The two generation rule, it’s not just for social issues

Via Glenn we see the two generation rule in action:

When American cities embraced the high cost, high regulation statist model two generations or so ago, they were often the richest and most dynamic places in the country. Increasingly “progressive” policies, with higher wages for unionized teachers, bigger bureaucracies enforcing tighter regulations, more “planning” by qualified technocrats and more government services and benefits to improve the quality of residents’ lives were supposed to take the American city into a new golden age.

It’s hard to think of many social experiments that have more disastrously failed. Now many of these once flourishing cities are hollowed out shells, while around them suburbs and increasingly exurbs flourish away from the deadening influence of urbanist politics. None of this affects the hold of progressive and urbanist ideology on true believers; if anything, they believe even more passionately in the cause.

Yet on Morning Joe this morning the talk was all about the comeback of Detroit as if the Bankruptcy issue just didn’t exist.

As Greece is teaching us, reality tends to catch up with you and as Mark Steyn explains the idea that the social and fiscal issues are not connected doesn’t wash:

As almost all those fashionable split-the-difference fiscally conservative/socially liberal governors from George Pataki to California’s pathetically terminated Terminator eventually discover, their social liberalism comes with a hell of a price tag. Ask the Greeks how easy it is for insolvent nations to wean the populace off unaffordable nanny-state lollipops: When even casual sex requires a state welfare program, you’re pretty much done for.

Modern liberalism, for all it’s self-righteousness is all about conformity to it’s totalitarian nature/religion, and if you don’t confirm, watch out.

Get yourself “Under the Fedora” for Tuesday

At both The Minority Report and The Conservatory “Under the Fedora” is up and running:

Note that the Breitbartians list the “Top Ten Lies,” clearly implying that there are more. John Podhoretz discusses the way Palin is treated in the film:

“In this respect, Game Change handles Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore, blah) more charitably than you might expect. She is shown as a loving and caring mother with some kind of raw genius as a politician who is placed under almost unimaginable pressure at a moment’s notice when she is clearly unprepared for it. But in doing so, Strong and director Jay Roach exhibit not understanding but rather an almost excruciating condescension.”

It’s much like when people used to say that Willie Mays was a “great natural ballplayer”—which implied that a black man wouldn’t be a serious strategic student of the game. It’s not possible that a non-Ivy League person might be tactically more brilliant than they are—thus, their skill must constitute a kind of “raw genius.” This is why the Democrats keep playing the “quitter” nonsense—as if her resignation wasn’t one of the single most brilliant political moves she made.

I think the Democrats would have loved to have her tied down in Alaska, still serving a term, and unavailable to appear on television or campaign across the country for all kinds of candidates, as she does now.

Head on down to either spot and give it a read. And don’t forget the other great articles by other authors, for example a the Conservatory cities around the nation are finding that default isn’t just potentially for Greeks:

Oh yes, borrowing money from the pension fund to make “contributions” to the pension fund. Reminds me of spending all those Social Security “contributions” on current political desires, and stuffing the Trust Fund with IOUs. I tried something like that when I was younger. Spent about $100 on Magic cards and put a note saying: “I owe me $100″ in my wallet. That IOU was totally an asset!

Oh right. . . . I was a young idiot. So, what is the excuse of the various people involved in such shenanigans as pension obligation bonds, contribution holidays, etc.? I assume they were older than 19.

California is in a bad position. And so is New Jersey. And Illinois. And countless other government groups.

While at the Minority Report our friends on the left display a selective compassion for the poor:

I mean, these people on Maher’s panel were given so much (looks, wealth, fame, power) and they then decide to pick on the powerless and the toothless?! That is not good satire–any great satirist, like say Oscar Wilde, knows to only pick on the powerful. This is just pure meanness.

If you’re not reading both sites, you’re missing out.

It seems the Daily Caller was right about Greg Sargent

They said that he will print anything Media Matters will give him, and look who is still leading the drumbeat vs Rush on Memeorandum ten days later:

Think Progress and…..Greg Sargent.

Meanwhile as large chunks of the left talk to themselves some members of the left (via legal insurrection and my under the fedora column) demonstrate they can still count:

The dustup over Sleep Train, along with the blowback suffered by Carbonite over that company’s public denunciation of Limbaugh, demonstrates that the iconic radio talk show host is dealing from a position of strength in the campaign to deprive him of advertisers. One tends to prosper when one advertises on Limbaugh’s show. But cross him, and one will suffer.

The one overwhelming fact is that Limbaugh commands many millions of listeners. There is no evidence that any of them have stopped listening because of the kerfuffle with Sandra Fluke. Indeed, one suspects that Limbaugh has gained listeners, curious about what the fuss is all about. As long as the show maintains its listener base, it does not matter if any advertisers bail on Limbaugh for political reasons. There will always be others who will want to take their place, because it is good business to advertise on the most listened-to radio talk show on the planet.

Remember Dan Riehl mentioned on Friday a story the left was crowing about that seemed too good to be true for them

I don’t know, I’m no industry expert, but I’d be skeptical of a big story like this breaking on a Saturday. I could be wrong, but I think I’ll wait until I hear what, if anything, is said about all this on Monday when most radio talkers are back on the air.

Maybe it’s just me, but I suspect that if there was a true mass exodus of advertisers from Rush the MSM would have spent yesterday crowing and would still be doing it today.

Yet there are only the three Memeorandum leads, two by the same person Judd Legum from Think Progress and Greg “Anything you want it that’s is what I’ll print it” Sargent and the lefty blogs that mimic them. If it wasn’t for Sargent’s position at the Washington Post it would be a total case of crickets.

And the post actually pays him for this!

Stacy McCain determins without a shadow of a doubt…

…that Barrett Brown is not of Sicilian ancestry:

All it took was for one member of the group to be identified as such by law enforcement, at which point they could get a warrant that would permit them to monitor every communication — e-mail, chat, phone, whatever — in which that person engaged, and . . .


How stupid do you have to be not to see what that meant?

Like I said, not a Sicilian.

Hey stuff like this happens when you declare war on the US.