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Comment Re:I am so ordinary that I am double xtra ordinary (Score 1) 81

Well, according to St. Albert of Gore:

From the standpoint of governance, what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption.

That's my vote for the stupidest thing ever said by a public figure, though I'll grant that Bush's

I looked the man in the eye. I was able to get a sense of his soul

does afford some competition.

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Then there's the wrap up of the Whitey Bulger trial in Boston. Bulger was a mobster who was in tight with Justice Department officials and Massachusetts politicos, (Bulger's brother, a Democratic pol, was president of the Massachusetts Senate) and after his conviction one juror reported that she was "stunned" by the extent of government corruption that came o

Comment Re:Flip it around... (Score 1) 7

I would say that is an oversimplification. There is plenty of blame to go around on the disaster that is Detroit. Much of what we see is the result of one city going pretty well all-in on a single industry and not forming a backup plan when that industry decides it no longer wants that city.

We're diverging, sir. Back you original question:

How is this dystopian future any less realistic than the unrealised dystopian future that so many conservative pundits swore up and down we would see under President Obama?

The dystopian future of which "so many conservative pundits swore up and down" is the generalization of Detroit: more an more resources consumed by the process, so that the product dies.
Yesterday I blew a day of vacay and videoed MIRC hearings. This is Medicaid expansion. In defense of the presenters, they seemed sincere in their desire to do their jobs.
However, I just don't believe the fundamental any of it; not in theory (at the federal level), and not in practice, economically. There was a discussion at this MIRC hearing of "federal dollars" (as though the country has multiple currencies) and how that if the States don't blow taxpayer dollars, money, they don't get "federal matching funds". Talk about perverse incentives!
And for what? The federal incentives are all short- to mid-term. What happens when the well runs dry?
I just don't believe it. It's all foolishness. What I do believe is that the Detroit-ification of the country will continue apace without substantial reform. I don't believe the Democrats capable of delivering it, and I'm far from certain the Republicans even remember their roots in any useful way; it's all been eaten by this Progressive Utopian vision.
That ends in Detroit.

Comment Re:Flip it around... (Score 1) 7

Fair point. It's certainly the case that the President's control over specific events is indirect on a good day.
Nevertheless, I'll double down on my argument that the ideas which President Obama espouses are highly congruent with the ones that made Detroit the success it is today.
In defense of Obama, the Republican counter-arguments are. . .wait. . .where did they go?
What a godforsaken mess.

Comment I suppose (Score 1) 1

If you think the individual and the state are fungible, then

not really pro-life but merely anti-abortion

could make sense.
However, if I knocked up a woman and then was an accomplice to the murder of that life, would my culpability be the same as a judge or jury carrying out the duties of their office?
It's either a total dodge, or an important distinction, depending upon your viewpoint.
For the record, I'm not a huge capital punishment fan, unless you've got a Timothy McVeigh sort of case, i.e. completely unambiguous. And even then, you can't lose sight of the fact it sucks. Like abortion. And for the same reason.

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