John Hawkins has a very nice compilation of his favorite quotes from Milton Friedman. I wish he were still around to comment on today's economy and the administration's policies.
Ezra Klein makes an interesting point about the way that the GOP primaries are scheduled. There are the early primaries and then sort of a break until the Super Tuesday primaries in March. The impact might be to give voters a chance to exercise voters' remorse if they aren't as happy as they might be with whomever wins the early candidates. And, as Klein indicates, this benefits Mitt Romney who will have the money to hang around even if he loses to Gingrich in the early states.
Walter Russell Mead tears apart that obnoxious Harold Bloom column from last week worrying about electing a Mormon.
There are scores of other Mormon congressmen and elected officials from both parties who escape the censure of Professor Bloom and the Times. The only one who seems to worry them is the one who might end up getting the Republican nomination for president. In some circles, this would look like a cheap shot: stirring up religious bigotry to slime a candidate you feared. It would look like the kind of thing that any Yale professor would be ashamed to do, and the kind of piece that a great newspaper would refuse to run. (Duh! Thanks to the reader who pointed out that his name is Walter, not William.)Exactly so.
Gosh, how clueless is Rick Perry? Now he seems to think that 21 is the voting age. Such flubs make it difficult to argue that his brain freeze in the debate was an anomaly. Has any successful politician's weaknesses been more revealed in a presidential run than Perry's?
Forbes looks at how the defense sequestrations required since the super committee's failure will increase unemployment in just those sort of construction jobs that Obama is supposed to be fighting to save.
And this is guaranteed to make you laugh. My daughter sent me a link to this hilarious site: Ugly Renaissance Babies. This is high concept.