Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Abandon Caution: Abandon Diplomacy
Michael Caution very nicely sums up the Iranian hostage situation.
[T]he worst part of the story is the U.K.'s response to its aggressors. Instead of showing the full support for its citizens lives and issuing a direct ultimatum backed by the threat of force, the British government thinks it can better resolve the situation with diplomacy. Since this demonstration of force is more a test of British conviction, is diplomacy really going to better London in the long term? How long before it's too late will Iran be allowed to fester?Oh, and last night, I argued at length that "doublethink" isn't the answer for Britain, either.
In the mean time Cox & Forkum offers a therapeutic alternative.
The Shrimp Racket
In "anti-dumping" laws that American shrimpers support, Galileo finds an excellent example of our government acting like an organized crime syndicate.
[T]he Bush Administration, raised shrimp tariffs by $100 million. Today, that process has become much more efficient and direct. The foreign producers now make cash payments directly to an association of U.S. shrimpers who, in turn, pass much of that money around to the domestic players that support the racket. The money is paid under threat that the U.S. shrimpers will call their political buddies to slap another punitive tariff on them. It was an offer the foreign shrimpers could not refuse.The similarities are quite remarkable, but even more remarkable is the missing one: When the government itself acts as a mob, there is no recourse.
Why School Vouchers Are Worthless
Once upon a time, school vouchers were touted by some as a means of moving towards the privatization of education. Over at The Wall of Separation, we see that this issue has been completely overshadowed by the machinations of the religious right, who do not oppose public education: Just secular public education.
Beyond taking on the faith-based office, [Ohio Governor Ted] Strickland has also called for curtailing state funding of religious education. In his first State of the State speech, Strickland said the statewide private school voucher program should be done away with and trumpeted a major state increase in public school funding.This attempt to stem the tide of the social conservative welfare state is good news overall, but look what being in the conservative coalition has cost "secular conservatives" who wanted to privatize schools: The vouchers themselves and the very debate over state funding of education!
Not Your Mother's Harlequin
These spoof romance novel covers are hilarious. (HT: Adrian Hester)