Category Archives: Political Commentary

The “Progressive” Candidate

Now that the Perfumed Prince is in the race, is anyone going to challenge him on this bit of historical ignorance?

GEN. CLARK: Well, first of all, they were not efficient in terms of stimulating the kind of demand we need to move the economy back into a recovery mode, a strong recovery and a recovery that provides jobs. There are more effective ways of using the resources. Secondly, the tax cuts weren?t fair. I mean, the people that need the money and deserve the money are the people who are paying less, not the people who are paying more. I thought this country was founded on a principle of progressive taxation. In other words, it?s not only that the more you make, the more you give, but proportionately more because when you don?t have very much money, you need to spend it on the necessities of life. When you have more money, you have room for the luxuries and you should?one of the luxuries and one of the privileges we enjoy is living in this great country.

No, General, this country was founded on the principle of no federal income tax at all. We had to pass a Constitutional amendment, within the last century, in order to levy it.

[Update on Thursday morning]

There’s a debate ongoing in the comments section, but in the meantime, Professor Volokh has some thoughts.

The Wacky Ninth Circuit Strikes Again

They’ve (temporarily) postponed the recall election until March, prolonging the circus and giving Davis a much better shot, by having his fate decided by hordes of Democratic primary voters. It’s another attack of the chads!

We’ll see if the SCOTUS weighs in to preempt this nonsense.

[Update at 2 PM PDT]

The ever-perspicacious Eugene Volokh asks a great question:

Assuming that punch card ballots are generally less reliable than the alternatives, why should we think that using punch card ballots in several counties in Oct. 2003 would be less reliable than using the alternatives for the fist time in those counties in Mar. 2004?

Lights, Camera, Semiotics!

Here’s an interesting piece from the LA Times about how postmodernists have taken over film schools. I found this particular paragraph revealing, though I’m not quite sure of what:

From Kevin Brownlow, the world’s leading silent movie historian, author of “The Parade’s Gone By . . .,” and co-producer, with David Gill, of acclaimed documentaries: “You would think, from this closed-circuit attitude to teaching, that such academics would be politically right wing. For it is a kind of fascism to force people practicing one discipline to learn the language of another, simply for the convenience of an intellectual elite. It’s like expecting Slavs to learn German in order to comprehend their own inferiority. But they are not right wing. They are, regrettably, usually left wing?quite aggressively Marxist?which makes the whole situation even more alarming.”

I would have liked more elaboration why that was “alarming,” rather than completely unsurprising. Apparently, even some leftists are embarrassed by this stuff.