Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for March 6th from 15:17 to 15:31:
- Anti-Government ‘Patriot’ Groups Ramp Up Again – It’s déjà vu all over again.
Twenty years ago, the passage of the Brady gun control bill helped ignite the first wave of the “Patriot” movement, a combustible mix of gun-toting militias and baseless conspiracy theories about government perfidy that culminated in the 1995 mass murder of 168 people in an Oklahoma City federal building.
- There is No “Fever” to Break – It's clear Obama still thinks he can break the GOP's "fever," but this isn't an aberration. There is no fever. It's what they are, and it's what the party stands for. The modern Republican Party—its activists, lawmakers, and fundraisers—is devoted to shrinking the welfare state. This is what the GOP is—a party devoted to shrinking the welfare state, and there's little Obama can do to change that fact.
- It’s Almost Like the Tea Party Won – The Obama administration is doing its best to make Americans aware of – and enraged by – the impact of the sequester, hoping to pressure Republicans into a deal that will undo the cuts and replace them with the “balanced” deficit reduction framework that the president has been seeking for two years now. But several days into the sequester, it’s starting to feel like the critical mass of outrage that the White House is hoping for may not be reached.
- Raising the minimum wage could improve public health – New research in economics suggests that raising the minimum wage will improve the health of many Americans, especially those with low income, and this improvement should help bend the cost curve for medical care.
- The 32 Dumbest and Most Devastating Sequester Cuts – As Obama said during a press conference yesterday, “This is not going to be a apocalypse, I think as some people have said. It’s just dumb. And it’s going to hurt. It’s going to hurt individual people and it’s going to hurt the economy overall.” In a 83-page letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), the Office of Management and Budget details the specific reductions each government program will face. Here are the dumbest and most painful cuts:
- My sober conversion to atheism – I stood on a mountaintop and looked out over the sea. A thousand feet below me, eagles soared on thermals. Wind blew through my hair and I felt dizzy. I fell to my knees and cried. I didn't realize it at the time, but this “white-light” experience was the moment I realized there was no God — I had been struck atheist.