Monday, February 22, 2010

Cruising the Web

Why did NBC relegate the exciting USA-Canada game to MSNBC while the main channel showed ice dancing and tape-delayed skiing? What type of decision-making was that?

Joe Sestak is saying that the White House offered him an administration job if he'd drop out of the primary against Arlen Specter. If that is indeed true, it's a federal crime. Literally.

The next economic bubble is carbon trading.
And here’s the great thing about it. Unlike traditional commodities markets, which will eventually involve delivery to someone in physical form, the carbon market is based on lack of delivery of an invisible substance to no-one. Since the market revolves around creating carbon credits, or finding carbon reduction projects whose benefits can then be sold to those with a surplus of emissions, it is entirely intangible.

The states are trying to legislate
their own barrier against Obamacare.

Andrew Coulson shows
how the District of Columbia spent a whopping $28,000 per pupil in the 2008-09 school year. If you take out special education students, they spent an average of $23,000 per pupil. As John Stossel points out,
Oh, and the $7,500 for voucher schools? Turns out that the average voucher school only charges $6,620 (many are catholic schools.) So they cost a quarter of what public schools do, but still they do better!
Yup. And that's the program that the Democrats are ending. Great thinking there.

Another global warming claim that has had to be retracted because of problems with the data.

David Rivkin and Lee Casey explain
again for those who didn't get civics in school that our founding fathers deliberately created a government that would find it very difficult to pass legislation unless there was a general consensus supporting it.

Susan Estrich explains
what went wrong with Obama's agenda.
It's not a communications problem. What's gone wrong is that people see the country swimming in debt, see the jobs recovery lagging, see friends and neighbors who are not even hanging on, and they just don't know how this administration is planning to pay for a massive health care reform effort.
When Estrich understands that undertaking a humongous new program when the country is being buried by debt, you'd think that other Democrats might also be getting that message. And yet the party leaders are quite happy to try to ram through their unpopular program through reconciliation.

Here is a set of very depressing statistics from the New York Times about how many people are among the discouraged unemployed. Just ponder this chart.