Sean Illing says "Donald Trump’s Political Triumph Makes It Official -- We’re a Nation of Idiots." Ah, no -- it would be almost precisely as meaningful to say "we're a nation of geniuses!" because Bernie Sanders gets more support in Democratic primaries than Donald Trump does in Republican primaries (and until South Carolina, he was getting a lot more support from his party's primary voters than Mr. Trump was from his). And, you know, I don't brook talk about how "stupid" Americans are. Americans are good people, and our goodness, unfortunately, makes us susceptible to being led by bad people. Before I die, I would like that situation sorted, and I will help sort it as best I can.
David Brooks offers a useful analysis of "the governing cancer of our time." Which is, you'll learn, "outsider" politicians who don't know how to compromise and don't want to learn how to compromise. You and I will object that, too often, Our Glorious Elites try to sell "doing whatever they want to do" as "compromise," but of course I agree that compromise is essential to governing a diverse population. But why does Mr. Brooks think this is "the culmination of the trends we have been seeing for the last 30 years?" 30 years ago was 1986, at about the time the Reagan Revolution was cemented; surely he doesn't mean to suggest that was a bad thing, does he?
Factcheck.org finds Bernie Sanders's claim that corporations pay a much smaller percentage of overall federal tax revenues than they did 60 years ago a bit wanting. I'll admit I've flogged this figure myself, but I feel compelled to point out that saying Mr. Sanders hasn't properly contextualized this claim (corporate taxes, as a percentage of federal revenue, actually started dropping drastically in the '60s) is not exactly an argument against making corporations pay more, any more than climate change denialist arguments prove that pollution is OK.
Sen. Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, tells us why the Republicans' big "let insurers sell insurance across state lines" idea is pretty awful. Besides the fact that it's already legal for insurance corporations to do this, besides the fact that a half dozen states have gone out of their way to encourage this notion and have experienced negligible results, and besides the fact that getting insurance from out-of-state doesn't mean you'll be able to use the doctors you like in-state: a "cross-state insurance" plan could take power away from state insurance officials, who can more stringently regulate insurance premiums and offerings than our federal government does.
Finally, a computer hacking expert invites some white-hat hackers to hack into his life -- and finds that it's all too easy to do. The stunning finding is that even when we do our best to secure our computers, hackers will resort to less technological methods, like pretending to be your spouse and calling your cable company and spinning a sob story to get your password changed to whatever they want it to be. The more comforting finding is that you can get yourself enough security, because getting hacked to the point of losing everything simply doesn't happen to very many people, and certainly not very many obscure people.