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Digest for December 11th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for December 11th from 16:59 to 17:04:

  • The Peril of a Sentient GOP – The biggest problem the Republican Party faces is not uninspiring candidates or unsound tactics. It is unpopular ideas.
  • Op-Ed Columnist: The God Glut – A West Point cadet’s experience suggests our lax observance of the line between church and state.
  • Op-Ed Contributor: For Marriage Equality, the Work’s Not Just in Court – Racking up more state legislative victories and continuing the momentum in public opinion are vital as the Supreme Court considers same-sex couple marriage.
  • The "Entitlement Reform" Nobody Really Wants – Just when you thought the fiscal talks couldn't get any more absurd, there is growing evidence that the big sticking point may be an "entitlement reform" that nobody has any real reason to support: an increase in the age for Medicare eligibility.
  • Four Bad Liberal Arguments For “Compromising” On the Medicare Age – It’s tempting to read these pieces by Matt Yglesias and Jonathan Chait and decide that, all things considered, liberals should at least consider raising the Medicare age to 67 as part of a budget compromise.

    They shouldn’t.

    “This seems like a useful time for liberals to sort out the difference between budget ideas we don’t like and budget ideas we can’t or shouldn’t accept,” Chait writes. I couldn’t agree more. Put this one in the “can’t accept” column.

    Here are four arguments for compromising on the Medicare age – and why they’re wrong.

  • Family isn’t dead – it’s getting better – If people abandon the traditional model and forgo children or marriage it does not destroy societies, it can liberate them
  • What’s with the GOP’s absurd fear of all things U.N.? – At least they had the decency to wait 24 hours.

    Last Tuesday, following the international day honoring the disabled, 38 Senate Republicans voted down the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. With former Senate majority leader and disabled WWII veteran Bob Dole silently beseeching them from his wheelchair, Dole’s fellow Republicans railed against “cumbersome regulations” that could threaten American “sovereignty.”

  • David Davies, I’m proud my child is gay – If the Tory MP had asked me, I'd have told him I like having a gay son so much that I think everyone should have one

    A Conservative MP has claimed "most parents" don't want their children to be gay. How can he possibly know? How many has he asked? Certainly not me; if he had, I'd have told him I like having a gay son so much I think everyone should have one.

  • Will Obama Screw Liberals? – Michael Tomasky on why the White House would be foolish to trade a Medicare cut for an increase in tax rates.

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