Worth Reading September 6, 2022

For a contrary view of the GOP’s chances to take back the House of Representatives, see Karl Rove’s piece from last weekend Be Skeptical of the Democratic Comeback in the 2022 Midterms.

conversation between Bret Stephens and Gail Collins on the political ramifications of The Biden decision to forgive billions of dollars in student loans. 

Especially interesting is a lengthy interview of Bill Barr by Bari Weiss at commonsense.news titled Bill Barr Calls Bullsh*t. 

From The Harvard Gazette, How Did Biden Go from Xero to Hero in Public Arena so Quickly

And from The Washington Post, an opinion piece entitled Rising GOP Anger at Trump Shows a Deeper Problem for the Party

A reminder to glance from time to time at https://www.usdebtclock.org/ . Student debt at $1.7 trillion is more than all the US credit card dept put together. Also, interesting that debt per student is at $40,000, while debt per cardholder is at $7,000. He national debt now stands at 124% of GDP, up from 45% in 1980 and 56.5% in 2000. The national debt is more than $1.5 trillion and the annual interest on that is $444 billion, next largest line item after defense spending, but still far away from the two elephants in the room: Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security. 

WDM received the text of this monologue by Huckabee from a friend. It appeals because of its unrestrained reaction to Biden’s speech from Independence Hall, closing with

As much as I disapprove of foul language, especially on TV, I have to admit that the only moment of true American spirit during that entire speech was when an unseen heckler yelled, “F— Joe Biden!” It was a well-timed reminder to Biden that the First Amendment does still exist. Astoundingly, Biden also called for “unity” in this speech. Well, he accomplished that. All but a tiny handful of radical left wackos are today united in universal condemnation of what could easily be the single most cringe-inducing public appearance by an American President since this nation was born. 

An analysis of how Boris Johnson was deposed by his own Conservative Party in Great Britain is a fascinating insight into how similar our political systems are, despite accents, revolutions, republican versus parliamentary rules, and seemingly different cultures. You could almost substitute Trump in many sentences and have them make sense. It also has the depressingly familiar observation that when factions in political parties scheme to force out popular leaders with a record of accomplishment, it does not in fact help them win the next election.

MPD recommends this opinion item by Bryan Barks. In it Barks proposes legislation that would create a mechanism for individuals experiencing suicidal tendencies to voluntarily ask that they be put on a “no buy” list administered by the FBI.  The proposal is tightly focused and avoids undermining due process.  Given that roughly two thirds of gun deaths in the US are suicides, it merits serious consideration.

While on the topic of gun deaths and with a touch of cynicism, WDM saw a headline about a mass stabbing in Western Canada in which 10 were killed and many more injured. He is waiting for the call to ban knives, which seriously happened in the United Kingdom. Data in the article recall MPD’s discussion of how gun bans lead largely to choice of different methods of killing oneself and others.

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