Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Cruising the Web

James Taranto notes the different treatments by Associated Press of the violent riot in Santa Cruz by marchers in a pro-immigrants march and the way that AP treated protesters of ObamaCare. There is quite a difference in assumptions and tone.

Professor John B. Taylor of Stanford suggests
that we should scrap Dodd's financial reform bill and instead adopt a new bankruptcy process for failed financial institutions. It makes sense. Let's avoid any chance that the federal government will be on the hook for more bailouts.

Thomas Sowell puts forth his theories to explain the black on Asian violence in San Francisco.

A new study says that Congress passes too many vague laws. Ya think? They're writing laws in terrible rushes and then having to find suitable language to get enough votes. They don't seem to care about possible errors or vague language. They'd just prefer to leave it to bureaucrats to muddle through to figuring out how to enforce it. It's a safe prediction that we're going to be finding out about dozens more of such "vague" or ill-written provisions in the health care bill.

The Associated Press casts doubt on the Obama administration's claims that they have been fully engaged from "Day One" to the BP oil rig explosion. But not to worry: Janet Napolitano is in charge of this emergency also. That should allay all anxiety.

Ah, another piece of evidence that the federal government hasn't been as on top of the BP oil spill as they'd like to pretend. Why, despite a federal plan calling for them, are fire booms still not in place in the Gulf?


2421Rich said...

I heard all the cover-up statements made that the Feds were on this spill "from day one". However, in her haste to imply they were responding to this spill without any delays, Janet Nepolitano said response teams were "pre-deployed" and "pre-positioned". Pre means before! Does she really mean to say they were responding even before the accident in the Gulf occured? If that's the case, we need to be invvestigating Homeland Security! Just another example that Napolitano is way out of her depth.

tfhr said...

Not surprisingly, the Sowell column is excellent.

Three key quotes:

"Many of our educators, our intelligentsia and our media — not to mention our politicians— promote an attitude that other people's achievements are grievances, rather than examples."

and regarding violent attacks:

"These are poisonous and self-destructive consequences of a steady drumbeat of ideological hype about differences that are translated into 'disparities' and 'inequities,' provoking envy and resentments under their more prettied-up name of 'social justice'."

Make Sowell's thought more than a theory but a painfully accurate observation of where we are today:

"People who call differences 'inequities' and achievements 'privilege' leave social havoc in their wake, while feeling noble about siding with the less fortunate. It would never occur to them that they have any responsibility for the harm done to both blacks and Asian Americans".

ic said...

Congress passes too many vague laws... to bailout otherwise unemployable lawyers, guarantee a steady stream of high valued donors for re-elections, employers/partners post-election.

equitus said...

Ooh, good points, ic. Not to mention funding more bureaucrats and public services unions.

LarryD said...

I remember when the courts would strike down a law for being unconstitutionally vague. I guess that was just a cover for "progressive" judges to strike down a law they didn't like.