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March 14, 2013 5:35 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Thanks to Daniel Luzer for getting a solid post in while I dealt with a church obligation.

I’m sure we’ll have more goodies from CPAC tomorrow, but I’m hoping for a bit more actual news. Here are some remainders from this day:

* At TNR, Michael Sean Winters says Pope Francis serious about poverty as challenge to Christians, but has no particular background in church reform.

* Weigel reports CPAC had to resort to clip art to get images of minority folk on their platform backdrop.

* At The Atlantic, Greg Hittelman makes case for global arms-trade treaty.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein endorses Matt Yglesias’ call for “automatic stabilizer” fund available to states in a recession.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses California’s perilous new experiment in Massive Open Online Courses for college credit, to which it has been driven by inadequate community college capacity.

And in non-political news:

* College Basketball’s “championship week” intensifies with big conference tournaments. My Georgia Bulldogs knocked out in first round of SEC while I sat here blogging and missing the sad show.

Here’s Iggy Pop again to close the day, performing “Neon Forest” live in Paris.

Selah.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • jkl; on March 14, 2013 7:31 PM:

    omg--best of the web:
    ..it came from Mars:

    "Here's the reforms the GOP needs to make:
    1. Put back the money you took when Bush sent out the tax refund checks right after he got into office. Nobody needs $300 that badly.
    2. Put back the money you took when you voted your
    yourselves those big tax cuts. No, there was no growth from reducing the rates and no, it didn't pay for itself. Put back the money you took and stop making excuses.
    3. Put back the money you took for the capital gains and carried interest loopholes. All you did was help yourselves to public treasury when there was nobody to stop you. And stop with the baloney about how it's good for the economy or more fair or yack yack. Put back the money you took.
    4. Put back the money you wasted on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They didn't 'virtually pay for themselves' like Cheney said they would, but nothing he said ever came true anyway.
    5. Stop rigging elections with phony voting rules and made-up voting districts. Leave the unions alone, they're none of your business.
    Put back the money you took. It's OUR money not YOUR money. Get off your high horse. Then we can talk about compromise."

  • Bobby Goren on March 14, 2013 8:19 PM:

    RE: National Rainy Day Fund

    The problem with such a fund is red (neck) states that are already net moochers on the federal government will use the money to subsidize their self-righteous "conservative" policies. Once again money from more liberal blue states will be used by the red states to compete against them. It's total BS and we shouldn't encourage such bad behavior.

    It would be better to just beef up existing federal safety net programs. If the stimulus had been $1.8 trillion like Christina Romer had wanted (and composed of more spending and fewer tax breaks), we'd be much further along at this point in time. Not only would the state cuts have been swamped by higher federal spending, the cuts themselves would have been smaller as more money circulated into state tax coffers.

    At some point we might even want to consider just letting states like Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina, just to name a few, subsist as the third-world entities they'd be without federal largess. If they want austerity - then let THEM have it. Anyone who doesn't like living in a banana republic can move.

  • cwolf on March 14, 2013 10:11 PM:

    * At TNR, Michael Sean Winters says Pope Francis serious about poverty as challenge to Christians, but has no particular background in church reform.

    Bqtweetever,,,
    You are qualified to be pope if you believe in talking snakes

  • cmdicely on March 15, 2013 12:46 AM:

    At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses California's perilous new experiment in Massive Open Online Courses for college credit

    I'm trying to see how this "perilous new experiment" (which is proctored assessments combined with online courses) is much different from the model of Western Governor's University (which has previously been praised as a model on Political Animal) -- which provides assessment but not traditional instruction, but provides online study resources and suggests that students may choose a number of other ways to acquire the skills to meet the assessments, specifically including online courses.

  • ArlingtonBigFish on March 15, 2013 9:37 AM:

    "My Georgia Bulldogs knocked out in first round of SEC while I sat here blogging and missing the sad show."

    Georgia plays basketball? Who knew?

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