NFL week 15

The Jags are tough. They smacked Pittsburgh right in the mouth and the Steelers crumbled. I am also very surprised that Miami finally got a win and at the apparently boundless limits of Roy Williams’s cluelessness. When they actually name a penalty after you, how dumb do you have to be to drag down Donovan McNabb in precisely the manner that inspired the creation of the penalty.

David Frum vs econ, truth, and democracy

Now that the Good Ship Rudy is sinking under the weight of public rejection, NRO’s David Frum has decided that he’s not that keen on letting the little people have an opinion on how they will rule themselves:

Since the 1960s, conservatives have chafed and seethed against liberal elitism. Liberals have used their influence in the courts and government bureaucracies to win political victories they never could have won at the ballot box. Conservatives have reacted by turning to populism — to a defence of the commonsense wisdom of ordinary voters against the pretensions of know-it-alls.

Conservatives have drawn strength from populism. But you can overdo any good thing –and I am beginning to think that on this one, we’ve zoomed the car into the red zone….

The currently front-running candidate in Iowa, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, has built his campaign on a plan to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and replace the federal income tax with a national sales tax. Economists and tax experts virtually unanimously agree that the plan is beyond unworkable — that it is downright absurd.

Right, a failure to substitute faux conservative elitism for liberal elitism, THAT’S the problem. And how can it possibly to be “downright absurd” to eliminate an onerous, unjust and evil tax that didn’t exist for the majority of the country’s history. And Frum reveals himself to be either a deeply dishonest man or a shockingly ignorant one when he tells obvious untruths about Ron Paul:

Huckabee and Paul have not the faintest idea of what they are talking about. The problem is not that their answers are wrong — that can happen to anyone. The problem is that they don’t understand the questions, and are too lazy or too arrogant to learn.

I have emailed Mr. Frum at asking him to either retract his erroneous charges about Ron Paul or to debate me concerning the economic realities of the federal income tax and Ron Paul’s proven knowledge of them.

UPDATE: I have since written a detailed response to what passed for Mr. Frum’s defense of his erroneous assertion.

Tea Party today

Ron Paul on homeschooling:

My commitment to ensuring home schooling remains a practical alternative for American families is unmatched by any Presidential candidate. Returning control of education to parents is the centerpiece of my education agenda. As President I will advance tax credits through the Family Education Freedom Act, which reduces taxes to make it easier for parents to home school by allowing them to devote more of their own funds to their children’s education.

I am committed to guaranteeing parity for home school diplomas and advancing equal scholarship consideration for students entering college from a home school environment.

We must have permanency in the Department of Defense Home School Tier 1 Pilot Program, providing recruitment status parity for home school graduates. I will use my authority to prevent the Department of Education from regulating home school activities.

I will veto any legislation that creates national standards or national testing for home school parents or students. I also believe that, as long as No Child Left Behind remains law, it must include the protections for home schoolers included in sec. 9506 (enshrining home schoolers’ rights) and 9527 (guaranteeing no national curriculum).

Federal monies must never be used to undermine the rights of homeschooling parents. I will use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to encourage a culture of educational freedom throughout the nation.

It’s not quite up there with my policy of closing the public schools altogether, but then, I don’t expect a presidential candidate to be quite as radical as I am. It’s certainly a good deal better than Bush’s No Child Left Alone policy.

Today is the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party and Paul’s supporters have declared their intention to repeat their money bomb that left the mainstream political pundits reeling today. So, if you feel inclined to throw a few bits of colored paper at his campaign, this is the place to contribute to the Ron Paul Revolution. And here’s how the Tea Party is doing today.