Friday Highlights

Well, I just finished shoveling 9″ of snow from my driveway (enough to get the car out anyhow). That took an hour. It’s 24F … and still snowing.

  • Heh. A sign of the times.
  • Mercury rising, literally.
  • Maths, a proof.
  • Lent and asceticism. A key insight someone told me recently is “asceticism is prayer.”
  • Heh, an impression of the Left?
  • Left, Right and assumptions on Islam. I’d have to say my “assumptions” are a little different. I don’t fear “The Right is concerned about a monolithically hostile Islam that the West must defend itself against.” instead, I have this notion that religions always have people with a different level of faith and commitment from the casual to the very fervent. Islam is not “moderate” internally so the violent fervent will always be with us as long as there is an Islam.
  • Cat head in a bag.
  • I don’t think that’s exactly right, but I’m not scholarly enough to rebut … yet.
  • Wages and illegal immigration.
  • US decline of influence … going strong since 1945!
  • On the insignificance of evolution … a point on which I’ll agree.
  • How long to $4/gallon gas? Summer? Longer?
  • It’s their website. So what?
  • Ideology and Idol. Never forget … “resident alien”.
  • An amazing carnival job, Biblical Studies at Biblicalia.
  • Blame shifted away from Bush and the Admin, by a non-supporter no less.
  • A person who left the fame/fortune treadmill.
  • A puzzle of sorts.
  • Freedom and the times.
  • Pelosi a fan of tax cuts. If this is true, “We’re so used to Democrats pushing tax hikes as the answer to all of America’s problems that we were taken aback to find the following words buried in Pelosi’s release on the stimulus deal: “Economists estimate that each dollar of broad tax cuts leads to $1.26 in economic growth.” Why aren’t we pushing tax cuts more?

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  1. “Economists estimate that each dollar of broad tax cuts leads to $1.26 in economic growth.”

    Wow! Then we should cut taxes to 0, right? Imagine the growth.

  2. Fred says:

    When you say it’s not exactly right, you mean the first three bullet points on Origen, right? No, those aren’t precise points. I’m open to correction, clarification – or even meandering half-assed half-expressed misgivings. You and your readers are welcome in my combox!

  3. Fred says:

    Mark, forgive my flip response in your comments. It was offered in a gentle spirit which didn’t communicate very well in this combox. Mea maxima culpa!

  4. jpe says:

    Islam is not “moderate” internally so the violent fervent will always be with us as long as there is an Islam.

    Well put.

    Why aren’t we pushing tax cuts more?

    Assuming the truth of the contention (it sounds right, though), a buck in tax cuts leads to 1.25 of growth. So, assuming a 30% real tax rate (which is pretty generous – that’s the marginal tax rate for a lot of gazillionaires), the gvt get back .38 for a net loss of .62. And the the government goes further in the hole. The upshot is that this kind of tax cutting should be deployed like any other deficit spending stimulus: briefly and counter-cyclically.