Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Cruising the Web

If Obama is so worried about foreigners donating to political campaigns after the Citizens United decision, perhaps he should clean out his own stables first. He had to return quite a few donations from citizens of foreign countries in his 2008 campaign.

Brian Riedl describes how Obama misdiagnosed the source of our budget deficits. Our rising deficits, particularly those forecast by his recently released budget, are not due to "not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive prescription drug program," as Obama argued in his State of the Union. Instead, our real problem comes from ever-expanding mandatory spending that is eating up our budget.

David Rivkin and Mark Thiessen compare how Abdulmutallab was treated when captured and another captured bomber, Ahmed Ghailani, who was involved in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. In Ghalilani's trial, the same Department of Justice that Mirandized Abdulmutallab argued in federal court that it was unnecessary to Mirandize captured terrorists because it is more important to get intelligence from them first.

Another day, another revelation of the scummy behavior of the climate scientists at East Anglia in trying to cover up inconvenient results from research into climate science.

Keith Hennessey outlines the dangers from having the federal government take up such a large and growing percentage of the nation's economy.

The Washington Post looks into the rise of conservatives over the past year and discovers a real scoop - conservatives, neanderthals that they are, know how to use new media. I mean they have blackberrys and websites. What next will conservatives discover?

Mark Tapscott points out
that, despite Obama's words in the State of the Union about "making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development," he wasn't really talking about actually doing more offshore drilling since his budget anticipates much reduced income from rents from offshore sites. Apparently, when Obama talked about "tough choices" he meant choosing not to drill.

More Clintonian rhetoric from Obama's SOTU: you might have thought his words claiming that his administration had "excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs."meant that he wasn't employing lobbyists in his own administration, but that would be just wrong. As Timothy Carney reports that, actually, he's also hired lobbyists in his administration. It all depends on your definition of "excluded" is. For Obama, it doesn't mean "not hired."

It's good that Abdulmutallab started cooperating last week with investigators and giving them actionable intelligence as FBI chief Mueller told the Senate yesterday. However, that doesn't obviate the fact that we lost about a month's worth of intelligence-gathering by not interrogating him right away and having to wait a month to get that information. And we've yet to discover what exactly the administration is using to negotiate with the aspiring bomber. They claim that negotiations are ongoing, but that no plea bargain is imminent. Whether one is possible is still not clear.

And Dana Perino and Bill Burck wonder why the administration would publicly report that he is cooperating? Isn't that the sort of classified information better kept secret while we pursue leads? Could it be that they stated this publicly simply to try to silence critics of how the Department of Justice treated this case from the get go?

Reid Wilson reports that a lot of vulnerable Democratic congressmen started polling their districts in the last quarter of 2009. And the DNC spent a lot of polling in December alone. Hmmm, think these guys are feeling the heat? Moe Lane has the particulars on those Democrats who are feeling nervous. Meanwhile, John Hawkins profiles the 10 best opportunities for GOP Senate pickups this fall.

John Stossel notes how one window-making company has gotten lots of notice from both Obama and Biden. And it's gotten a lot of stimulus funds and publicity from MSNBC. What makes this one company so special?
Of all the window companies in America, maybe it's a coincidence that the one which gets presidential and vice presidential attention and a special tax credit is one whose company executives give thousands of dollars to the Obama campaign and where the policy officer spends nights at home with the Energy Department's weatherization boss.