Sunday, June 28, 2009

LGM Nuggets, Plus Frank Talk

• Robert Farley's one-sentence book review.

• Paul Campos passes along an email that illustrates why snorts of derision are always appropriate whenever the well-connected talk about their love for the "meritocracy."

• Scott Lemieux on that recent SCOTUS strip-search decision (yeah, that one).

• I'll just steal this one, since they stole it from Ezra, who stole it from PK, who stole it from Ali Frick, who also has the audio. What I mean to say is, here is the great Barney Frank:

These arguments will come from the very people who denied that the economic recovery plan created any jobs. We have a very odd economic philosophy in Washington: It’s called weaponized Keynesianism. It is the view that the government does not create jobs when it funds the building of bridges or important research or retrains workers, but when it builds airplanes that are never going to be used in combat, that is of course economic salvation.

And here is the whole audio clip. Looks like a truncated/blank video, but do not adjust your sets at home! He's answering a question about the F-22 Raptor boondoggle fighter plane, but it applies much more generally. This is about the most straightforward three minutes and forty seconds on the ownership of our political process by the military-industrial complex you'll ever hear, let alone from a member of Congress.

(alt. audio link)

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