Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
It’s like having a kid, really. There’s never a “good” time to start a family. No matter when you do it, there’s going to be sleepless nights and runny noses and attempts to stick non-food items in mouths. But it doesn’t stop us from doing it in the first place.
And much like starting a family, there’s never going to be a “good” time to ramp up the space program. There are always going to be Earth-bound problems that need attention and money.
But this should not stop us.
True. It shouldn't.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
From the archives: I reviewed Douthat and Salam's Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream for the New York Post. I must say, though, I was more enthused then than I'd be now about the idea that appealing to "Sam's Club" shoppers without college educations is the key to future Republican success. I hadn't thoroughly contemplated how damaging the I-don't-care-what-intellectuals-think style of politics could be.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
* "Now I understand that some believe that we should attempt a return to the Moon first, as previously planned. But I just have to say pretty bluntly here: We've been there before. Buzz has been there. There's a lot more of space to explore, and a lot more to learn when we do."
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
With much gratitude to my friend Ken Silber for opening up his blog to me and now to my new book, I believe Quicksilber is a fit place to publicly announce its launch. (My publisher tells me that official launch activities commence in May, so you heard it here first.)
The book is called Who Really Wrote the Bible? and it should be of particular interest to those who appreciate literature and literary criticism. I personally find it fascinating to learn of the publication of another new book, cleverly titled Contested Will, that explores the controversy surrounding the authorship of Shakespeare's plays. The author, James Shapiro, puts to rest the nonsense that has surrounded the notion that Sir Francis Bacon, Edward de Vere or others were the real Bard. I believe it is fair to say that my co-author Eyal Rav-Noy and I even more completely inter the notion that J, E, P and D were the writers of the Five Books of Moses (not because of any deficiency on Shapiro's part but because the case for the documentary hypothesis, or JEPD theory, that we write about is fatally flawed on logical grounds alone). Both books also note the cultural milieu that made authorship challenges trendy and seemingly relevant. Perhaps the publication of these two books signals a new trend favoring authenticity (or perhaps just sound reasoning).
Reading about Shakespeare, just like reading Shakespeare, is deeply rewarding because of the literary magnificence of his work. All the more so then should intellectuals concern themselves with the composition of the Bible, because the literary achievement it represents dwarfs that of William Shakespeare. And if you don't believe me, read the book and judge for yourself!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
David Boaz says many of those who propound it engage in simpleminded nostalgia. (LewRockwell.com erupts in rage.)
John Stossel proudly proclaims that he converted to it, and complains that people on street don't know what it is; doesn't mention the profound differences among its proponents as to what it is.
UPDATE: And some new polling data on what government spending people actually want to cut.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Had I been given the mike, I'd have asked "Who has better solutions for America: Ron Paul or Lyndon LaRouche? I can't decide."
James Pethokoukis is displeased by Volcker's amenability to a VAT and an energy tax. He sees that as reflecting a new "Washington consensus" that America's undertaxed. I think the big fight will be over whether such new taxes are combined with getting rid of various existing taxes.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Since taking office, and in his budget address, Christie has repeated -- almost as a mantra -- that fixing New Jersey's budget will involve "shared sacrifices." The good news, though, is that the state starts from an extremely high spending baseline, which is how the tax burden got so out of control. Those "sacrifices" will involve dropping to a spending level that is merely above-average.
So, the next time someone tells you that Chris Christie wants to cut spending "through the bone," remember that New Jersey doesn't have to emulate Texas to shrink tax burdens. If Christie gets his way, the Garden State might someday be a libertarian paradise along the lines of the ("People's Republic of") Massachusetts.
Me: It will be nice to live in a libertarian paradise.