Gongol.com Archives: October 2017
October 24, 2017
We're a long way from "I Like Ike"
Walter Shapiro: "Even without deliberate foreign interference, it is dangerous for politics to be conducted in an arena potentially free of all public scrutiny. In theory, it is now possible for political campaigns to tailor individualized messages to every voter in America." Technology itself is almost always value-neutral; whether it is good or bad depends upon the hands in which it is placed. And if we're not thinking about making better people, we shouldn't be surprised if the technology is used for bad purposes.
Jennifer Rubin writes: "[I]f we collectively decide we want more government (or the government we want costs more for the foreseeable future) we should pay for it, not fob it off on the next generation." Letting tax "cuts" become the cart that drives the horse has become a big mistake: The management of tax rates as an economic-growth management tool is really just a warmed-over version of Keynesianism. Instead, we should decide what we want from government, limit those wants, and pay for it.
President Xi's ideology is now Chinese Communist Party orthodoxy
Reports the Economist: "The person has become the party in a way China has not seen since Mao."
The military should have to answer questions when Americans die in service
"[O]ne fundamental part of honoring the sacrifice of servicemembers is understanding why they were put at risk, and demanding that those who did so hold themselves to account.
Chicagoland offers some $2 billion in incentives to get Amazon HQ2
A billion and a half in tax discounts, plus half a billion in transportation infrastructure spending, according to the Chicago Tribune.