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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cruising the Web

Michael Barone sees the debates we're having today echoing historic debates between the Progressives who think that ordinary people are helpless in the face of industrial forces and so need a bigger and stronger government to protect them and the Founders who stressed individual liberty.

The Los Angeles Times profiles John Yoo
in his role as a law professor at Berkley. Despite protests, Yoo enjoys his life there at the school. Interesting tidbit - his father-in-law is former CNN reporter, Peter Arnett. Thanksgiving must be interesting in their house.

No surprise - the DNC wastes a lot of money at luxury hotels just like the RNC. Both committees should rethink how they're spending money while they're asking donor to give that extra $25 or $2000.

Jonah Goldberg writes that
the Democrats are embracing fear and guilt by association as a campaigning tool. Ya think?

All you young people who were so happy to vote for hope and change, guess what - that change is going to come out of your pocket with the new health care plan. The average young worker will pay 17% more in health insurance costs in order to help pay for the health care for older folks.

Mark Steyn waxes pessimistic
about our future. "The future lies somewhere between the certainty of decline and the probability of catastrophe." Sadly, if you've been paying attention to what's happening and aren't wearing very rose-colored glasses, it's hard to argue.

Jonathan Turley argues, and argues cogently, that, if the individual mandate survives its constitutional challenges, we will effectively no longer have a federalist system. There will be no limits left on the power of the federal government and the system established by the Founding Fathers of a government of limited powers will have evaporated before our very eyes.

David Harsanyi thinks that Mitt Romney cannot be the nominee of the Republican Party. His introduction and support for RomneyCare in Massachusetts has shown him to be wrong on the major issue of politics today. Sadly, because I rather liked Romney in some other contexts, I agree.

How stupid is Henry Waxman? A worthy question. As Rich Lowry and John Fund explain, Waxman can't bear the thought of reality intruding into the nice little fantasy world he inhabits where the government passes law and all goes according to his plan. Any bit of real-world economic effects taking place must be the result of nefarious plans rather than companies simply following the laws that Congress has passed for them to follow. The man is an idiot when it comes to economics, but unfortunately, he's the Democrats' choice to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Sadly, Jaime Escalante has died. He was the inspirational teacher who, despite his fellow teachers' resentment and skepticism, believed that inner city students could succeed in learning calculus. He believed in setting high standards and helping students to meet those standards. He summed up his philosophy: “Determination. Plus discipline. Plus hard work. That is the path.” A motto we could all live by.


ic said...

The average young worker will pay 17% more...

Only if they have a job.

I remember watching a townhall before Bush senior's reelection. A sobbing young woman, in her late 20s complained that their mother could not afford to see a doctor. There were three of them, all college graduates, well-to-do children who were unwilling to take care of the poor old mother. She wanted universal care. Apparently, the deadbeats didn't realize they would have to pay much more to pay back the generous strangers.

Bachbone said...

Romney will never get the GOP nomination if he doesn't come up with an explanation for his Massachusetts fiasco, but I haven't yet heard him give one. In fact, I don't know how he could give an acceptable reason. Perhaps the best he could do would be to say he was wrong and screwed up, and that alone would also destroy his chances for the nomination.

Re: Health Care - Even the constitutional experts I've seen weighing in on the Obamacare suits say they don't really know what SCOTUS will do. It may come down to how vociferously the public continues to protest and whether the voters return Congress and the White House to the GOP.

Rhiner said...

"the Founders who stressed individual liberty."

Oh my goodness, what a silly recapitulation of right-wing orthodoxy that's circulated since Reagan shared billing with a chimpanzee. Honestly, in the hands of someone like Mrs. Newmark, the code words "individual liberty" are Orwellian doublespeak for corporatism and political fascism. Not that our beloved right-wingers have any problem with that.

Pat Patterson said...

That doggone "right wing orthodoxy..."
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,[1] promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America..."