Friday, November 07, 2008
Mankiw on the Youth Vote
Greg Mankiw's conjecture on why the youth vote was so heavily Democratic:
I am not enough of a political scientist to be sure, but recent conversations I have had with some Harvard undergrads have led me to a conjecture: It was largely noneconomic issues. These particular students told me they preferred the lower tax, more limited government, freer trade views of McCain, but they were voting for Obama on the basis of foreign policy and especially social issues like abortion. The choice of a social conservative like Palin as veep really turned them off McCain. [bold added]Or, as Paul Hsieh recently informed the GOP -- who asked -- awhile back:
The Republican Party must promote the strict separation of church and state. I used to support the Republican Party because I believe in individual rights, free markets, a strong national defense, and the right to keep and bear arms.I agree.
However, the Republican Party alliance with the religious right on "social issues" like abortion and gay marriage has turned off many former supporters such as myself.
The proper function of the government is to protect individual rights, as philosopher Ayn Rand notes:
"The Nature of Government"
The government should not force one group's religious views on everyone. Hence, I no longer have a home in any political party. To paraphrase a quote from Ronald Reagan, "I didn't leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me." [bold added, raw URLs converted into hyperlinks]
As the GOP begins soul-searching after its well-earned thrashing, activism like this can potentially have a big effect, and it will become particularly important as Barack Obama maintains and perhaps expands the foothold for theocracy that Bush introduced in the form of "faith-based" government initiatives.
In any event, although the Congressional Dems will not be able to keep themselves from overreaching, it is somewhat reassuring that even Froma Harrop doesn't see a leftist mandate in the electoral tea leaves (although her idea of center is farther to the left than mine).
C. August has posted it over at Titanic Deck Chairs.
video from The Onion on Obama supporters, but it's so good I want it here, anyway. I like the fact that it makes fun of his supporters for exactly the same reason I did yesterday!
China Issues First Order to Obama
Notice the why and the what:
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and a top UN official urged industrialised nations Friday to alter their lifestyles and investment modes as part of efforts to tackle global warming.Translation: "Don't forget to pass the goodies before you turn out the lights!"
"The developed countries have a responsibility and an obligation to respond to global climate change by altering their unsustainable way of life," Wen was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
Developed nations should also help developing countries respond to climate change, Wen said at the opening of a two-day international meeting on global warming in Beijing.
The gathering in Beijing, which is being attended by representatives from 76 nations, is focusing on the development and transfer of technology that can help tackle climate change ahead of next month's talks on creating a new global treaty on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. [bold added]
An Email ...
... to forward to that relative in your life who can't resist sending schmaltzy emails to everyone he can think of!
In 1986, Peter Davies from Newfoundland was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Memorial University . On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully.I'd get ready to forward one of the schmaltzy ones, but change the payload before sending. (HT: Mom)
He got down on one knee, inspected the elephant’s foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the Toronto Zoo with his teen-aged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.
Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter could not help wondering if this was the same elephant. Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing, and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.
Probably wasn't the same elephant.