Category Archives: government, law, and politics

Thoughts on the Bailout and Credit Cards

Unsurprisingly enough, credit card defaults are on the rise. This industry is marked by less oversight and more shadiness than the mortgage industry, which is saying something. Now American Express is asking for a government handout, since AMEX depends on banks’ buying securities backed by credit card debt in order to make money. Banks, of […]

Change

Over at the New York Times, Sam Tanenhaus has written a helpful analysis of the two major parties’ positions. Here is an excerpt, citing Michael Gerson:
“The issues that have provided conservatives with victories in the past ó particularly welfare and crime ó have been rendered irrelevant by success,”†Michael Gerson, the Bush speechwriter turned columnist, wrote […]

An election-day reminder to Sen. Obama

Dear Mr. Obama:† You were talking the other day about how important the youth vote is to you.† I wanted to point out to you that abortion on demand, which you so enthusiastically support, has taken the lives of 25 million plus potential voters who would be†between the ages of 18 and 35 today. † […]

This is Why I Canít Vote Republican

From the New York Times, on the future of Sarah Palin:
Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, a conservative group, called it a “top order of business” to determine Ms. Palinís future role. “Conservatives have been looking for leadership, and she has proven that she can electrify the grass roots like few people have […]

Some Thoughts on Free Speech

My brother†Adam posted something on his blog yesterday that spurred me to write down some thoughts I’ve had about free speech lately.
Adam often comments on the Opinion Talk blog run by our local newspaper, The Fresno Bee. Recently, one of the editors posted a request that people who participate there refrain from using personal attacks […]