Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 11th, 2012 12:08 am by HL
Paul Begala, The Daily Beast
“Political speech and writing,” George Orwell wrote in a biting and brilliant critique, “are largely the defense of the indefensible.” The most political of writers bemoaned the fact that “political language””and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists””is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” Orwell was reacting to the desperate euphemisms employed by members of the British intelligentsia in his day who had…
The Fiscal Cliff Is a Snooze
Howard Kurtz, The Daily Beast
From the outside, it must appear that Washington is gripped by high drama as the country faces the daunting prospect of plunging over the fiscal cliff.Um, not exactly.We're as bored as the rest of the country. People aren't chatting about this at the coffee machine or arguing the angles over lunch. The cliff notes are just background noise, humming along at far lower volume than the roar that greeted Robert Griffin III's latest Redskins performance.
Big Money Played Destructive Role in 2012
Albert Hunt, Bloomberg
The fears that big money would corrupt the political process in 2012 weren't realized, the conventional wisdom says. The fat cats, unshackled by U.S. Supreme Court and lower court decisions, weren't able to buy the presidency or the Senate.True. It also misses the point. About $6 billion was spent on the campaign, and outside groups poured $1.3 billion into political races, according to data from the Federal Election Commission and the Center for Responsive Politics.