Why Republicans Are Happier, Part IV

One of my most popular posts, from February 2008—the source of my first Instalanche!—argued that conservatives are happier than liberals, and gave some reasons why. I followed that up here, and then here, where I pointed out that conservatives are not only happier but also nicer and more loving than liberals. Conservatives hug their children more, derive more pleasure from the happiness of others, and are … Continue reading Why Republicans Are Happier, Part IV

The Higher Education Bubble

Glenn Reynolds talks to Naomi Schafer Riley about the state of higher education. It’s a fascinating discussion, free of the overgeneralizations that plague discussions of this issue. Ron Lipsman, for example, claims that college education is now little more than indoctrination, except in certain areas of the hard sciences. That’s not so. Certain fields and courses are mostly indoctrination—almost anything with “Studies” in the title, … Continue reading The Higher Education Bubble

Morning Jolt®

I’m really liking Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt.  Subscribe here. In his “Addenda” bit, he notes that John and Elizabeth Edwards are separated.  It’s a shame- I had the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for E to give to J: OK, maybe she could spring for an undetonated pair.  Gives whole new meaning to the phrase, “Blow job.” Does “al-Qaeda’s Secret” have an 800 number?  Lemme ask … Continue reading Morning Jolt®

Texas over California

William Voegeli compares California’s left-wing, high-tax/high-benefits model with Texas’s right-wing, moderate-tax/moderate-benefits model. People are leaving high-tax states for low-tax states: One way to assess how Americans feel about the different tax and benefit packages the states offer is by examining internal U.S. migration patterns. Between April 1, 2000, and June 30, 2007, an average of 3,247 more people moved out of California than into it … Continue reading Texas over California

“You Can’t Handle the Truth! No Truth Handler, You! I Deride Your Truth-handling Abilities!”

Don’t miss Richard Fernandez‘s brilliant reflections on truth, civilization, and perception: In recent years management literature has talked extensively about the “servitization of the products” The modern economy no longer produces “things”. It produces intangibles called services. Insurance, banking, government, tourism, retail, education, social services, franchising, news media, hospitality, consulting, law, health care, environmental services, real estate and personal services now dominate the activity of … Continue reading “You Can’t Handle the Truth! No Truth Handler, You! I Deride Your Truth-handling Abilities!”

Hillary Under Fire

Exaggeration is one thing, but confusing hugs with sniper fire? I love the euphemism “misspoke,” incidentally, as if this was some sort of malapropism. Still, I think many people are tempted to embellish the truth from time to time, to project an image more positive, more interesting, and more dramatic to their listeners than the facts warrant. It must be an occupational hazard of politicians, … Continue reading Hillary Under Fire

Not *That* Kind of Change!

Moammar Qaddafi speaks about the American election, and the Democrats’ call for change: “They all keep saying ‘change, change,’ ” he continued, adding Hillary Clinton to his reference. “They want to change America and its current political system. They want to make a change in their lives. They say their system is a failure, that their government is a failure, and that their elections are … Continue reading Not *That* Kind of Change!

John McCain as JFK?

I had dinner with Michael Barone tonight. He pointed out an interesting connection between this election and the election of 1960. In that year too, one candidate campaigned on a platform of freer trade, lower taxes, and military strength: John F. Kennedy. The parties have changed a bit since then. Barone thinks that this year, too, may be an election that significantly reshapes the political … Continue reading John McCain as JFK?