Interesting Takes From Home And Abroad:
Obama’s stimulus killers By Nina Easton, Fortune
Barack Obama promised universal health care and a mass conversion to green energy when he launched his presidential campaign. On that frigid February day in 2007, the economy was growing at a 2.8% clip.
Why I Oppose National Health Care By Megan McArdle, Atlantic
I know, most of you have already figured out why I oppose national health care. In a nutshell, I hate the poor and want them to die so that all my rich friends can use their bodies as mulch for their diamond ranches. But y’all keep asking, so here goes the longer explanation.
Sarah Grabs the Grievance Grab Bag From Hillary By Maureen Down, The New York Times
The woman who was prematurely counted in is out. And the woman who was prematurely counted out is in.
How We’ll Win in Afghanistan By Bing West, The Wall Street Journal
More coalition soldiers have died in July than in any previous month in the nine-year war in Afghanistan. Last week, the soldier who slept on the cot next to me was killed. A rocket-propelled grenade fired from a snow-capped mountain in remote Nuristan Province killed Staff Sgt. Eric Lindstrom, a father of twin baby girls and the best squad leader in the platoon.
OAS is Part of the Problem in Latin America By Alvaro Vargas Llosa, RealClearPolitics
Honduras, where an ally of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez triggered a military response after violating the law in his attempt to stay in power, reminds us that today’s threat to liberal democracy in Latin America comes from authoritarian populists who abuse the legitimacy of the ballot box. It also suggests that the Organization of American States (OAS), the hemispheric body supposed to uphold the rule of law, is part of the problem.