Friday, February 05, 2010

Cruising the Web

Now that Senator Brown has been sworn in, Joe Biden thinks it is time to increase the number necessary to vote cloture on a filibuster. Coincidence? You decide.

John Conyers thinks that there should be some sort of affirmative action on American officials providing disaster relief for Haiti.

One of the benefits of replacing Senator Kennedy in mid-term is that Senator Brown gets to take over Kennedy's plush, large office.

Megan McArdle explains
why teachers unions oppose merit pay. It's in their very nature.

George Neumayr exposes the emptiness of Obama's push for Paygo rules.

The Democrats had a nice staged public event with the President. They were instructed not to raise health care in front of the cameras. And they obediently complied so that Obama wouldn't have to make definite statements on what he wants on health care in front of C-Span cameras. Then when he left, they all said what they really felt. And Democrats are upset that Obama isn't providing much leadership on what form the health care bill should take and has basically shelved their participation in the intra-Democratic debate since the Massachusetts election. And these senators are angry, especially Al Franken who is gaining the reputation for being a particularly nasty guy.

Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Alex Brill
explain how the Democrats' health care bill would raise the effective marginal tax rate on the lower and middle class.

Steve Chapman explains why
last year's fiscal stimulus didn't add jobs. As he points out money spent by government on make-work temporary jobs is money that is not available to the private sector creating more permanent jobs.

The Raleigh News and Observer covers the plans that North Carolina has developed for the state's history curriculum that I ranted about yesterday. Authorities claim that getting American history in bits and pieces from fifth grade on up is preferable to spending a year in high school with a coherent study of history from our nation's founding to the present. People are not pleased with the idea. It must be more of those peasants revolting. The DPI official keeps citing what "students" are telling her that they don't know enough about. I'd like to see that survey. I bet I could come up with a huge list of what students claim they don't know enough about.

Eric Holder doesn't have time to answer questions that Republicans have sent him about his policies on fighting terrorism, but he does have time to sit down for an admiring profile in the New Yorker magazine. He's impressed with how tough he is.

Clarence Thomas says that he doesn't attend the president's State of the Union address because it has gotten to be unpleasantly partisan and doesn't like the Supreme Court becoming a part of that. That was quite descriptive of this year's address.

Democrats are now reassessing their "Big Bang" approach to government. It's now too late for them to transform their image and they're beginning to understand the cliff that Obama, Pelosi, and Reid had them dive off.