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The Washington, D.C. Bubble

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

The Washington, D.C. Bubble
Robert Tracinski, RealClearMarkets
A long, brutal recession is prompting a certain degree of soul-searching and even philosophical debate in this election year. One example is a piece of honest introspection from a left-leaning commentator who stumbles upon an important truth while still showing us the cultural and philosophical blinders of the mainstream cultural elites.The honest part is a sort of inadvertent admission of those blinders. In a piece mostly devoted to denouncing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke for failing to print more money, Jonathan Chait ends up offering a poignant reflection on the distance between…

After First Week on Trail, Ryan Looks Ahead
Trip Gabriel, NY Times
SPRINGFIELD, Va. — It is hard to imagine Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, sauntering into a hot-dog restaurant and having an elderly, white-haired woman shout, “Hey, kick some tail!”That is the greeting his new running mate, Paul D. Ryan, got in Ohio this week, though the woman’s language was saltier. 

When Putin’s Thugs Came for Me
Garry Kasparov, Wall Street Journal
The only surprise to come out of Friday's guilty verdict in the trial here of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot was how many people acted surprised. Three young women were sentenced to two years in prison for the prank of singing an anti-Putin “prayer” in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Their jailing was the next logical step for Vladimir Putin's steady crackdown on “acts against the social order,” the Kremlin's expansive term for any public display of resistance.In the 100 days since Mr. Putin's re-election as president, severe new laws against…