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It’s Time to Stop Yammering About Liberal Bias


If, as conservatives have insisted over decades of uninterrupted complaint, the American people really are being indoctrinated into liberalism in their formative years at our schools and colleges and in their adult years by an oppressively slanted press, how exactly does one explain the American political situation in 2018, with right-wing control of the presidency, the House, the Senate, the Supreme Court, 33 governorships, and 32 state legislatures?
via It’s Time to Stop Yammering About Liberal Bias

I’d love to see a conservative reponse to this.

Larry Kudlow may have been more wrong about the economy than anyone alive


This is the same president, after all, who tapped to be the chief scientist at the Agriculture Department a talk-radio host who is not a scientist, named a brain surgeon to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development and floated the idea of his personal pilot as head the Federal Aviation Administration. A party planner, a bartender, a Meineke Car Care branch manager and a cabana boy all found plum administration jobs.
via Larry Kudlow may have been more wrong about the economy than anyone alive

This is not normal.

Unicorns of the Intellectual Right


while there are many conservative economists with appointments at top universities, publications in top journals, and so on, they have no influence on conservative policymaking. What the right wants are charlatans and cranks, in (conservative) Greg Mankiw’s famous phrase. If they use actual economists, they use them the way a drunkard uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.
via Unicorns of the Intellectual Right

They don’t want to govern. They don’t want to debate policy.

A Scene From the 2032 Ferris Bueller's Day Off Reboot

In 2018, the Republican president Donald Trump, in an effort to alleviate the effects of…anyone? anyone? the rust belt manufacturing decline, implemented tariffs on…anyone? anyone? steel and aluminum setting off…anyone? anyone? a trade war with…anyone? anyone? China, which had the effect of? anyone? anyone? was is successful? anyone? anyone? no it wasn’t…

EPA to its employees: Ignore science when talking about climate change


On Wednesday, an internal Environmental Protection Agency memo was leaked to the Huffington Post. Under the guise of developing “consistent messages about EPA’s climate adaptation efforts,” the memo suggests a number of talking points the agency’s employees can use if asked about adaptation.
via EPA to its employees: Ignore science when talking about climate change

This is political correctness. This is replacing science with politically correct language.

Why Are There No Good Conservative Critiques of Trump’s Unified Government?


We are now 14 months into united conservative governance. Conservatives came into power with a clear plan to rip out Obama’s achievements and overhaul the whole modern state. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell planned on running everything through reconciliation. They also had a President who would sign anything. So how is it going?
via Why Are There No Good Conservative Critiques of Trump’s Unified Government?

Worth a read.

Third Journalist Was Paid to Promote Bush Policies


WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 - The Bush administration acknowledged on Friday that it had paid a third conservative commentator, and at least two departments said they were conducting internal inquiries to see if other journalists were under government contract.
via Third Journalist Was Paid to Promote Bush Policies

Something to think about then you read about Sinclair. This has happened before.

Is Coal Waste Leaching Into America’s Drinking Water?


At more than 70 sites across the country, toxins like arsenic, mercury, and radium are leaching into groundwater from pond-like storage pits filled with the sludgy leftovers of coal burning.
via Is Coal Waste Leaching Into America’s Drinking Water?
From The New Republic. One of Trump’s 1st acts was to end monitoring of coal ash and allow coal companies to discard it into lakes and streams. We now see coal ash poisoning our drinking water.

The Worst Government Possible, on Purpose


Even conservatives in the Reagan era who preached the gospel of limited government saw some value in the actual practice of governance. Today, all that voters on the right seem to demand of their elected officials is headline fodder and comfort in the face of a more multicultural future. They voted less for a president than an emotion, and Trump’s results thus far bear that out. Even their few efforts to shape legislation have been darkly comical. A government that works is a pretty important thing, yet this one will always be more skilled at reproducing gruel for cable consumption than it will be at forming policy.
via The Worst Government Possible, on Purpose
>From Rollingstone, worth a read.

The real problem with the New York Times op-ed page: it’s not honest about US conservatism


A lot of people believe to this day that the Tea Party uprising and the subsequent eight years of hysterical, unremitting, norm-violating opposition to Barack Obama was about small-government philosophy and a devotion to low taxes and less regulation, and had nothing to do with social backlash against a black, cosmopolitan, urban law professor and his diverse, rising coalition.
But that kind of credulity can only stretch so far, and Donald Trump has stretched it to the snapping point. He abandoned the Very Serious conservative script entirely and the right ate it up. He pledged not to cut Social Security or Medicare, condemned free trade, and insulted the military and intelligence services, and they ate it up. He is a thrice divorced, self-admitted sexual predator wallowing in the kind of material ostentation that gives David Brooks nightmares, and they ate it up.
via The real problem with the New York Times op-ed page: it’s not honest about US conservatism
David Roberts in VOX does a great job explaining how Trumpism is conservatism. This is a must read.