Forego the Parable

...my knees are cold

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We’ve been hearing a lot about the war on women, which is real enough. But there’s also a war on the young, which is just as real even if it’s better disguised. And it’s doing immense harm, not just to the young, but to the nation’s future.

Let’s start with some advice Mitt Romney gave to college students during an appearance last week. After denouncing President Obama’s “divisiveness,” the candidate told his audience, “Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business.”

The first thing you notice here is, of course, the Romney touch — the distinctive lack of empathy for those who weren’t born into affluent families, who can’t rely on the Bank of Mom and Dad to finance their ambitions. But the rest of the remark is just as bad in its own way.

I mean, “get the education”? And pay for it how? Tuition at public colleges and universities has soared, in part thanks to sharp reductions in state aid. Mr. Romney isn’t proposing anything that would fix that; he is, however, a strong supporter of the Ryan budget plan, which would drastically cut federal student aid, causing roughly a million students to lose their Pell grants.

So how, exactly, are young people from cash-strapped families supposed to “get the education”? Back in March Mr. Romney had the answer: Find the college “that has a little lower price where you can get a good education.” Good luck with that. But I guess it’s divisive to point out that Mr. Romney’s prescriptions are useless for Americans who weren’t born with his advantages.

… What should we do to help America’s young? Basically, the opposite of what Mr. Romney and his friends want. We should be expanding student aid, not slashing it. And we should reverse the de facto austerity policies that are holding back the U.S. economy — the unprecedented cutbacks at the state and local level, which have been hitting education especially hard.

Yes, such a policy reversal would cost money. But refusing to spend that money is foolish and shortsighted even in purely fiscal terms. Remember, the young aren’t just America’s future; they’re the future of the tax base, too.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste; wasting the minds of a whole generation is even more terrible. Let’s stop doing it.

Paul Krugman, The New York Times, “Wasting Our Minds.”

Go read the whole damned thing.

(via inothernews)

(via barackobama)

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It happens when a father realizes he doesn’t just love his daughter, but also her wife. It happens when a soldier tells his unit that he’s gay, and they tell him they knew it all along and they didn’t care, because he was the toughest guy in the unit. It happens when a video sparks a movement to let every single young person know they’re not alone, and things will get better.

It happens when people look past their ultimately minor differences to see themselves in the hopes and struggles of their fellow human beings. That’s where change is happening.

And that’s not just the story of the gay rights movement. That’s the story of America—the slow, inexorable march towards a more perfect union.
President Obama (via barackobama)

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For the first eight years of our marriage, [Michelle and I] were paying more in student loans than what we were paying for our mortgage. So we know what this is about.

And we were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income. But we only finished paying off our student loans—check this out, all right, I’m the President of the United States—we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago.
President Obama in North Carolina today on why Congress has to act to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling (via barackobama)

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Yeah. And you can quote me on that.
2012 Master’s Champion Bubba Watson in an anonymous survey from Golf Magazine responding to a question asking if Augusta National’s all-male membership policy bothered him. 90% of the survey responded “No.”

(Source: blogs.golf.com)

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rzrachelzoe:

In need of a great new handbag this Spring? Isn’t everyone? That’s why I’m giving away the incredibly chic Joni Hobo from my collection! Reblog this post for a chance to be entered to win.
Contest is open to US and International residents from February 27th-March 3rd.
Good Luck to all my fellow fashion obsessed! xoRZ
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rzrachelzoe:

In need of a great new handbag this Spring? Isn’t everyone? That’s why I’m giving away the incredibly chic Joni Hobo from my collection! Reblog this post for a chance to be entered to win.

Contest is open to US and International residents from February 27th-March 3rd.

Good Luck to all my fellow fashion obsessed! xoRZ

See contest rules here

Doubtful, but you never know :)

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nprmusic:

On dueling grand pianos, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon and drummer Sean Carey work through stripped-down versions of ”Hinnom, TX,” “Wash.,” and “Beth/Rest” from Bon Iver, “Babys” from the Blood Bank EP, and the single “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”

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The great conservative bugaboo, Obamacare, is also far more moderate than its critics have claimed…Yes, it crosses the Rubicon of universal access to private health care. But since federal law mandates that hospitals accept all emergency-room cases requiring treatment anyway, we already obey that socialist principle—but in the most inefficient way possible. Making 44 million current free-riders pay into the system is not fiscally reckless; it is fiscally prudent. It is, dare I say it, conservative…What liberals have never understood about Obama is that he practices a show-don’t-tell, long-game form of domestic politics. What matters to him is what he can get done, not what he can immediately take credit for. And so I railed against him for the better part of two years for dragging his feet on gay issues. But what he was doing was getting his Republican defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs to move before he did. The man who made the case for repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” was, in the end, Adm. Mike Mullen.
Andrew Sullivan absolutely kills this.  He defends Obama’s first term as remarkably prolific, moderate and true to principle.  Hear, hear.  (via thecallup)

(Source: thedailybeast.com, via newsweek)

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Full Credit For Being Alive: An Annotated Response To That New York Post Tim Tebow Article By Someone Who Has Had Five Hours Of Sleep In The Last Two...

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Tebow is respectful, wholesome and a man of God. He has no obvious failings besides an inaccurate throwing arm.

Well that is unfortunate, as THAT IS HIS JOB. Not to teach us all about Jesus. His job is to THROW THE BALL TO SOMEONE ELSE, and if he wasn’t talking about God all the fucking…

Pretty much my thoughts exactly.