Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Cruising the Web

Cheers to the D.C. Court of Appeals that yesterday ruled that the FCC didn't have the authority to regulate the internet. It seems that we still have a rule of laws and bureaucratic agencies can't just assume powers over the economy even though they were never statutorily given such powers.

Ireland has figured out how to cut salaries of public employees. This is what governments should do in times of financial trouble. States and the federal government should follow Ireland's example.

Even the Washington Post is shocked
at the indifference of the Obama administration at the huge sale of arms from Russia to Venezuela. Aren't the Obamanians and those at the State Department aware of how Chavez supports terrorists such as FARC and Basque separatist groups? All they have to do is read the newspaper. Yet they seem blithe about such developments.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann refute Stanley Greenberg and James Carville's assertion that the GOP has peaked too soon for this year's election.

Why is the Department of Labor thinking of banning unpaid internships? Do they want to make it even harder for young people to gain experience to make themselves appealing for new employers?

Michelle Rhee has reached an interesting deal with the District of Columbia's teachers union. It's an intriguing combination of bonuses for teachers that will be funded by private organizations including the foundation set up by the Walton family. The Walton Foundation normally subsidizes charter schools and other choice reforms in education. In return, principals will have more discretion in deciding which teachers to retain if a school is either shut down or has declining enrollment. Seniority will receive the lowest priority and a teacher's most recent evaluation will receive the most priority. That only makes sense, but it all depends on the honesty of teacher evaluations. Some principals do not devote much effort into those. Now that those evaluations will be key in the age of D.C. school's decline in public school numbers, perhaps they'll wake up those senior, but mediocre teachers with honest evaluations.