Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

(1) Wake Up, RINOs! (American Thinker)

“Republicans in general, and RINOs in particular, need to wake up and realize that the Steele dossier, Crossfire Hurricane, and two impeachments were not about Trump. None of this was done because The Donald sends mean tweets. These attacks were done because he had denied them their “rightful victory.” He dashed their dream to become our unchallenged rulers.”

Roused by ‘Julia’

Under the spreading chestnut tree, I sold you and you sold me.
— George Orwell

I haven’t written about politics (and have been happier for it) but have to mention ‘Julia’ since the study of ‘welfare states, planned economies, and all manner of bureaucracies’ has been a lifelong passion (dystopia). What is so rich is that ‘Julia’ could have been written by a conservative espousing the risks of the welfare state. It was also released at a time when the ‘end game’ (apologies to Krugman) of the welfare state is on display in Europe.

(1) The Party of Julia (NY TIMES)

(2) The Lonely Life of Julia: In Obama’s ideal world, men are replaced by bureaucrats. (WSJ)

(3) A Nation of Julias (National Review)

(4) O’s campaign gets creepy (NY Post)

(5) “The Life of Julia” And Obama’s Orwellian Vision for a Fundamental Change In the Relationship Between Citizen and State (Ace)

(6) Romney: Clinton Said Big Government Era Over, But Obama Brought It Back

“Julia progresses from cradle to grave, showing how government makes every good thing in her life possible. The weak economy, high unemployment, falling wages, rising gas prices, the national debt, the insolvency of entitlements – all these are fictionally assumed away in a cartoon that is produced by a president who wants us to forget about them.

What does it say about a president’s policies when he has to use a cartoon character rather than real people to justify his record? What does it say about the fiction of old liberalism to insist that good jobs and good schools and good wages will result from policies that have failed us, time and again?”

Julia’s world (The Economist)

Weekend 217.1 (Crony Capitalism Edition)

Angry Bird: First PeckCrony Capitalism ALERT
Rival: City’s bike-sharing program ‘tainted’

A rival bidder is trying to put the brakes on Chicago’s plan to launch the nation’s largest bike sharing program — by claiming the path was greased for an Oregon company where Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s transportation commissioner once worked.

Josh Squire, owner of Bike Chicago, charged that Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein “tainted the process” by failing to disclose his prior relationship with winning bidder Alta Bicycle Share.


The Roots of Hardship: Despite massive amounts of aid, poor countries tend to stay poor. Maybe their institutions are the problem. (WSJ)

“Just as inclusive institutions feed on each other, so do their opposites: Extractive political institutions support the economic institutions that protect the interests of the elite against new entry from competitors. The wealth of the elite so created can make the hierarchical, authoritarian state even larger and more repressive, increasing elite wealth even more.”

A book our own elites should read.