Obama’s selection of Misty DeMars as the poster girl of the unemployed shows his isolation from and alienation from blue collar America. It reveals the Democratic Party as a hodge-podge coalition of intellectuals, labor unions, minorities, and other special interests, in which blue-collar America is not particularly comfortable. Blue collar workers constitute sixty percent of the workforce – a formidable voting bloc for the Republicans, if only they could deliver the right message.
Water infrastructure and management are at the fore of the current drought-driven conversations on conservation. What could help advance these conversations is a bit of perspective on how the state’s water issues compare to the rest of the world.
All presidents at one time have fudged on the truth. Most politicians pad their resumes and airbrush away their sins. But what is new about political lying is the present notion that lies are not necessarily lies anymore – a reflection of the relativism that infects our entire culture.
Erik Brynjolfsson of MIT and co-author of The Second Machine Age talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in the book, co-authored with Andrew McAfee. He argues we are entering a new age of economic activity dominated...