Hillary Clinton pitches her college affordability plan, which Bloomberg says could "do the same thing for higher education that the Affordable Care Act did for health care." And you know what? It'll probably work. But it's not the plan you pitch as a candidate -- it's the plan you settle for, if you have to, once you're President. And when voters get a choice between a super-complex plan that can't be explained in one sentence and her opponent's plan, which will likely be COLLIDGE KIDZ PULLZ UP TEH BOOTSTRAPZ!!!!!, no one should be surprised when voters pick the latter.
Paul Krugman notes the relative absence of Obama-bashing during the prime-time Republican Presidential debate last Thursday, and surmises it must be because "President Obama just keeps failing to fail." Of course, President Obama has run the country more or less as a moderate Republican would, raising taxes on the rich just a bit, passing a health care reform first pitched by the Heritage Foundation almost a quarter-century ago, and blowing the mandate the voters clearly gave him in 2008 to stop letting stupid people have all the say about everything. But no, it hasn't been the disaster Republicans forecast.
Hey, liberals who liked John Kasich after that debate? Dig this: Gov. Kasich says, in re climate change, that "(w)e don't want to destroy people's jobs based on some theory that's not proven." Apparently he prefers destroying people's jobs based on some theory that's been proven wrong, like laissez-faire economics.
Rand Paul says, in re his flat tax proposal, that "income inequality is due to some people working harder and selling more things" than those other people. In an era where banksters suck the equity out of corporations like the vampire squids they are, and no longer care about lending money to worthy businesses that improve products and processes, that's some cojones right there.
Finally, for some truly depressing reading, Gov. Sam Brownback's brother Jim has apparently been terrorizing his neighbors in the rural Brownback homestead of Parker, Kansas. Jim Brownback has, apparently, done it all -- threatened his neighbors, stolen their livestock, shot at their houses, and (I really shouldn't put this last) became a deadbeat on child support and on several six-figure loans, all while throwing around the Governor's name so he doesn't get in trouble. Warning: by the time you get to the part where he leaves a bull to die on the ground in pain for several days and says his insurance will take care of it, you may be in a fighting mood yourself.