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January 28th, 2007

(no subject) @ 01:07 pm

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Day By Day is a takeoff on the "Hi, I'm a Mac..." commercials. And a particularly good takeoff, featuring Damon and Jan.

I'm sorry to hear that Molly Ivins is back in the hospital. I agree with Rhymes With Right: "I find her positions wrong-headed and hateful, and her prose lacking in elegance. I don't even like her accent. But I would hate to see her voiced silenced at what is a relatively young age." I lost an aunt to breast cancer. It ain't fun. Get well, Molly.
 
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From:wingguy
Date:January 29th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
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I second that motion.

Kind of reminds me of Hubert Humphrey's death from pancreatic cancer. He was a fine human being and a true patriot, who happened to hold abomonible political ideas.
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From:john_holton
Date:January 29th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
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There was something likable about Humphrey, though. I actually voted for him in the Illinois primary in 1976, because I couldn't stand Jimmy Carter, even then.
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From:wingguy
Date:January 30th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
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He certainly was likable. He was not a "blame America first" Democrat (Carter), nor would you ever here from him "I hate Republicans and everything they stand for" (Howard Dean). He just happened to hold equality of income as an ideal above equality of opportunity. Though perfectly honorable, it's an ideal that largely accounts for the economic morass in Europe.
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From:john_holton
Date:January 30th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
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It's the way most Democrats (and most of Europe) think: "Equal opportunity does not yield equal outcome. Statistically, half of the people are going to be less successful and half are going to be more successful. Thus, it's our responsibility to make up the difference by taking from those who are more successful and give to those who are less successful, so that society is at a sort of equilibrium." Then, of course, there's "since so many people were denied equal opportunity in the past, let's give them more than equal opportunity now to make up for it", and "those who have been made less equal in the past are entitled to something for their trouble today". I don't doubt that their hearts are in the right place (for the most part), it's just that they don't seem to understand that they're fighting a losing battle, and in the process they're hurting the very people that they want to help. By applying a "one size fits all" paradigm of success, they're guaranteeing that people will fail.

I could go on, but I'll spare you. You got me thinking, though.
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From:wingguy
Date:January 30th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Of course I agree with all of that. It's also true that the equality of income ideal makes the total pie smaller, thus guaranteeing less for everybody. Sweden is an execelent example.

Chief Jack's Galley

There's a place for people who laugh at nothing...