Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cruising the Web

Steven Malanga makes the salient point that the SEIU's victories have come with back-room deals made with politicians rather than in the open getting actual people to vote to join the union. No surprise there - their strength is their ability to buy politicians who happily sign away the voters' money as repayment for the unions' electoral support.

These stories are getting to be no surprise at all: The California state pension fund is in even worse shape than previously thought.

If you're simply appalled at all the viciousness supposedly demonstrated by the tea party movement and other opponents of Obama's policies, watch this eye-opener video that John Hawkins has posted of actual phone calls to Dick Armey's Freedom Works organization accompanied by the sorts of signs of ugliness and violence being carried in rallies against President Bush or Sarah Palin or whichever conservative currently being demonized. Language warning. Hmmm... is there anything comparable being shown of signs carried at a tea party protest? I don't think so. Anyone surprised?

Even NPR can't find any evidence that Dodd's bill would end "too big to fail" policies. No surprise that Dodd's bill doesn't address what really needs to be addressed in a financial regulatory bill.

And here's something else that won't surprise you. Dodd's bill includes a measure that will help the public employees' unions.

Senator Reid's hometown newspaper
makes the by-now unsurprising allegation that the health care bill that Reid is telling audiences is the "most important thing" that the Senate has done for the world is just snake oil.

Surprise, surprise: The guy who billed himself as a post-partisan president is getting a mite bit personal in his political jabs at his opponents.

Perhaps this will surprise you: Almost one in three city employees in San Francisco earn over $100,000. And the mayor earns more than the Chief Justice of the United States.

No one is really surprised anymore by Senator Ben Nelson's ability to leverage his vote on a bill to getting special deals for his state. You might have heard that he joined the Republicans last night in voting against cloture on Dodd's financial regulation bill. Well, it turns out that his objection was that the Democrats took out a special provision that he wanted to protect Nebraska's Berkshire Hathaway.