Schools that couldn’t hang on for Donald Trump: Daily Bullshit, December 22, 2016

For-profit education

If they could have held on for another month, my bet is that Donald Trump’s administration would have granted them a reprieve.

Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz, “2 For-Profit Colleges Will Close Their Doors,” Chronicle of Higher Education, December 22, 2016, http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/two-for-profit-colleges-will-close-their-doors/116247


Unemployment

I’m pulling together some capitalist libertarian idiocy today.

Daniel J. Mitchell, “Capitalism Destroys Jobs, and That’s a Good Thing,” Foundation for Economic Education, December 22, 2016, https://fee.org/articles/capitalism-destroys-jobs-and-thats-a-good-thing/


Environmental Protection Agency

More capitalist libertarian idiocy:

Kent Lalley, “Abolish the EPA? Absolutely!” Foundation for Economic Education, December 21, 2016, https://fee.org/articles/abolish-the-epa-absolutely/


Time

Derek Thompson’s article is really rather mediocre. The book to read on this is by Carl Honoré, entitled In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2004).

Derek Thompson, “A Brief Economic History of Time,” Atlantic, December 21, 2016, https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/12/a-brief-economic-history-of-time/510566/


Aftermath

Michael A. Memoli, “As Democrats ponder their future, Joe Biden makes a plea for a focus on the middle class,” Los Angeles Times, December 22, 2016, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-biden-interview-20161222-story.html

Brian Murphy, “Democrats want ‘someone entirely new’ in 2020, poll finds,” McClatchy, December 22, 2016, http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article122386309.html?rh=1

Alex Roarty, “Senate Democrats’ Challenge in 2018: The White Working Class,” Congressional Quarterly Roll Call, November 16, 2016, http://www.rollcall.com/news/senate-democrats-midterms-2018


Brexit

If the judgment here[1] is correct, it appears Scotland will have to follow through on another referendum on independence.[2]

Telegraph, “Spain rejects Nicola Sturgeon Brexit plan for Scotland in seemingly fatal blow,” December 22, 2016, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/22/spain-rejects-nicola-sturgeon-brexit-plan-scotland-seemingly/


Hillary Clinton

There was an awful lot wrong with Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate. I think what Joe Biden points to is what makes all the rest of it worse. But Biden suffers from the very elitism he complains about when he complains that “you didn’t hear a word about that husband and wife working, making 100,000 bucks a year, two kids, struggling and scared to death. They used to be our constituency.”[3] $100,000 per year and “struggling and scared to death?” Really?

Jordan Fabian, “Biden: Clinton never figured out why she was running,” Hill, December 22, 2016, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/311591-biden-clinton-never-figured-out-why-she-was-running


  1. [1]Telegraph, “Spain rejects Nicola Sturgeon Brexit plan for Scotland in seemingly fatal blow,” December 22, 2016, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/22/spain-rejects-nicola-sturgeon-brexit-plan-scotland-seemingly/
  2. [2]Peter Geoghegan, “Scotland eyes British exit,” Politico, October 12, 2016, http://www.politico.eu/article/all-eyes-on-scotland-scottish-national-party-conference-nicola-sturgeon/; Peter Geoghegan, “Scottish nationalists huddle to talk Brexit, independence,” Deutschewelle, October 12, 2016, http://www.dw.com/en/scottish-nationalists-huddle-to-talk-brexit-independence/a-36015386; Rowena Lindsay, “Scotland revives independence bid in wake of Brexit vote,” Christian Science Monitor, September 2, 2016, http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2016/0902/Scotland-revives-independence-bid-in-wake-of-Brexit-vote; Nicholas Winning, “Scotland to Consider New Independence Referendum Bill,” Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2016, http://www.wsj.com/articles/scotland-to-consider-new-independence-referendum-bill-1476363221
  3. [3]Michael A. Memoli, “As Democrats ponder their future, Joe Biden makes a plea for a focus on the middle class,” Los Angeles Times, December 22, 2016, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-biden-interview-20161222-story.html

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