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Digest for April 13th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for April 13th from 17:09 to 17:17:

  • For Capitalism to Survive, Crime Must Not Pay | Next New Deal

    "Capitalism is not an abstract idea. It is an economic system with a distinct set of underlying principles that must exist in order for the system to work. One of these principles is equal justice. In its absence, parties will stop entering into transactions that create overall wealth for our society. Justice must be blind so that both parties — whether weak or powerful — can assume that an agreement between them will be equally enforced by the courts.

    There is a second, perhaps even more fundamental, reason that equal justice is essential for capitalism to work. When unequal justice prevails, the party that does not need to follow the law has a distinct competitive advantage. A corporation that knowingly breaks the law will find ways to profit through illegal means that are not available to competitors. As a consequence, the competitive playing field is biased toward the company that does not need to follow the rules"

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  • Mitt’s original “white guy” problem – War Room – Salon.com

    "He thought he was going to be Mitt Romney’s running mate and the pieces seemed to be in place, but there was a glitch.

    “Let’s be blunt,” Jim Rappaport, the businessman who wanted to lead the Massachusetts Republican Party’s statewide ticket with Romney 10 years ago, told Salon recently. “They didn’t want two rich white guys.”

    Finding a suitable No. 2 became Romney’s first major undertaking when he returned to Massachusetts after the 2002 winter Olympics and muscled his way to the GOP’s gubernatorial nomination. The ensuing drama, in which he spurned Rappaport and recruited an unknown woman who had suffered two lopsided defeats for the state Legislature, then kept her as far in the background as possible, may offer some insight into how he’ll handle the running-mate decision he now faces as his party’s presumptive presidential nominee."

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  • Don’t White People Kill Each Other, Too? – NAM

    "In the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, conservatives in media have sought to deflect from the racism and racial profiling that precipitated his untimely death by referencing the broader social malaise of supposed "black-on-black violence."

    On last week's episode of This Week on ABC, Washington Post columnist George Will said that despite the Trayvon tragedy, "150 black men are killed every week in this country," and "about 94 percent of them by other black men."

    What Will, Steele and O'Reilly failed to mention is the exacting truth that white Americans are just as likely to be killed by other whites. According to Justice Department statistics (pdf), 84 percent of white people killed every year are killed by other whites.
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  • Uwe E. Reinhardt: Is There a Republican Alternative to Obamacare? – NYTimes.com

    "Mr. Goodman was reacting to a column, “G.O.P. to the Uninsured: (Feel Free to) Drop Dead,” by Michael Millenson, published on April 1 on the Health Care Blog. In his post, Mr. Goodman took issue with Mr. Millenson’s assertion that no “Republican presidential candidate has ever presented a serious plan to cover all uninsured.” He asked if Mr. Millenson’s commentary was meant to be an “April fool’s column.”

    A strict constructionist of the English language, of course, would understand the words “all uninsured” to imply truly universal health-insurance coverage.

    To my knowledge, no recent Republican alternative to Obamacare has envisaged reaching that goal, nor, for that matter, does what is known as Obamacare, even though the Congressional Budget Office estimates that it goes further toward that goal than any other plan with a chance of passing Congress, as far as I can recall."

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  • How Ted Kennedy Took On Mitt Romney’s Women Problem – The Daily Beast

    "In the Republican primary, Janet Jeghelian had touted her ability to exploit Kennedy’s “trouble with women.” Romney, chiseled and wholesome, might have thought he could do the same by highlighting his evident devotion to his picturesque family. “They made a real point to paint him as a really dedicated family man and husband,” says Scott Helman, co-author of The Real Romney. “He really cast himself as a Kennedy foil.”

    None of it mattered. When the election came, Kennedy crushed Romney among women, winning their votes by more than two to one."

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  • Trayvon Martin: Painted by Chaz Guest (PHOTOS) – The Daily Beast

    "Images of Trayvon Martin have been splashed across the news, along with George Zimmerman’s mugshot, and stories of the teenager walking home with a bag of Skittles and iced tea that fateful night. The president has spoken out, and now Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder." Now, a Los Angeles-based artist tells the story, with two paintings that depict Martin’s death. Chaz Guest—whose works are owned by Denzel Washington, Tyler Perry, and even President Obama—has produced two large-scale canvases inspired by the tragic shooting: Scream (Heard Across the Nation) and Run, Trayvon, Run.

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  • Richard Reeves: The Quiet Campaign: Voter Suppression – Truthdig

    "The 2012 presidential election is not only about who votes for Barack Obama and who votes for Mitt Romney. It is also about who votes.

    In a national campaign that does not get much national publicity, at least 41 states have passed laws or are considering new laws making it more difficult to vote in November, or legislation designed to discourage people from even trying to cast ballots, according to a study by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.

    The center reports on a quiet wave of new state legislation sweeping the country that focuses on voting eligibility and estimates that these laws could reduce presidential voting by as many as 5 million votes. To put that number in perspective, in 2008, Obama won the presidency by 9 million votes."

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