Jens 'n' Frens
Idle thoughts of a relatively libertarian Republican in Cambridge, MA, and whomever he invites. Mostly political.
"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures." -- Daniel Webster
Saturday, February 04, 2012 :::
The State of the Union address was last week. Jonah Goldberg strongly objects to Obama's contention that American civilian life become more like military life:
Indeed, Obama is upending the very point of a military in a free society. We have a military to keep our society free. We do not have a military to teach us the best way to give up our freedom. Our warriors surrender their liberties and risk their lives to protect ours. The promise of American life for Obama is that if we all try our best and work our hardest, we can be like a military unit striving for a single goal. I've seen pictures of that from North Korea. No thank you, Mr. President.
Elsewhere, Greg Mankiw expresses disappointment at some misleading talk about taxes and trade. Keith Hennessey corrects Obama's assertion that the Bush administration gave auto companies a "blank check" (Hennessey worked in the Bush administration at the time).