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March 22, 2013 5:35 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Tomorrow I’m heading to Georgia to see family and will be there all week, so the good news is I’ll get to sleep later and the bad news is that I’ll be using a creaky old laptop instead of the iMac.

Here are some remainders of the day and week:

* New questions about the Daily Caller’s “sources” for Menendez hooker allegations; Brother Benen has a nice, balanced assessment of what we do and don’t know.

* Per Dave Weigel, 34 Senate Democrats—including Elizabeth Warren (!)—voted w/ GOP to repeal Obamacare medical device tax. This was just a symbolic amendment to a non-binding budget resolution. Still alarming.

* The “new” New Republic drops Tim Noah as a columnist. That’s a crying shame. Give me the Classic version.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein mulls the political powerlessness of political scientists in the wake of the funds cutoff for federally funded research.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes quality of applicants to education schools going up—but still little evidence it makes you a better teacher.

And in non-political news:

* Universal studios remaking 1981 flick “Endless Love.” Why?

It’s been a brisk week. Sam Knight will be at the controls this weekend, and I’ll be back Monday live from Georgia.

To close the day, here’s another sea chanty: the Yarmouth Shantymen performing “Cape Cod Girls” at the Coal Shed Music Festival in Nova Scotia in 2009.

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

  • Decatur Dem on March 22, 2013 6:40 PM:

    If you're anywhere near Poncey-Highlands, be sure to hoist a cold one at Manuel's, and salute the portraits of JFK and Manuel himself. I was there on election night, and it was a party that almost brought the dear old publican Mr Maloof back from the grave!

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on March 22, 2013 7:29 PM:

    Oh. So that's why I couldn't find a Tim Noah column at TNR when I strolled to their website today. I thought I was just lost in all that heavily graphic "stuff".

    TNR has gotten pretty weird. Maybe that's just my impression because the last article I read there was about Beyonce and there was an article that appeared to be about an Amish kiddie baseball team... Maybe I'm not looking hard enough.

  • jklk; on March 22, 2013 10:12 PM:

    Qualifications are one thing, but it takes an exceptional personality and ability to go with the flow to be happy as a teacher. There is so much ad-libbing and unscripted dialogue, answering of unexpected inquiries, and weird sh^t as well.
    Without humor and a self-effacing confidence, forget it.

  • jklk; on March 22, 2013 10:15 PM:

    Qualifications are one thing, but it takes an exceptional personality and ability to go with the flow to be happy as a teacher. There is so much ad-libbing and unscripted dialogue, answering of unexpected inquiries, and weird sh^t as well.
    Without humor and a self-effacing confidence, forget it. It will be an exercise in stress management otherwise.

  • pjcamp on March 23, 2013 3:03 AM:

    Chanties aren't all old. Here's Roger McGuinn of The Byrds:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4fewlMc-So

    Your captchas are bullshit.

  • Euler-Phi on March 23, 2013 11:45 AM:

    "Per Dave Weigel, 34 Senate Democrats—including Elizabeth Warren (!)—voted w/ GOP to repeal Obamacare medical device tax. This was just a symbolic amendment to a non-binding budget resolution. Still alarming."

    Hell no! Keep the tax, stand our ground. We've got these people (especially the kids) where we can squeeze them. They either wear theses devices, insulin pumps, heart defibrillators, etc, or die. So we can continue to raise the taxes and what will they do, not pay the tax and not buy the device that keeps them alive? No parent will refuse to pay the extra taxes and cause their child to die. I say quadruple the tax. What great plan!

  • Citizen Alan on March 23, 2013 12:59 PM:

    While somewhat histrionic, Euler-Phi makes a valid point. It would be as foolish for the Dems to be as reflexively in favor of unpopular and counterproductive taxes as it is for the GOoPers to be reflexively opposed to all tax increases no matter how obviously sensible. The practical effect of the tax on medical devices is to raise the cost of medical devices thereby making them more expensive for people already struggling with high medical bills and increasing insurance costs. Even with Medicare/Medicaid patients, the tax presumably raises the cost of the device by the same amount that the taxpayers must then pay for poor and elderly people who are entitled to the device, so the tax itself is a wash.

    The real question (ignored in all the "even the liberal Elizabeth Warren!" pearl-clutching) is this: Does the trade-off in other public benefits contained in the proposal outweigh the negative aspects of eliminating what seems to be a fairly small tax that likely had an undue burden on poorer health care recipients.

    Or to put that in another way: The government must have tax revenue to pay for the services it provides for the people. How it chooses to tax is influenced by what activities it wishes to encourage or discourage. A high tax on cigarettes is a good thing because it discourages people from consuming cancer causing substances. A high tax on necessary medical equipment is a bad thing because it discourages people from seeking medical care until it becomes a more serious (and therefore more expensive) problem.