Megan McArdle on claims that the populace opposes health care because of misinformation:
If this becomes the party line, the Democrats are in big trouble. Every time something goes wrong with their electoral fortunes, Democrats seem to revert to the same defense mechanism: they are victims of crafty and vicious Republicans who use their secret mind control machines to spread a particularly powerful brand of lies.Megan McArdle on public support for farm subsidies:
You know what doesn't build a powerful electoral message? Telling each other that everyone actually loves your program, except for the fact that the other guy tells so many lies about it!
Would that it were so . . . we might have a shot at killing off farm subsidies. Sadly, not the case. George Bush I tried to trim back farm subsidies. Bill Clinton "ended" them. Next decade, George Bush II also made a run at killing them off. Obama's freeze will founder on the same two problems: farm states wield disproportionate, bipartisan power in the Senate, and Americans think that farmers are really, really cute. In the American mind, all farms are run by the Ingalls family who skip around solving the problems of the townsfolk between picturesque striding through waving rows of corn. In truth, they're rather more apt to be high-tech sharecroppers for Cargill and ADM, but we can't shake the image.Consistency is the hobgoblin of foolish minds. I don't know what that expression means, honestly. However, Megan isn't consistent, is rather foolish, and is a hobgoblin (wait, what's a hobgoblin? Fuck it. Sounds like something bad.) so I guess it must be true. Or is isn't. Whatever. I've already put more work than her into this shit so I'm calling it a win.