The President’s press conference last week was a disaster by most measures. Conor Friedersdorf has a good tit-for-tat followup. The President essentially denied the patriotism of a man who threw his life away to tell his fellow Americans about how their rights are being systematically violated, then seemed to strongly imply that a rigorous and responsible debate about surveillance was about to spring forth before NSA leaks ruined it. Tough sell, to say the least.
I chatted with Jim Harper about avenues for reforming these broad surveillance powers and a new brief filed by the Cato Institute in support of the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s case against the feds.
Eastern KY coal employment fell by another 916 jobs last quarter; employment now 42% lower than it was 2 years ago http://t.co/5PBSkrbj8q
— KY Policy (@KyPolicy) August 7, 2013
I’m not sure if the above tweet is meant to convey something negative, but I certainly don’t view it as downside. While productivity has grown tremendously, employment in coal has been in decline for a very long time and thank goodness it has!
The trend translates to fewer coal-related deaths, both in mining disasters and (later) black lung. The downside here isn’t that fewer people are employed in coal mines, it’s that these people are unemployed. That’s a much better problem than black lung or having lost a working-age parent to a tragic and premature death.
I want to read the Dan Balz book for this story alone:
Balz informs us that when Stuart Stevens, Romney’s chief strategist, saw Clint Eastwood on live television at the Republican National Convention speaking off-script to an imaginary Obama in an empty chair, “he walked out of the room and threw up.”
Let’s be totally clear: For many libertarian-leaning voters, Clint Eastwood was easily the highlight of of the 2012 RNC.