“First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for me, […]
A couple weeks back we put up a visualization of Federal Spending per State. It was good fun, but we did leave out one ‘little’ aspect of that whole spending thing – Defense Spending. Cameron sort of explained the rationale in the comments – Defense spending is a collective good that would tend to have […]
Edit: Commenter Free By 50 has pointed out that guidance has been issued on employer paid contributions to an HSA or an HRA. You can find that calculator on the Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight website. I was only able to open it in a recent version of Microsoft Office – YMMV. I […]
I just wanted to share with you folks a quick hit from exiting Republican Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, who was defeated in the Senate primary by Richard Mourdock. Mourdock lost in the general, after making controversial statements on rape. But he’s not the story here. Senator Lugar gave a speech at the moderate Ripon […]
To all of the people complaining about mathematical forecasting in relation to the current election, I’m here to tell you something: don’t be so naive. I know, I get it – Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight is an adult. He can defend himself. He’s also a political writer – so before he started engaging in his […]
You watched the Presidential Debate on Monday, I assume? Good – because we can discuss a very confusing yet important topic about debate strategy this year. Specifically, let’s discuss Mitt Romney’s strategy in the second and third debates, and Paul Ryan’s strategy in the VP debates. The Bully Pulpit The President doesn’t have as […]
When you own a website, sometimes you need to type out an article and lay out your lamentations about the decline of something in your culture. Usually, this coincides with hitting a certain age and believing “that wasn’t the case when I was a kid”. I don’t have any excuse like that; my cynicism is a reaction to a perfect storm of articles in recent days which, far from moving the Overton Window, broke the window and ripped out all the framing. Heck, it probably knocked down the wall.
In the episode of the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror VII, you can find one of the most poignant cultural references ever made by a cartoon:
Homer: America, take a good look at your beloved candidates. They’re nothing but hideous space reptiles!
Kodos: It’s true, we are aliens… but what are you going to do about it? It’s a two-party system; you have to vote for one of us!
Man1: He’s right, this is a two-party system!
Man2: Well, I believe I’ll vote for a third-party candidate…
Kang: Go ahead, throw your vote away!
Of course, Ross Perot is then show punching a hole in a “Perot ’96” hat.
So, let’s say that you aren’t completely happy with either Democratic President Barack Obama or Republican Candidate Mitt Romney. What’s a budding protester to do?
Spoiler alert for anyone who is still ignoring the Presidential race, Republican Mitt Romney has picked Paul Ryan (a Representative from Wisconsin) as his running mate (and President Barack Obama and Joe Biden work out some kinks). The battle has already begun as each campaign has pivoted from talking about the economy to talking about how their opponent will cut Medicare to the bone, and leave millions of seniors without health care options. If talking about Social Security and Medicare is the third rail of American politics, then the best way to describe it would be to say that the candidates are trying to push their opponents onto the track.