Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The difference between the right and the left

There is, to my knowledge, no precedent of a right-wing senator not signing onto a tax cut bill--and in so doing severely weakening the bill--because the tax cut in question is too small.

There are, though, liberals who will essentially do something basically equivalent on financial reform. Don't get me wrong, I usually like Russ Feingold, but his occasional Nader-ish tendencies drive me bonkers, as do all liberals who would rather give up meaningful progress in exchange for gratifying their own moral vanity at not having "compromised".

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.