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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?


John A said...

Early on, the Census had to account for slaves: not citizens, they were [partial] persons in residence. That some recently African-beckground people were not slaves, well, tough.

But that fig-leaf disappeared circa 1865. After that, the question should have been "are you a citizen, yes or no?" Anything else might have been kept in a "the following are optional and need not be answered" section - except there is no such section.

Habits are hard to break.

I am not aware if anyone has ever been prosecuted for not fully answering the snall number of questionnaires that ask how many bathrooms are in your dwelling, but if you got that form it imlicitly is mandatory to answer. And yes, the info is useful - but should it potentially carry jail time or fines?

Tacitus Voltaire said...

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

gee, Betsy - you and sarah palin had better be careful when you tell people in your own party that they are "mouth breathing extremists who believe all sorts of malarkey" when they assert, as the poll claims to find, that conservatives believe obama is a socialist and does things that hitler does. palin was on teevee with o'reilley making fun of people who think that obama is a muslim born in kenya

this is the process of the conservative movement tearing itself apart. here are the results of the poll that you are condemning as "malarkey":

67 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Americans overall) believe that Obama is a socialist.

57 percent of Republicans (32 percent overall) believe that Obama is a Muslim

45 percent of Republicans (25 percent overall) agree with the Birthers in their belief that Obama was "not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president"

38 percent of Republicans (20 percent overall) say that Obama is "doing many of the things that Hitler did"

Scariest of all, 24 percent of Republicans (14 percent overall) say that Obama "may be the Antichrist."

so, Betsy - are you saying that people who believe that obama is a socialist or is doing many things that hitler did are, as you put it, "mouth breathing extremists"? or does that only go for all those people at tea party rallies who believe that obama is a socialist muslim born in kenya who is doing many things that hitler did?

you didn't specify

Pat Patterson said...

That Harris Poll is actually quite funny, TV didn't even bother to check its bona fides, because it's from the Harris Online Polling. To vote here is to participate and be eligible for points that in turn can be used for various gifts. But only after you register and agree to spend a certain amount of money on the sponsors. Yep, that's a poll to end all polls since the more reputable polls show maybe a change of 1%, still within the margin of error, between before and after the vote. Plus as usual TV posted a broken link.