Things businesses don't do for themselves. (See below)


The state of American infrastructure pre-1935.

New Deal road projects put Americans to work.

New Deal roads helped businesses connect with customers.

WPA disaster relief restored transportation networks.

A WPA-built bridge.

Airports built by the WPA advanced the age of commercial aviation.

WPA trainees helped America win World War II.

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"Rugged Individualism" from Herbert Hoover to Ayn Rand to Paul Ryan

September 4, 2012

Tags: Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand, Herbert Hoover, "rugged individualism", Great Depression, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama

Facebook and email reveal that we've come a long way from our high school and college selves, and that our political paths have diverged. How can that teenage crush have turned out to be a tea party conservative, or that fraternity brother an anti-tax zealot? We've all had different life experiences that have shaped our thinking, that is true. But I'm always amazed that intelligent people, faced with the same facts, can reach radically different conclusions. The only answer is that ideology is more persuasive than history; people believe in their ideology because they want it to be true whether it is or not.

This was prompted by an email joke forwarded by a college friend. It's why one guy in line for a vasectomy gets laid by a nurse while six other guys are jerking off. The one guy has Blue Cross and the six have Obamacare. It shouldn't, but this stuff sets me off, and I got into an email argument. Here's part of what followed: (more…)

Greetings, Friends, On the Republican Candidates

November 23, 2011

Tags: Republican candidates, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachman, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Party of Lincoln, G.O.P., Magical Thinking

Greetings, friends! May I address
A selection process thatís a mess,
And the candidates involved
Who pledge to get our problems solved?

Theyíre from the right, thatís very clear.
Thatís why their stock in trade is fear.
They talk about the deficit,
But donít say they created it.

They all say taxes are just bad,
Donít take from rich folks what theyíve had.
Just starve the poor and middle-class.
Who cares if the wealth gap is so vast?

Letís start with Mitt, the man of Romney, (more…)

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