Amity Shlaes interview on Coolidge over at PJ Media.

Ed Driscoll did the interview: Amity Shlaes, of course, is the [author*] of both The Forgotten Man (a very useful look at the Great Depression, particularly if you’re tired of FDR’s WWII-derived halo) and her new book Coolidge (and I find it entertaining that she made that joke in the title).  I’ve been looking forward to the latter book for some time; I also hope to interview Amity myself for RedState.  I’ll keep you posted on that.

[* Fixed.  Sorry!]

#rsrh I join Ed Driscoll in rolling my eyes at the Hill’s pundit welfare program.

Ed Driscoll is a little perturbed that the Hill is publishing pap:

I tend to think of The Hill as being establishment liberal, but sane. Until I start reading headlines there such as this: “Five conservative Supreme Court men join Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, John Boehner and Ron Paul in the war against women.” It sits atop a post by Brent Budowsky, a former aide to dinosaur liberals such as Lloyd Bentsen and Birch Bayh, and you can just see the flecks of spittle flying into his computer monitor — and then fill-in the words that are missing…

Ehh, Ed, it’s just Budowsky. I assume that he owes somebody at the Hill a favor. Or perhaps it’s just pity on their part; it’s not like the guy can find work anywhere else. Continue reading #rsrh I join Ed Driscoll in rolling my eyes at the Hill’s pundit welfare program.

The SUGAR Act of 2009.

Short for the “Shut Up and Go Away Reform act of 2009.” As creator Vodkapundit notes (H/T Ed Driscoll), it’s very simple:

We as a nation will pay Obama and Geithner 1% off the top of any and all stock market profits. In exchange, they’ll shut up and go away. They’ll keep their jobs; they just won’t do anything. Surely, Treasury couldn’t do any worse with 18 of 18 top positions vacant, than it has with only one position filled. And after 75 years of presidential overreach, it might be a nice change of pace to have a chief executive whose chief goal is to enjoy a nice cocktail.

If you think that this is actually not that great an idea… no, it’s probably not. As Stephen Green himself admits; but the idea still resonates with him, and Ed, and Glenn Reynolds, and probably a whole lot of libertarian-friendly types.

Crossposted to RedState.