Another chance

Yes it’s a good thing. Yes it’s a chance to lock in the gains on healthcare reform, perhaps a chance to move past some of the ridiculousness of tax policy. But three distinct caveats:

  1. War is bad. Drones are bad. Secretiveness in foreign policy is bad.
  2. Did Mitt Romney lose because of his ideas or because voters didn’t like him? He had already lost to John McCain four years ago and McCain is distinctly unlikeable. We elect people, not so much policies. John Kerry, Al Gore, Bob Dole, Michael Dukakis–all unlikeable. Bill Clinton, Barack Obama–wouldn’t you want to have them to dinner?
  3. Global warming? Hellooooooooo!!!!!


In the streets of London

Looting is bad, just to say the obvious, but it’s hard not to think of all that has unfolded this year in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, et. al. while looking at reports of the London riots. You could certainly say that there are no similarities, that it’s pure avarice, criminality, and there are no lessons to be learned, but I would say that there are a lot of people who are angry–at the police, at the lack of opportunity, at being tantalized by the glossy consumable world. Are we going to address that?