Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Crusing the Web

A new CNN poll reveals that 70% of Americans are glad that the Democrats lost their super-majority. Americans seem to prefer divided government. They'll get their chance to divide our undivided government this fall.

Here's a nice trend - more California students prefer not to list their race on questionnaires. They would prefer to be identified simply as Americans. Imagine that.

Michelle Malkin takes out after the trend in some schools to teach math systems in use in ancient cultures. Math teachers seem to think that students would learn math better if they studied Mayan or Egyptian math. When kids can't figure out how to add fraction or read a data table or balance a checkbook, why would you spend any of your valuable class time dealing with an ancient math system?

Edward Jay Epstein details how the FBI seems to have traveled up several dead ends in its attempt to figure out who was sending out anthrax back in 2001. Meanwhile, they ruined the lives of the people that they suspected although there are some key clues that they seem to be deliberately ignoring in order to pursue their theory of a lone mad scientist.

Ross Douhat makes a very good point at where the Democrats should place their blame for voter dissatisfaction.
If the legislation fails, liberals will have a long list of scapegoats. They can blame Max Baucus’s delays, Joe Lieberman’s demands and Olympia Snowe’s dithering. They can blame the filibuster, Fox News and Sarah Palin. They can blame Barack Obama’s lack of passion, Harry Reid’s lack of finesse and House Democrats’ lack of guts.

But they might want to save some blame for the welfare state their predecessors built.
Douhat's perceptive point is, with all the public programs that we have become used to, everyone is now part of special interest.
This means seniors who get Medicare and hospitals that accept it. It means patients and doctors in states that spend “too much” on health care, according to the Office of Management and Budget, and who would bear the brunt of cost controls. It means upper-income taxpayers who object to being singled out for tax increases. It means union members who like the current health-insurance tax deduction exactly as it is. And judging by last week’s election, it means the citizens of Massachusetts, who already pay for semi-universal health care and don’t see why they should subsidize Mississippi and Montana as well.

Chances are that you belong to at least one of these “special” interest groups. And so whatever your political views, chances are that your concerns have played a role in delaying the health care bill, warping it, and possibly killing it off altogether.
When the government is so big, it touches all of us and we have strong concerns about changes to policies that affect us.