Archive for December 11th, 2012

Le Carré’s ‘Most Wanted Man’ reinforces the unbearable hardness of being

December 11, 2012

By Matthew E. Milliken
Dec. 11, 2012

Le Carré’s 20th book, A Most Wanted Man, came out in 2008. I have had it for years. But I put it down at least once, finding myself unable to get past the opening pages.

Some days ago, I embarked anew upon this book, which I understand is being made into a movie. And it wasn’t long before I fell in love with A Most Wanted Man.

That’s what I wrote the other week in this post about three books that I started reading but could not bear to finish. (Not so incidentally: Le Carré’s first name is John. It’s a pen name, as you’ll soon see.)

Well, the other day, I finished it. First, two more excerpts from the post; then, additional impressions based on my full reading of the novel.  Read the rest of this entry »

One Wondrous Sentence: Protecting Social Security (or not)

December 11, 2012

This one wondrous sentence, shows how some conservative strategists are urging Republicans to play a long game, in part by extending the payroll tax cut that will expire at the end of this year, while pursuing an anti-Social Security agenda.

The program should come to be seen (as it has always in fact functioned) as part of the government’s overall budget, and therefore part of its budget problem, rather than being shielded from reform thanks to a misunderstanding of how the government uses the money it raises through a regressive tax that makes the lives of working families harder.

Source:  James C. Capretta and Yuval Levin, “The GOP’s Payroll Tax Opportunity,” The Weekly Standard, Dec. 10, 2012. (Link is to third of three pages.)

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