Thursday, August 2, 2007
Unless his veto is overridden, embattled New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer has seemingly saved his state's welfare reform from the Good Jobs Fallacy--the idea that it makes sense to tell welfare recipients to hold out for high-paying jobs ("aerospace engineers" and "chemists" are two of the professions mentioned)--before they have to go to work. Keeping recipients on the dole while they "train" for jobs they never get is a time-tested way of ... well, keeping recipients on the dole. ... New York Daily News' Bill Hammond makes the arguments against the bill; the New York Sun points out that under the current take-any-old-job philosophy, child poverty rates have dropped along with welfare caseloads. ... 3:54 P.M.
To get the real anti-Laurie side of the Laurie David/Larry David story--not the sex part, but hypocrisy angle-- you have to go to the web site of the Martha's Vineyard Times and read the posts from "Jackie." ... There is a heartfelt haiku:
Built with size 12 shoes,
Trophy homes mean dirty feet:
Our carbon footprints.
P.S.: A pre-divorce defense of the Davids may be found here (scroll down). ...P.P.S.: Haiku is attributed to "Hal". ... 1:00 A.M.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Nobody covers baseball like kausfiles: Last night I went to Dodger Stadium and saw Barry Bonds fail to run on a pop-fly that fell in for what should have been a double. Not inspiring. But a friend had some sound PR advice for Bonds. Retire now!Tonight. Before you break Aaron's record. That way you get good press for the rest of your life as the man who would have broken the record but chose not to. The way things are going, if you break the record you're going to get basically bad press for the rest of your life. ... Backfill: Several readers point out this idea has already been masticated by sports fans. See, e.g.., this Sally Jenkins column two weeks ago. ... 4:59 P.M. link
It would indeed be an "earthquake"--a GOP-friendly earthquake--if Californians passed an initiative awarding its electoral votes by Congressional district rather than "winner take all." But they won't pass it. At least I don't see how it would have a prayer of passing in such a Democratic state. ... [via Influence Peddler] 4:52 P.M.