Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cruising the Web

So why do people hate Duke? Newsweek offers up a plethora of explanations.

Jacob Sollum explains the difference between previous rulings of the Supreme Court expanding the Commerce Clause to cover the purchase or production of a fungible product such as wheat or medical marijuana and the health care insurance mandate which requires people to buy something instead of regulating their production of some product. Even Charles Lane of the Washington Post thinks that opponents have a plausible constitutional argument.

Democratic senators like Blanche Lincoln and Ben Nelson, feeling the heat for their vote on the Senate health care bill are now trying to fool their constituents on where they stand by voting against the reconciliation package. As if people are too stupid to understand that meaningless votes should trump the vote that really mattered.

If you believed all the sweet words from the Democrats about how only good things will come from their health care proposals, think again. This bill has provisions that will stunt job growth.
According to Heritage, under the reconciliation bill, if Company A lays off an employee with a working spouse, this could generate a $3,000 tax penalty for the other spouse's employer, unless Company B also lays off the other spouse.

We're not making this up. This byzantine legislation is a job-killer that will destroy small business, the major creator of new jobs. Some 77,000 businesses in the U.S. have 50 to 200 workers that could face the $2,000-per-employee tax penalty. An additional 116,000 businesses have 35 to 49 workers.

This nonsense will stunt economic growth and worsen the economic downturn by actually providing financial incentives to not hire people. It's not worth the trouble. Businesses that might have expanded will stop at 49 employees. Those already considered a "large" business will face a minefield of taxes and penalties due in some cases to events beyond their control.
Of course, you need to understand unintended consequences and the Democrats are betting that people won't see the link between cause and effect.

Jay Ambrose details the lies on which ObamaCare was sold.

It's no surprise that that poll
you might have heard about that showed that Republicans are mouth-breathing extremists who believe all sorts of malarkey about President Obama was not just commissioned by an author trying to market his book but also had all sorts of anomalies in it which violate standard, acceptable practice for polling.

How skewed is Obama's policy towards Israel? Consider this lede from the Washington Post about Obama's cloaked meeting with Netanyahu.
U.S. and Israeli officials struggled Wednesday to resolve a sharp dispute over U.S. demands that Israel make goodwill gestures to lure Palestinian officials back to the negotiating table.
Why should Israel being the one to make the "goodwill gesture?" And why is the President so firm in not allowing photographers to snap the traditional picture of the national leaders meeting together or the usual joint press conference?

Social Security starts this year
paying out more than it's taking in. Just mentioning it.

Jeff Jacoby is exactly right. As Thurgood Marshall once argued, we should stop counting people by race in the Census. If we don't count people by religion or political affiliation, why count them by race.

Tom Coburn is going to pull a Bunning
and force the Democrats to figure out how they're going to pay for extending unemployment benefits. Weren't the Democrats the champions of Pay-Go provisions?