"Beyond the Laffer Curve -- the Case for Confiscatory Taxation," headlines this article by Matthew Yglesias. Mr. Yglesias still doesn't make moral cases for policy prescriptions, but at least here he abandons the notion that raising revenue is all we should discuss -- that perhaps "breaking the doom loop of oligarchy" is more important, even an end in itself. And to the prospect that CEOs might all at once retire once we limit their pay, folks who can remember as far back as six years ago will likely respond in only one way: we can only hope!
New Jersey woman sues state Motor Vehicle Commission for rejecting her application for an "8THEIST" license plate. According to her suit, the state said it rejected her vanity plate because it would "carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency." Ah, no: a vanity plate connoting an adult's sexual preference for children would be "offensive to good taste and decency." But some of the people most concerned about "good taste and decency" happen to be atheists. And atheism only "offends" people who want God's kingdom right here, right now, because they're not really secure in their own faith.
Paul Buchheit explodes the myth that the super-rich just work harder than the rest of us by listing no less than 13 ways the super-rich really make their money. I know the list only goes from one through seven, but a couple of them are really packed. Long story short: the super-rich are often born on third base and then they cheat to get to home plate. I mean, when banksters literally hoard food to keep it off the market so it jacks up prices and then "bet" on prices going up, they're not just inverting the American Dream; they're creating a "free" market dependent on failure, not success.
CNN hack asks, after the murder arrest of ex-KKK member Frazier Glenn Cross or Glenn Miller or whatever he calls himself these days, whether the KKK can "rebrand." Well, after nearly 150 years of murdering blacks just because they're black, the KKK might actually be just a few backyard barbecues and Little League uniform donations away from "rebranding," as long as they have the "liberal" media around to enable them. Again, this is why we need a la carte cable packaging.
Finally, David Brooks suggests on TV that people think President Obama has "a manhood problem in the Middle East." Of course David Brooks doesn't really agree that Mr. Obama has a "manhood" problem, but he's putting it out there anyway, because enough other Serious People believe it, I guess, and when do they ever get a voice on Sunday morning news programs? One would think after eight years of Mr. Bush doing the helicopter dance in front of the world, people might get a little tired of that sort of "manhood." But our "liberal" media can't be troubled to connect the dots. I wonder why.