Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cruising the Web

Democrats have closer ties to Wall Street than they'd like to let on. They want to bash it in the morning and then raise money from it in the evening. And then the next day, they want to say it is the Republicans who are so closely aligned with Wall Street interests.

Even in Kuwait, for which Americans fought to save, they're celebrating Islamic martyrs. Yet the Obama administration don't want to acknowledge that the enemy we're fighting is indeed Islamic radicalism.

The Democrats on the Hill have dropped their push
to give D.C. a voting member of the House of Representatives because they can't buy the provision that would end the District's strict gun control laws. Passing an unconstitutional law was fine with them. Looser gun purchasing laws was not. And I have a perfect example for my students of what a "poison pill amendment" is.

Another topic in the curriculum for A.P. Government is regulation creep and the growth of bureaucracies once they're put in place. Here is a perfect example. The FDA, which was created to guarantee the safety of food and drugs sold in the country, now is taking on a new task - lowering the salt content of prepared foods. Mary Katherine Ham notes how the FDA has gone beyond its original task of insisting on "transparent nutrition labeling, which allowed consumers to make decisions about their consumption. Now, the government will simply cut out the bothersome middle man— personal freedom— and replace it with federal palate regulators."

Just in case you were wondering about Ross Perot's views on the tea party movement, he spoke a bit about them yesterday.

If you're a Republican, this will get you snarling. The RNC spent $340,000 to fly out to Hawaii for their semi-annual gathering this year. And that doesn't include the airfare for RNC employees who flew out there. What a terrible message to send about the Republicans' ability to manage money.

As Charlie Crist mulls the option
of running as an independent in the Florida Senate race, he should take into account that the money he's gained in his primary fight will dry up once he leaves the Republican Party. While a recent poll showed him winning a three-way race, I'd predict that those numbers would decline if he actually declared and started being on the receiving end of criticism from both sides and met with ads contrasting his strong statement a few weeks ago that he was running as a Republican and not an independent. I think that the one Crist adviser who said that the day Crist declared as an independent would be his best day was exactly right. Not only would he lose this year, all his political hopes for his future would be over. They might be over now, but if he dropped out and played the good soldier campaigning for Rubio, he might have a future against Bill Nelson in 2012.

Jed Babbin explains why the Gates memo on Iran was leaked.


mark said...

Not to forget the $700,000 the rnc has spent on "office supplies" through Feb.
Once again, repubs claim to be the party of financial responsiblity which can make the tough decisions. Yet somehow, Michael Steele manages to keep his job. Can't imagine why. How many more embarassments before they do they fire this idiot.
I can't imagine why anyone who doesn't have money to burn would donate to either party. 2/3 of the money is spent to pamper big donors and stroke their over-sized egos.

Pat Patterson said...

And yet Michael Steele is still in office probably because the expenses of the RNC and the DNC match each other in stupidity. But what is really happening is that except for the DNC having a good month fund raising in March they are still slightly behind the totals of the RNC for the 1st Quarter. The DNC raised $13 million but have over $2 million in debt while the RNC raised $11.4 million with no debt as reported to the FCE for March.

mark said...

Quite the non-sensical reply, Pat. We all know Steele is an embarrassment and should be canned. And you know why he still has his job.
You've become quite the republican apologist of late. A few weeks ago you defended Ensign's affair as simply "tawdry" but not illegal, and Diaper Dave's exploits as illegal, but not a felony. High standards you've set.
Perhaps you'll now defend the republican health-care plan of bartering chickens for MRIs.

Pat Patterson said...

If "...We all know," then why is Steele still in office. Maybe you should look to Howard Dean and Charles Schumer as examples of people who might appear inept or controversial but still manage to bring in lots of money, still more than the Democrats did, last quarter. And for finding some very good candidates to run against a herd of Democrats with happy feet.