The Myths of Inner-City Black Culture

leadA good, almost prose piece in The Atlantic that tackles the myths regarding the so-called “cultural pathology” of inner-city black culture and its pervasiveness across the politically-ideological spectrum.

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Budget Deal Reached

newbudget_1386723695727Finally, a budget deal is reached in Congress lead by Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, and Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington State.

What would become an endless cycle of near shutdowns, or full shutdowns, will now be averted in upcoming months due to this compromise between the two parties.

The other details are laid-out in this Washington Post article.

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Ryan Takes On Poverty

PaulRyanAP-500x333An interesting article in the Washington Post on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (former VP candidate under Mitt Romney) efforts to focus on helping impoverished Americans.

Though I do not agree with much of Ryan’s proposed policies (as few as there are), it’s a fascinating look at what the party of the rich propose to help end poverty in America.

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Mr. 3.75 Percent – By Daniel Altman | Foreign Policy

Mr. 3.75 Percent – By Daniel Altman | Foreign Policy.

A good but very generalized argument against the amount of spending cuts proposed by the Paul Ryan budget.  An important fact to keep in mind from the piece:

According to the World Bank, government spending minus health care was already lower in the United States than in all of the European Union, Japan, China, and India in 2009, the latest year with comprehensive figures.

Many people probably think the opposite is true with the perception of the bloated United States’ government but it simply isn’t reality.  What level of spending is best is arguable and some great points are made by Altman on this but one thing is clear judging from history.  The government can contribute to some areas of the economy in a more efficient and better way than leaving it to the forces of the market.  We should always recognize that and know we will need certain areas run by the government in the interest of society as a whole or we will lose something we currently take for granted, whether it is security, transportation efficiency, safe food, etc.

The Post Fact Checker on Ryan Speech

Post’s “The Fact Checker” analyzed the Paul Ryan speech from last night and points out both truth bending and outright lies. But do not get me wrong here, just because I am a leftist I think that Obama’s and Biden’s speeches at the DNC will not get a rough critique from “The Fact Checker”, too.

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Romney did Obama a huge favor – CNN.com

Romney did Obama a huge favor – CNN.com.

Some great points made here but probably a bit of an overstatement of the effect on the overall election.  Too much emphasis is placed by the media (because they have to report everything as a huge story even when it isn’t) on the VP pick because of the seeming abuse of power by Cheney as VP.  I agree with what Frum says but I just don’t believe this changes the election outcome too much.  The focus will still be on the main candidates and if any proof is needed just ask the average person the difference between Obama and Biden’s views from the primaries eight years ago.  A sad but accurate truth.