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Think Tanked
Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 11/09/2011

Herman Cain vs. Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and more [AM Briefing]

Victor Davis Hanson on Herman Cain: “Again, the comparison with Obama is volatile: Cain is authentically African-American and of an age to remember the Jim Crow South; Obama, the son of an elite Kenyan and a white graduate student, came of age as a Hawaiian prep-schooler, whose civil-rights credentials are academic. Cain’s lack of experience and seemingly embarrassing ignorance about the right of return or nuclear China are amplified by his unaffected style, whereas Obama’s similar gaffes (57 states) and buffoonery (inflating tires to preclude drilling for oil) are mitigated by metrosexual cool. After all, we live in an age when Herman Cain, with his black hat, his deep Southern cadences, and his ease among tea-party crowds, is suspect, whereas Barack Obama booms on about “millionaires and billionaires” while golfing, jetting to Martha’s Vineyard, and shaking down demonized corporate-jet owners at $35,000 a pop.” (National Review)

A Mitt divided against itself cannot stand. (National Review)

Supercommittee has the way, needs the will (Politico)

Manhattan Institute’s Steve Malanga on the movement to circumvent union dues. (Washington Examiner)

“But as Iran nears the nuclear threshold, the best way to stop it may be by punishing the Chinese companies that supply Tehran and enable its nuclear progress,” writes Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council. (New York Times)

Health care in the UK, dismantling health benefits for federal employees plus other think tank events (Washington Post)

The answer to the USPS problems is in the overfunding of retirement benefits. (AEI)

“As Alan Blinder of Princeton University trenchantly noted in 2006, ‘Many people blithely assume that the critical labor-market distinction is, and will remain, between highly educated (or highly skilled) people and less-educated (or less-skilled) people -- doctors versus call-center operators, for example.’ Instead, the crucial distinction is between those tasks that are easily digitized (and thus subject to substantial competition from workers abroad) and those that are not,” writes Peter Orszag. (Bloomberg)

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