Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) released a report on poverty that, according to several news stories and commentaries, distorted the research it cited. Charles Blahous points out that the ultimate source of the claim of distortion is a Fiscal Times story that seems itself not to have been put together very scrupulously.
Yesterday I logged on to Facebook to find a post from my friend and former colleague Dr. Jeffrey Brown, saying that a reporter had called him to see whether Congressman Paul Ryan had quoted his research accurately; Dr. Brown said he had. Dr. Brown’s post was suggestive that a reporter was working on an article exploring the possibility of inaccurate citation of academic research. Sure enough, yesterday there appeared in the Fiscal Times an article sensationally titled, “Economists Say Paul Ryan Misrepresented Their Research.”
Remarkably, one of the economists so cited was Dr. Brown, who had actually told the reporter that Ryan had quoted his research accurately.
Facts? Bah. Who needs them?
***Punishing the Productive. It's what liberals do.
***NPR says a "handful of Southern Democrats" helped Republicans squash the nomination of cop-killer defender Debo Adegbile. They have to maintain the false look of racism, of course, so they have to be "Southern" Democrats.
Just now on NPR’s Morning Edition (yes, I often listen) a story on yesterday’s failed vote on Debo Adegbile began “a handful of southern Democrats joined Republicans yesterday to defeat president Obama’s choice to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division.” For what it’s worth the Democrats who voted no:
Chris Coons (Del.)
Bob Casey (Pa.),
Mark Pryor (Ark.),
Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.),
Joe Manchin (W.V.),
Joe Donnolly (Ind.)
John Walsh (Mont.)
And of course Harry Reid (Nev.) who did it for procedural grounds.
Not exactly Sons of the Confederacy.
Who cares if they're full of baloney? There are avid liberal listeners to NPR who will believe what they hear. Why, everyone knows Delaware and North Dakota are southern states, right?
***The Lois Lerner Defense. Great piece by one of my favorites, Mark Steyn.
***Classic Obama: FY2015 budget would hike taxes by $100 billion on the one industry that's thriving. Still think he's not trying to bring down this country?
The shale boom has happened entirely incidentally to the Obama administration’s policies, offering an unexpected boon of economic growth and job creation that their own paltry policies have largely failed to produce. In their dream world, their preferred reaction to this windfall is to heap billions of dollars worth of taxes onto oil and gas companies (consumers — this means you!) to pay for their most fantastical stimulus-driven whims — and (mind-blowingly regressive) higher energy prices on fossil fuels is just an added bonus!
Reducing federal spending and regulations, thereby making it easier for businesses to grow and hire and leaving that money and capital in the private sector for investment? Pish tosh!
***Battle over "God" inscription at Purdue. Isn't it sad that we even have to have this conversation?
***(Mostly) Great ideas!
***Cars most likely to go 200,000 miles. This is interesting.
- Honda Accord
- Subaru Legacy
- Toyota Avalon
- Honda Odyssey
- Nissan Maxima
- Toyota Camry
- Ford Taurus
- Honda Civic
- Acura TL
- Subaru Outback
***Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend; And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. ~~ William Shakespeare
***Have a great day!