Politics: February 2006 Archives

A Favorite Passtime...

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...is watching Ramesh Ponnuru dismantle Andrew Sullivan over at The Corner. Case in point here, followed up here, with a grand finale here.

Buy please don't let the deserved personal disdain dripping from Ponnuru's prose divert your attention from the very important, very clear, very true points he makes about abortion.

Someday Sullivan will get wise to the fact that taking on Ponnuru damages his credibility every single time.

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Crunchy Cons


Dallas Morning News columnist and National Review contributor Rod Dreher has a new book out: Crunchy Cons, with the rather informative if lengthy subtitle of "How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers, and their diverse tribe of countercultural conservatives plan to save America (or at least the Republican Party)."

I plan to get my hands on this book as soon as I can, but in the meantime here are some handy related links:

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Eminent Domain in Cali


The Winter 2006 City Journal is out, and it includes a depressing look by Steven Malanga at the use of eminent domain in California. Local legislators are running wild, collaborating with developers and using eminent domain to take away Private property from private use. malanga cites the particularly egregious example of a Costco that sits on land taken from a Church in Cypress, CA. Also mentioned is an attempt "to grab 188 homes in the thriving City Heights neighborhood... to build 509 town houses, condos, and apartments on the land."

Fortunately, Republican State Senator Tom McClintock (the best governor California never had) is leading a petition drive to put a constitutional amendment on the state's November ballot to put limits on the use of eminent domain. The amendment contains limits simlar to those scuttled by state politicos last summer.

Polls show that 90 percent of Californians favor curtailing eminent-domain powers. Still, many municipal officials in the state oppose the constitutional amendment, as does the Democrat-controlled legislature. Measure proponents anticipate that, to defeat the amendment, legislators and municipal officials will enlist the aid of well-funded real-estate and development groups, as well as businesses like big-box stores and hotels that frequently win prime sites from local governments through eminent domain.

Much is at stake. A successful ballot initiative in the nation’s largest state, where use and abuse of eminent domain for economic development have become so widespread, could jump-start similar legislation around the country.

Go. Read.

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Terrifying truths


NPR's Andrea Seabrook:

"Congressional staffers are so young... America is run by 24-26 year-olds."

It's one of those things you don't like to think about, but....

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