George Will on The Donald and other Colbert Treats

Tonight on Colbert, Colbert quotes George Will "who said this, this week, on this week's This Week:"

George Will: The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious it seems to me: Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough that your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics.

Colbert also drops some Latin for you Classical Nerds, quoting Cato the Elder's "Carthago delenda est" (Carthage must be destroyed).  Then he dismisses his audience's lukewarm response with: "De gustibus non est disputandum (In matters of taste, there can be no disputes).

Colbert finds the silver-lining in Egypt's Presidential runoff between Mohamed Morsy and Ahmed Shafiq:  "Nobody likes either candidate; angry protesters are screaming in the streets; and only 46% of registered voters went to the polls--which means Egypt finally has achieved American-style democracy....Because democracy isn't about getting everything you want.  It's about not getting most of what you don't want."


Murphy: Mulcair Threatens The Confederation

"Why is Mr Mulcair so very early in the game insulting premiers, attacking the West, and setting up, if he continues this tack, the worst possible outcome: frictions within the confederation, between East and West, Quebec and Alberta, provinces and the federal government?

"It is the most divisive debut of any opposition leader I can recall, and potentially very dangerous to Confederation."

Rex Murphy, CBC The National, 17 May 2012


Zoellick: The Best Antidote to Poverty Is Growth

Global Public Square interview with outgoing World Bank Chief Robert Zoellick.

Fareed Zakaria:
What do you think is the answer to overcoming poverty.

Robert Zoellick:
Growth is still the best antidote for poverty, but one of the things we’ve learned over the years is that growth is not enough so we talk about inclusive growth.  That means you need all the components: you need the environment for private sector investment, you need the opportunity for creating jobs through companies.  But at the same time, what inclusive growth means to me is that you also need an efficient social safety net, so that when the vicissitudes of economies or world events strike that  people at the bottom aren’t crushed, or you don’t lose a generation to improper nutrition or education.