Forbes magazine announces that "Obama Outperforms Reagan on Jobs, Growth, and Investing." Mr. Obama started from further back, too, but he'd have done a lot better if he reversed Mr. Reagan's massive tax cuts on millionaire income and, you know, actually spent money on projects that employed people. Even Mr. Obama claims his stimulus plan didn't actually make things better, but prevented things from being much worse, which is a hell of a thing to hang your hat on.
An AFP report asserts that support for ISIS has increased since the U.S. began airstrikes in Iraq. The only evidence the article present, though, is the word of the FBI Director, which ain't enough -- and the number of ISIS soldiers the article reports is the same number as the last number I saw. Lesson: it's always better to have evidence than hysteria, especially for a reasonable-enough assertion.
U.S. District Court judge in Utah rules that a Mormon man doesn't have to name church leaders in a federal child-labor investigation involving his church, because it violates his "religious beliefs." Judge Sam even goes so far as to say the court has no business "inquir(ing) into the theological merit of the belief in question." But if, say, a Sojourner or Quaker refused to name leaders because of religious beliefs during a frivolous "national security" investigation under a President Scott Walker, I bet judges would suddenly find ways to test the "merit" of religious beliefs.
Rep. Larry Buchson (R-IN) suggests we shouldn't believe climate scientists when they put out research supporting climate change because their "careers depends (sic) on the climate changing to keep themselves publishing articles." If you're tempted to believe this malarkey, ask yourself how much more money climate scientists would make if they worked for the oil corporations "debunking" climate change. Better yet, ask the ones who do.
David Brooks bemoans that we are "particularly slow to build institutions to combat long-running problems." You may be tempted to think wow! He's actually making sense for once! If so, note how carefully he avoids the word "government." "Governance" doesn't count, not if "big organizations," for you, are "the army, corporations and agencies," and not, you know, your government -- or if the "long-running problems" you list don't include pollution or poverty.
Finally, Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke (D) has fired a campaign consultant who lifted big slabs of Ms. Burke's policy platforms from other candidates. It makes little difference that this consultant mostly plagiarized himself by lifting from his own writings for those other candidates -- Gov. Walker will too easily be able to make this about Mary Burke and plagiarism, because it looks like plagiarism and is insignificantly different from plagiarism. So, buh-bye, Mary Burke -- and everybody, say hello to President Scott Walker in 2016.