Friday, May 30, 2008

Sen. Clinton and Anti-Woman Bias

E.J. Dionne notes that many women are upset over the way Sen. Clinton has been treated. He offers the following quote from the Therese Murray, president of the Massachussetts Senate...
"From the beginning, she's been treated very badly," says Therese Murray, the president of the Massachusetts Senate. "No woman would have run with Obama's resume. She wouldn't have been considered." But Clinton has been "demonized by the press and the talking heads. How do you get away with that?"
Ridiculous. What exactly is on Sen. Clinton's resume that isn't on Sen. Obama's?! That she's married to a former U.S. President? Wow.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Krugman and Denial

Paul Krugman makes the point that Republicans don't want to admit that government must solve the pollution problem, even thought the Bush 41 administration gets credit for having solved acid-rain via tradeable emission permits. It's a fair criticism.

Missing from his analysis, however, is the fact that in 1996 government solved the welfare problem largely through a rigid cap on unemployment and welfare disbursements. Clinton took all the credit he could for this policy, even though it had been both a Republican idea as well as a Republican ideal.

Now Obama is trying the same tactic on the pollution front, taking a traditionally Republican idea (market-based reform) to solve a Democratic ideal. I would think that if Krugman really cared about the environment, he'd applaud Obama rather than criticize him.

Penny Arcade On Letting Experts Be Expert

At 26:29 in this podcast (warning: it's a big dowload), Penny Arcade's Mike Krahulik makes a point about working with experts...
I don't have the skills, and I don't really understand animation, and so I feel like I would be stepping on toes if I laid out second by second what they need to be doing. Honestly I prefer when I'm collaborating with somebody who has a specialty, I like to give as little instruction as possible, because the whole reason that I'd be working with them is because they're good at what they do.
Would that more people understood that principle.