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.