Paul Krugman reminds us that becoming a Jeb Bush adviser seems to require a lot of failure. How does it happen that his advisers are the same folks who said we'd be welcomed as liberators in Iraq and that we'd start seeing a massive inflationary spiral six long years ago? "Simply raising questions about the orthodoxies of the moment leads to excommunication, from which there is no coming back," he says. "So the only 'experts' left standing are those who made all the approved mistakes." But President Obama made Timothy Geithner Treasury Secretary and gave a litany of Bush Mobbers defense and intelligence jobs -- which tells me that the "fraternity of failure" includes all of Our Glorious Elites.
President Obama announces that certain military equipment -- like armored vehicles and grenade launchers -- will no longer find their way into local police departments. I'm heartened that Sen. Paul couldn't figure out a way not to support Mr. Obama's action -- though I'm annoyed that the head of the national Fraternal Order of Police deployed bait-and-switch arguing to oppose it, saying that "(t)he vast majority of the equipment that civilian law enforcement gets from the military is administrative stuff or defensive in nature," without saying that Mr. Obama didn't necessarily ban any of that. Don't read the article's comments, though; some of America's worst people have decided to chime in there.
Bloomberg sees a "pivot" from "big money" to "small business" for Hillary Clinton, thus proving, I hope, that merely deploying a parallel construction doesn't cover a multitude of sins. What are Ms. Clinton's ideas for "cutting red tape" for small businesses? We never learn, though we do hear from a small business lobby, which isn't the same thing as hearing from a small business, and we also learn that Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) supports "free" trade because it will supposedly help small businesses. How? We never learn that, either, though Ms. Feinstein goes on to say that "95 percent of the trade is carried out by companies and business of less than 500 people," as if that proves her point, or as if a business with 500 people could really be called a small business.
Paul Buchheit writes about "The Plundering of a Nation by a Beloved Company." Spoiler alert: it's Apple, which has humblebragged about "stealing" ideas but never mentions that a lot of its best ideas came from the public sector. And now Apple goes very far out of its way to avoid paying corporate taxes in America, which seems a bit short-sighted given how many of its ideas have come from the public sector, amirite? Plus they treat their employees badly and hide their "offshore" profits in plain sight here in the U.S.
Finally, Tony Perkins has his shorts in a bunch about a new ABC comedy called The Real O'Neals, premiering in the fall and executive-produced by Dan Savage. Why? Because, I suppose, a show about a Catholic family dealing with a gay son equals "Christian-bashing," even if the Catholic family learns and grows, apparently. I've read an awful lot of Savage Love, and the most interesting thing about it isn't whatever sexual activities he gets letters about, but his dedication in reminding folks to set boundaries and stick to them, which seems to me a conservative impulse. But Tony Perkins, being a reactionary, wouldn't know anything about conservative impulses.