Daily Archives: March 16, 2014
Sorry, but I just don’t see how this poor boy’s going to be scarred for life by this trauma.
Nelson Rockefeller’s son eaten by cannibals. It happened in 1961, though the news is being reported as new because a book’s come out on the subject. Heck, I knew the poor guy was put on the menu back then and I was just eight-years-old. I remember it giving me the creeps. I hadn’t realized that the story had subsequently been changed to spare the family’s feelings. Cue voice-over: “Now it can be told”.
In an interview with vocativ.com, Paul said he had “sort of a Jeffersonian belief in unity, peace and commerce with all” and that the best way to build the GOP for the future is to include people with whom they don’t agree on every issue.
“I think that the Republican Party, in order to get bigger, will have to agree to disagree on social issues,” Paul advised. “The Republican Party is not going to give up on having quite a few people who do believe in traditional marriage. But the Republican Party also has to find a place for young people and others who don’t want to be festooned by those issues.”
Paul may be eying polls that say that fewer people every year stand against gay marriage, especially the young.
In fact, a recent poll of young Republicans found that 61 percent of them support gay marriage in principle. For Americans over all, support for gay marriage has cracked the 50 percent mark–with 54 percent in support–and that support is growing every year.
Vocativ asked Paul how his new claim squared with his past assertions that the gay marriage issue should be handled locally. Paul reiterated that local issues should be handled according to local mores, but also noted that marriage has legal and tax repercussions.
“But when it comes to taxes and benefits, the [federal] government out to take a neutral position–a way where marriage wouldn’t have an effect, positive or negative, on those things,” he said.
I disagree with Paul on (some) of his foreign policy positions, but keeping the government out of social mores is good sense and even better politics. If the Republicans ever get this, they’ll sweep the Democrats into a an irrelevant huddled pile of illegal aliens, femi-nazis and crazed academics. Say goodnight, Hillary.
Rally for lower taxes on Obama multi-millionaires like Harvey Weinstein and George Lucas, because, they say, higher taxes reduce productivity. But only among the creative movie types – everybody else is too stupid to be affected by disincentives, and will keep working.
There’s an old joke about a boy who complains to his mother that his little sister keeps pulling his hair.
“Oh,” responds the mother, “she doesn’t know that it hurts.”
A few minutes later, the mother hears the girl scream and runs into the other room. “She knows now,” the boy explains.
Pull their hair – or, in Weinstein’s case, his beard.
UPDATE: Headline should read, “re-discovers Laffer curve” – Exactly sixty years ago, Hollywood rebelled against a 20% excise tax on ticket sales, and produced a heartwarming video on the evils of excessive taxation and its disastrous effect on their industry. The tax was repealed, thus freeing Hollywood celebrities to turn their attention to other matters, like advocating for a redistribution of wealth and higher taxes for the middle class.