Links, 4/8/11

  • Megan McArdle, “The People’s Budget” – from the article: …if you want to get the budget under control without meaningfully cutting into entitlements, you’re going to need to hike taxes substantially on the middle class.  I’m waiting for the first politician to say this out loud.
  • Jay Cost, “The Donald Attacks!” – a comparison between Trump & Perot, with this caveat: Now, to be clear, there are big differences between Trump and Perot. The biggest is Trump pushing the ludicrous birther issue. Whether he realizes it or not, it is fundamentally undermining his attack on Obama. To me, it’s a sign that he’s not actually serious about running for president.
  • James Downie, “Glenn Beck’s Decline: What Caused It?” (h/t Kishore) – from the article: During the Egyptian Revolution, Beck sided with Hosni Mubarak, alleging that his fall was “controlled by the socialist communists and the Muslim Brotherhood.” Beck is now warning viewers not to use Google, accusing the search-engine giant of “being deep in bed with the government.”
  • Two solo piano works: Martha Argerich plays Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 4 (wish I had her dynamics); Valentina Lisitsa plays Rachmaninov Prelude Op. 32 No.5 (hate the video, still listening to this to figure out if I like it)


  1. On Beck – when you start to believe your a god than you’ve got problems. I’m guessing he hasn’t brushed up on his greek tragedies in a long while.

  2. Thought you’d love this quote its over twenty years old from former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian:

    “The NCAA is so mad at Kentucky, it’s going to give Cleveland State two more years’ probation.”

    I’d tell you to google it, but you gotta be careful, I hear they’re in deep with the Muslim Brotherhood!

  3. Let’s not forget how Beck said that God was angry with the people of Japan, and that’s why (according to Beck) He sent them all of their recent tragedy…

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