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Today I wrote about why Democrats might want to put immigration reform on the agenda, took a skeptical look at the idea that health-care reform has 10 years of taxes for six years of benefits, and looked at why Americans are angry at economic elites.

Here's what I didn't get to:

1) Why are we subsidizing Brazil's cotton farmers?

2) A KFC double-down round-up.

3) Whether Spirit Airlines charges me for an overhead bag does not seem to be the sort of thing Congress need concern itself with.

4) Does CNN need “This American Life”?

5) I'll be on Countdown with Keith Olbermann tonight.

By Ezra Klein  |  April 12, 2010; 6:50 PM ET
 
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"Whether Spirit Airlines charges me for an overhead bag does not seem to be the sort of thing Congress need concern itself with."

Geeez....I feel the same way about a whole host of things they have decided to stick their collective big head into.

Half of their agenda are items that should be left to the states and other government entities.

The citizens of the US want smaller government with less services.

http://reason.com/blog/2010/01/19/poll-most-americans-want-small

However, that doesn't secure power for the party, does it?

Posted by: WrongfulDeath | April 12, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Why are we subsidizing Brazil's cotton farmers?

That's not what we're doing. The WTO ruled in favor of Brazil - which Grunwald neglected to mention, brought the action on behalf of Mali and Burkina Faso as well as itself - in 2004. There has been no plenty of time to resolve this, but precious little political will.

Posted by: Randinho | April 12, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

"Does CNN need “This American Life”?"

That article sounds like it's describing the Al Gore-created network the "Current" (http://current.com/)

If something like that were expanded, covered the day's news more regularly, and got rid of weird gimmicks like the timers at the bottom of the screen showing how long each segment is, it'd be super successful. It's intelligent and actually engages in some deep thinking about events and policy, rather than endlessly talking about political polls or "who's killing whom."

Posted by: Chris_ | April 12, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I think this approach to immigration makes a lot more sense than the nonsense congress is flaunting.
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_14847407?nclick_check=1

Posted by: staticvars | April 12, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

"Whether Spirit Airlines charges me for an overhead bag does not seem to be the sort of thing Congress need concern itself with."

Uh-oh. You feeling all right, Ezra? You aren't going all libertarian on us, are you?

How'd you feel about congress getting involved with steroids in baseball?

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | April 12, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, or Congress getting involved with Terry Schiavo.

Posted by: Lomillialor | April 13, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

The Spirit Airlines charge for overhead compartment baggage is a sensible response to those passengers who seek to avoid checked bag charges by using the overheads for absurdly large bags. Think of it as part of an individual mandate in air travel! (Actually it has a lot to do with shifting charges from taxed items to nontaxed ones -- hence Schumer's letter to Treasury).

On the KFC thing, the readers at the other blog clearly don't get it -- the bun is for use as a napkin!

Posted by: bdballard | April 13, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

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