her compatriots are rejecting gives us a pretty good sense of what they’re for. It’s a world where the government perpetually warps the real estate and health care marketplaces, subsidizing McMansions and gold-plated insurance plans to the tune of billions every year. It’s a world where federal jobs are sacrosanct, but the private sector has to labor under one of the higher corporate tax rates in the developed West. It’s a world where the Social Security retirement age never budges, no matter how high average life expectancy climbs. And it’s a world where federal spending rises inexorably to 25 percent of G.D.P. and beyond, and taxes rise with it.
  • Reza Aslan, “Hillary’s Troubling Silence” – from the article: A full-scale genocide is under way in Iraq: a well-planned, well-financed, deliberate plot to cleanse the country of its Christian citizens. And thus far, neither the Iraqi government nor the United States is doing anything to stop it.
  • Peggy Orenstein, “Think about Pink” – from the article: There’s no question that many women, myself included, experience breast cancer as an assault on our femininity. Feeling sexual in the wake of mastectomy, lumpectomy, radiation or chemo is a struggle, one that may or may not result in a new, deeper understanding of yourself. While Betty Rollin acknowledged such visceral feelings about breasts, she never reduced herself to them.
  • Itzhak Perlman plays Bach Partita No. 3 for solo violin, BWV 1066 – part 1 | part 2

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