Today’s round-up is busting at the seams, like my new size four jeans

Boy oh boy, y’all, today’s round-up has me excited. We’re talking the Hunger Games, the Laffer Curve and James O’Keefe, and they all have one thing in common – awesomeness.

So let’s get to it!

My friend and co-Corner Boother David wrote an excellent critique of the Hunger Games on the Corner Booth. I’ve been marinating in how to react to the story (other than the obvious, being completely and devotedly Team Peeta) and his post helped immensely.

Ever wonder what the cost of Obamacare will be? Charles Krauthammer knows, and he was nice enough to tell all of us. (Spoiler alert – It’s not affordable or caring.)

Speaking of affordability, we could probably pay for everything if we just got those naughty billionaires to “pay their fair share”, right? If you’re laboring under that delusion, Political Math has a graph that will make you weep. While you cry, you should probably read about the Laffer Curve and become a full-blown conservative. (Side note – every time I see Art Laffer on TV, he always seems so dang happy. I think he’s discovered the secret to life: discover a great public policy principle and name it after yourself. Even if, in later years everyone ignores it, you still get to be RIGHT.)

The Economist had a great piece this week on the devaluation of everything through our unwillingness to cut back and be honest. From the piece:

Take the grossly underreported problem of “size inflation”, where clothes of any particular labelled size have steadily expanded over time. Estimates by The Economist suggest that the average British size 14 pair of women’s trousers is now more than four inches wider at the waist than it was in the 1970s. In other words, today’s size 14 is really what used to be labelled a size 18; a size 10 is really a size 14. (American sizing is different, but the trend is largely the same.) Fashion firms seem to think that women are more likely to spend if they can happily squeeze into a smaller label size. But when three out of four American adults and three out of five Britons are overweight, the danger is that size inflation reduces women’s incentive to eat less. Meanwhile, food-portion inflation has also made it harder to fight the flab. Pizzas now come in regular, large and very large. Starbucks coffees are Tall, Grande, Venti or (soon) Trenta. “Small” seems to be a forbidden word.

image from The Economist

The Economist rightly points out that it’s not just our vanity we’re propping up – it’s our economies, our job markets (inflated titles make it harder for young people to find jobs) and our societies, as we satisfy ourselves through falsehoods rather than genuine change.

Remember how voter ID laws are racist? What if they just make sense? James O’Keefe is back with another sting operation, and this time, he brought the heat to Attorney General Eric Holder’s doorstep. Literally. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS.

Santorum dropped out, which was wise, in my opinion. He can have a great future in politics, but not if he lost Pennsylvania, and not while torn between his daughter’s health and a Presidential race. In the wake of his announcement, Quin Hilyer at the American Spectator wrote a piece begging conservatives to quit bickering and start rallying, which is exactly what I’ve been saying, so thanks for backing me up, ol’ buddy. Romney’s not perfect. But guess what, Tea Partier who’s convinced we’re doomed – neither are you. We can make Romney into a great candidate and we can still make a difference. It’s up to us.

In more cheerful news, the TSA might be a failure. That’s awesome. Also, “God Bless the USA” became “Bless the USA” and the Justice Department is attacking pro-lifers. Wait, did I say cheerful? Here, take a free t-shirt from one of my favorite bloggers.

2012, Culture with a side of Pop, Health care!, News Rag Roundup

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