I dunno. It seems to me the consensus "root cause," if there is one, is the culture of fatherlessness and fecklessness that characterizes "ghetto poverty." Changing that culture was what welfare reform was all about. You can argue that welfare reform wasn't the right solution (I'd disagree) but you can't say conservatives or neolib teachers' union bashers didn't propose a solution at all. ... And what's Klein's? ...
John McCain has agreed to participate in a Spanish-language (translated into English) Univision GOP presidential debate on Sept. 16. This seems like an especially dangerous occasion for a Republican trying desperately to live down his pro-legalization immigration stand--unless he's going to pull a Senorita Souljah and tell the Univision crowd to sit still for an enforcement-only bill. But it seems to me that McCain's pal Lindsey Graham is probably better at phony, post-comprehensive seat-saving anti-illegal grandstanding. ... [via Drudge] 9:33 P.M.
Kausfiles--Solution-Oriented: In the least convincing chapter in my book,** the one where I desperately try to come up with ways to "mix the classes" in the suburbs, I mention the idea of "microzoning"--requiriing a mix of very small units in richer communities. I didn't really know what I was talking about--e.g., whether this obvious idea was old hat or discredited. It turns out that many suburbs, in Southern California at least, are considering such a move. Some are rejecting it, some are embracing it. ... P.S.: The beauty of tiny condos is that they don't have to be subsidized--they're naturally cheap because they're so small. Nor do you need regulations to restrict them to lower-income people. That's who will naturally want to buy or rent them. .... The social-egalitarian payoff: When you're shopping at the supermarket, nobody knows whether you come from a 300 or a 3,000 square foot condo. ...
**--"Danek S. Kaus" had nothing to do with this book. That's Amazon's mistake. ... [via MayorSam] 5:03 A.M.
"Married at 24": Is it that unusual to be married at age 24? ("Crazy in Love or just crazy?") I don't think so. ... Update: It's not. The median age of first marriage for women is 25. .... MSN is out of touch with the Real America! ... 3:47 P.M.
Sunday, August 5, 2007