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Poltics and other nightmares

Not so special

Another case of stolen valor:

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald falsely claimed that he served in a military special forces unit, he admitted to the Huffington Post.

Flop sweat

During this 50th anniversary year of the War on Poverty, that effort is being called a "colossal flop" because, 1: it has cost taxpayers a whopping $22 trillion but, 2: around 14 percent of Americans are still poor. In fact, we were doing pretty good at whittling away at poverty and the War on Poverty seemed to have stopped the progress dead.

Fair question

Happy tax day!Check out this Gallup Poll story from yesterday:

As many Americans scramble to prepare their taxes ahead of the April 15 deadline, a majority, 52%, say the amount they have to pay in federal income tax is "too high," while 42% say it is "about right." The percentage who say their taxes are too high has hovered around 50% since 2003, although the current 52% is up from 46% two years ago.

The white stuff

I was thinking about doing a post about how silly the fuss is over the percentage of babies born to "minority" parents being greater than those born to "majority" parents for the first time. But Ronald Bailey at reason.com did a much better job that I could:

Tic, tic, tic


Carbon Motors of Connersville isn't going to get that $310 million federal loan deal to employ 1,500 people to manufacture "the first purpose-built police car." This is the song and dance from the Department of Energy's rejection statement.