Saturday, April 3, 2010

Miscellaneous

FLG would like to put this sign up in the beer dungeon at FLG Castle. It doesn't go with the Tiki Bar motif, but whatever...

Speaking of which, one day FLG wants to install a permanent tap like this.

FLG kinda agrees and is kinda pissed off by this Charles Blow column. Example:
The Apostles of Anger in their echo chamber of fallacies have branded him the enemy. This has now become an article of faith. Obama isn’t just the enemy of small government and national solvency. He’s the enemy of liberty.

This underscores the current fight for the soul of this country. It’s not just a tug of war between left and right. It’s a struggle between the mind and the heart, between evidence and emotions, between reason and anger, between what we know and what we believe.

On one hand and as FLG has mentioned several times, he's uncomfortable with the portrayal of the Obama administration as ten seconds from tyranny. On the other hand, FLG also hates when people on the Left portray themselves as empirical and rational and the opposition as hate-blinded fools. Many of the projections of the cost savings in this bill are questionable. Not the least of all because the democrats put future medicare cuts into the bill that nobody thinks is going to happen. Moreover, even Matt Yglesias at one point said that increasing health care coverage probably won't result in much better health care outcomes. All of which is to say that the drive for universal health coverage and health care reform is not necessarily the result of cold, rational, and empirical analysis, but rather the cold, rational, and empirical analysis is the result of an ex ante belief that universal health coverage is an unmitigated good thing. The Left is claiming to be the party of the mind while the Right is the party of the heart, when they are both going on emotion and belief.

And, to be honest, given that we cannot accurately and empirically predict what effects changes like this will have, despite the best efforts of many analysts, much of this is taken on faith and decided with conscience.

1 comment:

arethusa said...

I refuse to take seriously any author who uses the phrase "Apostles of Anger" and "fallacy" in the same sentence. Overblown rhetoric.

(I see that is a pun. Too bad.)

 
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