Daily Archives: May 6, 2010

Kate Galbraith compares the reactions of Rick Perry, Republican governor of Texas, and Bill White, his Democratic challenger, to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Both men are for continued offshore drilling, but Perry complacently called it an “act of God”, whereas White, who has a background in energy, issued a 10-page memo on unanswered questions and next steps. Kate’s note and White’s memo are well worth reading.

So, by the way, is this note by Bill Galston–by no means a reflexive anti-Republican–who asks whether some of the blame for what happened lies with the Bush administration:

So here’s my question: what is responsible for MMS’s [Minerals Management Service, the division of the Interior Department responsible for offshore drilling] change of heart between 2000 and 2003 on the crucial issue of requiring a remote control switch for offshore rigs? What we do know is that unfettered oil drilling was to Dick Cheney’s domestic concerns what the invasion of Iraq was to his foreign policy—a core objective, implacably pursued regardless of the risks. Is there a connection between his infamous secret energy task force and the corrupt mindset that came to dominate a key program within MMS? Would $500,000 per rig have been regarded as an unacceptably expensive insurance policy if a drill-baby-drill administration hadn’t placed its thumb so heavily on the scale?

Europe’s other elections. Joerg Forbrig, German Marshall Fund. Is Europe trending right?

Was it really a bubble? Casey Mulligan, NYT. Not as much as you might think.

Why charter schools fail the test. Charles Murray, NYT. Because the test measures the wrong things.

Attention, Whole Foods shoppers. Robert Paarlberg, Foreign Policy. The delusions of compassionate eating.

No VIP visas for fashion models. Erika Lovley and Marin Cogan, Politico. Another immigration injustice. Strangely ineligible for the O-visa (“alien of extraordinary ability”), quota-capped by the H1-B, foreign models must pose abroad in front of Manhattan backdrops, or get the Grand Canyon Photoshopped in. The case for a Whoa-visa (“exceptionally good-looking alien”; renewable annually to age 28 on personal application to consulate, BMI not to exceed 18) is self-evident. Congress refuses.

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I have been the FT's Washington columnist since April 2007. I moved from Britain to the US in 2005 to write for the Atlantic Monthly and the National Journal after 20 years working at the Economist, most recently as deputy editor. I write mainly about the intersection of politics and economics.

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