Ran out of time today so just a few links:
“The Courageous Progressive Caucus Budget,” writes  The Economist. “Mr. Ryan has been fulsomely praised for his courage. The Progressive Caucus has not. I’m not really sure what ‘courage’ is supposed to mean here, but this seems precisely backwards.”
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman describes  the People’s Budget as “the only major budget proposal out there offering a plausible path to balancing the budget… unlike the Ryan plan, which was just right-wing orthodoxy with an added dose of magical thinking—[it] is genuinely courageous because it calls for shared sacrifice.”
The Vice President of Bed Wetting Dick Cheney, the President Will Take Your Apology Now – If the ex-VP still thinks Obama’s soft on terror, perhaps he should consult Osama bin Laden. Oh wait, he’s at the bottom of the ocean.
This April was Ulysses S. Grant’s birthday – he would be 189 years old. Ulysses S. Grant championed civil rights in the South during Reconstruction — and he’s still paying dearly for it
Once in office, Grant proved to be a stalwart supporter of African-American civil rights, as he was during the war of emancipation. He proudly signed off on the 15th Amendment to the Constitution in 1870, describing the law enabling black suffrage as “a measure of grander importance than any other one act of the kind from the foundation of our free government to the present day.” Few current citizens are aware of Grant’s importance in fulfilling emancipation’s promise, even if that promise was not carried out until the next century. Committed to a genuine reunion, he also signed off on a generous amnesty to former Confederates in 1872. Other successes in foreign policy and economic policy marked his first term.
Pay no attention to the very boring troll, a member of the Northern War of Aggression Brigade who thinks the Civil War was about the South succeeding from the Union over state’s rights.
People living in countries with governments that have a greater number of social services report being more satisfied with life, according to a study by a Baylor University researcher.
Dr. Patrick Flavin, assistant professor of political science at Baylor, said the effect of state intervention into the economy equaled or exceeded marriage when it came to satisfaction. The study is published in the spring issue of the journal Politics & Policy.
Free market capitalism has been championed by leaders such as the late President Ronald Reagan and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, while left-leaning political parties and labor movements argue for more government intervention into the market. But scholars have paid little empirical attention to the debate in terms of which leads to more satisfaction among citizens, Flavin said.
[ ]…”In many cases, less government intervention can allow for a more efficient economy, but greater economic efficiency doesn’t necessarily translate into greater contentment with one’s life,” Flavin said. “If you get sick and can’t work or lose your job and there are few social protections in place, you’re more likely to be anxious and less satisfied.”
The findings were consistent regardless of whether respondents were rich or poor and regardless of their political views, Flavin said. The findings rule out alternative explanations including individual characteristics — such as personal health, level of education and marital status — and such national factors as gross domestic product and unemployment rate.