Morning Reads for Friday, January 22, 2016

“It takes a lifetime to build a good reputation, but you can lose it in a minute.”Will Rogers

Let’s make the usual MR open thread one for today’s weather stories.

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The Eiger
The Eiger

I’m going to leave this here and see if any Trump supporters care to read it then say all of the people quoted are fools. This man has to be stopped or we are all going to be in a world of hurt. The people that have been fooled by this charlatan need to wake up. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430126/donald-trump-conservatives-oppose-nomination I’ll highlight just a few of the best paragraphs, but trust me. It’s an interesting and good read. “While conservatives fought against the stimulus, Donald Trump said it was “what we need,” praising Obama’s schemes of “building infrastructure, building great projects, putting people… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I get what the National Review is trying to accomplish, but I don’t think its going to work. Eminent domain, support for the Clintons, support for bailouts, the bankruptcies… these things are baked into the cake already. Trump supporters have been hearing about these things for months. They simply. don’t. care. I think the average Trumper supports him because he is against the status quo, not because he has longstanding conservative bona fides. These folks aren’t going to be turned off by a magazine deploring his lack of “longstanding conservative principles.” They’re going to continue to admire the guy for… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

The average Trump supporter supports him because they are either genuinely stupid or ignorant of the facts. And no, those two things aren’t the same.

gcp
gcp

In terms of political philosophy Trumpet is a populist. His supporters don’t look beyond a few headlines. If they did look beyond the headlines they would find nothing. You can call that ignorance, stupidity or both.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Agreed completely, Eiger. The most concerning thing, if I’m the GOP, is the extent to which Trump has poisoned the well through his attacks on the rest of the field. I don’t think his supporters are going to suddenly migrate to Cruz, Rubio, etc.

Davo65
Davo65

Sounds a lot like what McCain and Romney supporters said of Obama in the past. It’s just another echo off the side of the bubble.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Judge Lopez is an excellent jurist and would have been a tremendous asset to the federal bench. Sen. Perdue is doing some hardcore pandering here, which is disappointing for someone who said he didn’t want to be a “Washington politician.”

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

A lot of clarity on Common Core can be gained in this Fortune article:

http://fortune.com/common-core-standards/

Georgia is mentioned in lowering the bar in testing, “honesty gap” (and we talk about teacher incentives ?). Red State is mentioned in calling a CC founder a paid pimp.

Common Care was cruising along with the states and business leaders until the Feds got to “meddling”.

Would common core be the ticket to reverse our deplorable education system if the Feds got out of the way, shut down the DOE, stopped Bureaucratic federalization and let the states agree?

Baker
Baker

I want to talk about “Space ports”. How many states are trying to build a space port? It’s hard to really tell with two minutes of Googling but according to Wiki there are currently 9 private spaceports. That number does not include St. Mary’s or however many others are proposed out there. I’m all for staying ahead of the coming market demand or whatever but…um…I don’t know when the heck these things would actually see an ROI. Seems a little “Go Fish” to me, except likely many more millions wasted. Where are all these people itching to get into space… Read more »