In the past, going to CPAC has energized me. I've headed
co-sponsorship efforts, served as an MC in general sessions, and
appeared on panels. In the past, the conference has left me with the
idea that a movement of freedom-loving Americans who respect tradition
can really make a difference. Now, I feel like I'm watching a
crackup in progress.
Yeah. It's pretty grim out there.
Fortunately, there's always the option of spending
the next few years in an alcoholic stupor. [You mean that's not
how you've been spending the last few years?-ed. Shut up!]
And Tim Harford notes
there's a good way to do it on the cheap.
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have shown that a
person's enjoyment of wine can be heightened if they are simply told
that it is an expensive one.
The only trick is, I guess, that someone else has to buy it and tell you it's
expensive. (Tim also has other examples of this phenomenon.)
We had a bit of fun with John McCain's indecision
as to whether he was ignorant about economics. Certainly Barack Obama
and Hillary Clinton haven't been caught in that kind of inconsistency.
But, as Greg Mankiw points
out, both are sponsoring "comparable worth" bills in the Senate,
I may be wrong, but I don't think many mainstream economists would
defend this kind of legislation, regardless of party affiliation.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity. Or so I've heard.
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