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Thinking outside box not welcome in political realm

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 11:23 am - May 26, 2012.
Filed under: Blogress Divas,Real Reform

Ann Althouse linked this earlier today:

Thinking outside the box may solve problems in the real world. But in the political realm, creative noodling will get you cast into the outer darkness. No matter which way you lean, The Machinery requires cogs, not cognizance.

She was talking about Democrats taking Cory Booker, but it relates well to a post on gay marriage/civil unions that I intend to write in the near future.



  1. As someone once wrote, to mediocre minds, genius is indistinguishable from insanity.

    Which is why it is so easy for any practical solution to our national problems that changes the status quo to be labeled ‘extremism.’

    Comment by V the K — May 26, 2012 @ 2:56 pm - May 26, 2012

  2. Outside-the-box ideas make people lose money.

    Comment by AZ Mo in NYC — May 27, 2012 @ 1:37 am - May 27, 2012

  3. Cory Booker criticized Obama’s campaign against Bain Capital. It’s worth taking a look at that:

    On Sunday [May 22], Booker referred to the negative ads [from Obama, on Bain] — as well as negative campaigning from conservatives — as “nauseating.”
    Obama campaign spokesperson Ben LaBolt said… “… a discussion of Mitt Romney’s private sector record is necessary given that he has made it the central premise of his candidacy but has falsely claimed that his goal was job creation, not profit maximization for himself and his partners.”

    This shows the Dear Reader’s fundamental hostility to, and lack of understanding of, profit. Profit means that your effort was worthwhile because you actually gained something from it. You created a net value (more value than it cost you). Profits sustain jobs. Maximizing real profit, i.e., net value creation, IS the very activity that creates productive, financially sustainable jobs.

    But Obama thinks you do it by government fiat. He’s way wrong, and now we have an added $5 trillion in debt (with relatively few added jobs) to show for His wrongness.

    Whatever Romney or Bain Capital did, they did with private money and they bore the consequences (no bailouts, to my knowledge; at least not during Romney’s time). It’s called “private equity”.

    But Obama blows taxpayer money on failed efforts to create jobs through venture socialism, or “public equity.” What is Obama’s track record? If it’s fair to look at Romney’s track record in private equity, then it’s fair to look at President Corky McShortbus’ track record in public equity.

    At the Washington Post, Marc Thiessen takes a look at Obama’s track record in public equity:

    RTWT. Hat tip Zero Hedge.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 27, 2012 @ 1:54 pm - May 27, 2012

  4. A highlight:

    …71 percent of the Obama Energy Department’s grants and loans went to “individuals who were bundlers, members of Obama’s National Finance Committee, or large donors to the Democratic Party.” Collectively, these Obama cronies raised $457,834 for his campaign, and they were in turn approved for grants or loans of nearly $11.35 billion… [resulting in] more than 100 criminal investigations…

    Now the man who made Solyndra a household name says Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital “is what this campaign is going to be about.” Good luck with that, Mr. President.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 27, 2012 @ 3:36 pm - May 27, 2012

  5. Thinking outside the box is what doomed Newt Gingrich.

    Comment by Roberto — May 27, 2012 @ 4:31 pm - May 27, 2012

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