August 24, 2011 2 Comments
Busy day today. Worst part is, out over $400 for a new washing machine. Plus, $75 to find out that our washing machine would be so expensive to repair that we just needed to buy a new one. Anyway, lots of stuff I really wanted to blog about today and realize I’ll probably never get around to, as the next few days look quite busy as well.
- Making the rounds throughout the liberal blogosphere, this chart that shows what incredible folly it would be to raise the Medicare eligibility age. Just dumb, anyway you look at it. I hate that Obama was willing to bargain on this. Also shows what a moron Joe Lieberman is for pushing it. Here’s Drum’s post on it.
- Steven Pearlstein on the absurdity that is our patent system. Just read it. Seriously. He also links to the absolutely fabulous This American life on the topic.
- Meta quote of the day. I actually like Kevin Drum’s quote in response to Felix Salmon, better than Salmon’s:
As a general rule, anybody who thinks that anything about education reform is “simple and obvious” is wrong.
Words of wisdom. It’s not unions, it’s not teachers, it’s not the curriculum, it’s not funding, it’s not charter schools, it’s not poverty, it’s not testing, and it’s not poor parenting. It’s all those things. Anyone who gets too obsessed with only one or two pieces of the ed system is just guaranteeing that they’ll never understand what’s going on.
- Yes, Virigina, the stimulus really did work. It’s old news, but Jon Cohn has a nice post emphasizing this very essential point. It’s not liberal economists who say so, it’s Wall Street economists.
- Okay, just read the Felix Salmon piece Drum quotes from. Really nice summary of the issues of school quality and Brill’s new book that I’m going to write a longer blog post about some day. Read it.
Now back to your regularly scheduled blogging. Maybe.