Monday, April 12, 2010

Cruising the Web

Jonah Goldberg makes the salient point that, if we continue on the path Obama has set us on to be more like Europe, Europe is going to start missing us. Not only for its defense, but also for the technological and medical innovation that the U.S. has been the main source of for the past 40 or 50 years.

The Obama administration might want to do away with unpaid internships, but they certainly liked having such seemingly exploited workers on his own campaign and still today in his group, Organizing for America.

Reason Magazine has a good article
about what is wrong with schools in Washington, D.C. and the battles that Michelle Rhee has been having with the teachers unions in trying to institute any reform.

Jeff Jacoby digs into the poll numbers
to see that support for Israel widely differs according to party. That explains why recent polls show that Jewish support for Obama has not fallen despite the administration's attitude towards Israel. The great majority of Jews being Democrats, their party ideology trumps any support they might feel for Israel.

Rick Moran celebrates the new found interest that tea party members have in the Constitution. And they're coming back to one of the motivating ideas behind the creation of our republic - the importance of having a government with limited powers. This is the natural response to the way the pendulum has been swinging all the way to the left in terms of expansion of federal government power.

David Paul Kuhn explains
why Governor McDonnell's Confederate History gaffe was so critical.

Paul Starobin explores the liberal stereotypes that tends to portray Republican leaders as dolts being managed by some evil Svengali. It's a model that has been pulled out for Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and now for Sarah Palin.

John C. Goodman looks
at how Obama's rhetoric in support of his health care policy has changed in response to polls. Now he stresses how his plan will supposedly bring down costs rather than that it will cover everyone.

George Will writes
this week about the terrible crisis we're facing with the promises we've made for pensions and for Social Security. Our goal should be to elect only those politicians who will honestly confront this looming crisis.

WSJ reminds us of the lessons
we should take away from Greece's financial catastrophe.

And as long as we're looking at models of financial disaster, take a look at Massachusetts health care problems. It is what lies ahead for the entire country.

In one more example of how government is not run as businesses need to be run, states and school districts are seeing student numbers decline while teacher hiring is increasing.

Mona Charen looks
at the Obama administration's chosen euphemisms.

Maureen Dowd's latest inanity to write how the Catholic Church's treatment of women is somehow just like the way women are treated in Saudi Arabia. I guess I've missed out on those Catholic women being stoned to death for the crime of being a rape victim or girls being pushed back into their school when a fire broke out and they ran to escape the building before putting on their burqas. With her silly columns and Thomas Friedman's columns extolling the lack of democracy in China, the New York Times editorial page has become an interesting place.

John Feinstein writes an apology for saying that Coach K couldn't do a good job at both his day job at Duke and coaching the Olympic team.

That Nike Tiger ad using his father's voice was seriously creepy. I'm not sure what they were aiming for with that. I prefer this Nike ad.

2 comments:

Stan said...

I agree that the Confederate history gaffe will hurt the governor. In an era when black politicians and the liberal media are outraged by spitting that didn't happen and racial insults that were never made, of course any Republican who is accused of being insensitive has a problem. The accusation alone can wreck a career. The problem becomes especially acute when Republican supporters flee from the scene in terror out of fear that someone might point the PC finger at them and slander them as racist.

This expectation that Virginia must be held to a standard of self-loathing that no one else meets in celebrations of their history is ridiculous. Of course, ridiculous claims are routine in today's PC culture (see e.g. the stink made in DC over the word niggardly or claims that any criticism of Michael Steele or Obama is racist.)

I have yet to read an intelligent commentary about this confederate history issue. I doubt I will.

whoamellie said...

Betsy - I look forward to your thoughts on the recent arrests of members of a militia in Detroit. The concept of a "well-regulated" militia appears to give prosecutors ground to charge members (sans crime committed), but I am curious how this plays into the 2nd amendment and the current standing of the Patriot Act.