0:31—Key midterm issues
11:50—Most laughable major party pre-election pitches
29:28—Weekly Listener Question:
“How small, of all that human hearts endure,
That part which laws or kings can cause or cure.
Still to ourselves in every place consign’d,
Our own felicity we make or find:” ― Samuel Johnson
My pithy query is this: do you think candidates would attract the 8-15% of independents by refreshingly stating their actions in office will have little to no effect on individualized happiness? For example, Democrats and Republicans have squabbled over tax cuts—a somewhat nominal 39.6 to 37% for the top rate, while Federal spending on every single mandatory and discretionary program has remained relatively unscathed, but the tax cuts are held up as an Us vs. Them when discussing policy. Will cynicism ever prevail?! Are there any real-life Bulworth examples? Thank you!
49:45—This week’s cultural recommendations
Mentioned in this podcast:
“Neither Democrats Nor Republicans Have a Clear Advantage Going Into Election Day” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
“‘Election Fraud’ Can Become Our Awful New Hyperbole” by Bonnie Kristian
“California’s Anti-Vaping Ballot Question Isn’t About ‘Protecting Children,‘” by Steven Greenhut
“The Death of Social Security: Debating Bush’s plan for private retirement accounts” by James Glassman and Tyler Cowen
“Still Fab: Why we keep listening to the Beatles” by Charles Paul Freund
“Long and Whining Road: The Beatles, the boomers, and boredom” by Nick Gillespie
“Has the Libertarian Moment finally arrived?” by Robert Draper
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Audio production by Ian Keyser
Assistant production by Hunt Beaty
Music: “Angeline,” by The Brothers Steve
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