Thursday, January 07, 2010

Cruising the web

The WSJ reports on how teachers unions in a few states are threatening to torpedo their state's application for Arne Duncan's Race to the Top education grants. And the Obama administration is facilitating the ability of the unions to block such applications that look to evaluate teachers on student achievement.

Read this transcript from Robert Gibbs' press briefing yesterday as he tries to avoid answering questions about how Obama is breaking his campaign pledge to show the negotiations for the health care bill on C-Span. If this weren't so serious, it would be a comedy routine.

Tom Bevan of Real Clear Politics
points to this absurdity in Gibbs' argument that the American people have had enough information about the health care bill and debates.
And Gibbs' response yesterday brings up a new question for the White House: if the American people aren't lacking any information about the content of the health care legislation, why is the President rushing through closed-door meetings to pass a piece of legislation on a party-line vote that a majority of the country disapproves of?

Jay Cost makes a very interesting argument as to why the filibuster is a good thing. It's intriguing, as Cost's posts so often are.

Now he tells us. Senator Nelson now says that it was a mistake for the Democrats to focus on health care instead of the economy. Ya think?

When Tim Geithner was head of the New York Fed, he told AIG to withhold from the public information about its credit-default swaps.

The public is right. We should not be bailing out California. Perhaps bankruptcy might allow California communities to get out of their ruinous pension contracts that are bankrupting their treasuries.

Michael Barone explains why it is wrong for government officials to act as if they have such specialized knowledge and abilities that they can direct huge swaths of policy. As he says, they are misusing knowledge to expand government power.

Brian McGrory, a Boston Globe columnist,
excoriates Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley for ducking debates with her opponent, Republican Scott Brown. She doesn't have the confidence to follow the examples of Ted Kennedy and John Kerry and go one-on-one with her opponent.