Thursday Highlights

Good morning.

  1. Downhill from here.
  2. A discussion of banks and credit.
  3. Factoring economic growth with AGW.
  4. Putting the finger firmly on what is not the problem, that is state entitlement obligations typically far outweigh their salary budget. A friend over break noted that NJ has a 10+ billion dollar budget deficit right now … total NJ state worker salaries are in the 3-4 billion range … so cutting them out completely will still leave a not inconsiderable deficit.
  5. Oops
  6. Ugly practices.
  7. A Saint I regard very highly noted.
  8. On cognitive bias.
  9. Hope and change denied.
  10. Torture and Christian ethics symposium/roundup.

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  1. Hope and change denied.

    Are you saying that anything less than adherence to 100% of campaign promises means that “hope and change” are denied?

  2. If you’re interested in how many of his campaign promises he’s keeping rather than trying to score cheap political points, you can go to the non-partisan

  3. Mark says:

    There’s some sort of filtering going on in that list, I disctinctly remember a number of promises (among them repeal of DADT) which had timeframes attached, i.e., repeal in the first week which have been broken but which are not listed. Additional promises which I recall such as promising in speeches to Pennsylvania steel union workers (or was it Detroit auto) that he’d repeal NAFTA and then “signalling” in the following week to investors and to Wall Street that when he said repeal NAFTA he didn’t mean actually repealing NAFTA.

    But more to the point, I’m not “trying to score” cheap political points. I’m not a debater nor am I at all politically connected and the number of politicians I find admirable from the 20th century and today are likely in the single digits. I’d recommend you not see these as “cheap” political point scoring but a view of how the other side of the aisle views these things. Where you (apparently) still “feel” the hope/change in the air, we on the other side see “same old/same old” and the “hope/change” mantra a cynical manipulation on the part of the President.

  4. Boonton says:

    I think JA’s site appears to be much more comprehensive and authoritative than Mark’s memory. DADT’s repeal shows up under ‘military promises’. You have to go to the 2nd page.

  5. Boonton says:

    BTW, doesn’t seem to list a timeline for repealing DADT. You should note that DADT is legilsation so Obama has to get Congress to pass a law rescinding it which he can then sign. It’s not something that can be done with an executive order.