Friday, April 02, 2010

Cruising the Web

Walter Russell Mead examines how the Obama administration is pushing away and offending our traditional allies while playing nice for our adversaries. It's a plan, but it isn't working all that well for us. Maybe there is a reason that we usually try to reverse those approaches in foreign policy. But Barack knows better.

Charles Krauthammer writes today
on the same theme, especially on how Obama has treated Britain since he became president. He's at a loss for a rationale.
How can you explain a policy toward Britain that makes no strategic or moral sense? And even if you can, how do you explain the gratuitous slaps to the Czechs, Poles, Indians and others? Perhaps when an Obama Doctrine is finally worked out, we shall learn whether it was pique, principle or mere carelessness.
Perhaps, Obama is just taking to extreme his desire to take the not-Bush approach to foreign policy. That's not enough.

John Lott looks
at the tradeoffs of severely restrictive handgun registration rules. Think of what the police could be doing instead of spending hours registering handguns.

David Pietrusza, who has written two very enjoyable books on the elections of 1920 and 1960, outlines the parallels between Obama and Woodrow Wilson. While no historical parallel is perfect, they do abound between Obama and Wilson. Having written my honors thesis on Wilson and the Polish question at the Paris Peace Conference, Wilson has long been one of my least favorite presidents. His sanctimonious sense of his own superiority shines through in all his personal records. Yup, I can see the parallels.

Veronique de Rugy runs the numbers. Guess who benefited the most from the stimulus? Teachers.

Michelle Obama delivers a science lesson to the kids brought in for her photo-op work in the White House garden. "The first lady of the United States, dirt on her knees, then taught the children how to do 'the rhubarb dance,' which consisted of wiggling fingers and casting a voodoo-like spell on the herb and chanting, 'Grow, rhubarb, grow.' She then marched them rhythmically around the plot. 'You gotta shake it!' she instructed."

Ed Morrissey links
to this story at the Daily Caller by Jon Ward about how Henry Waxman inserted a provision into the health care bill that will leave states open to lawsuits from Medicaid patients if they can't get service from doctors. Just as doctors are refusing to take Medicaid patients because of the lower reimbursement rates that states provide them. If patients can't get service and are able to sue their states successfully, our broke states will be on the hock for even more money as they have to raise their reimbursement rates for Medicaid patients.

One CBS reporter, Mark Knoller, works hard to keep the stat sheet on presidential data.

David Harsanyi has a suggestion
before CEOs have to obey Henry Waxman's demand that they provide his House committee with their email messages about health care reform.
Would it not be helpful for Congress to first provide taxpayers with any documents — including e-mail messages, sent to or prepared or reviewed by elected officials — regarding this historic health care reform bill?

Maybe if Congress applied a fraction of the transparency it demands from corporate America to its own dealings, it wouldn't have to rely on pompous bullies like Waxman to stifle free speech.
Apparently, taking different approaches to policy than Henry Waxman and Barack Obama now has to be justified under oath before the Congress.