Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cruising the Web

Jeffrey Lord looks at Newsweek and why it's failing. Calling Newsweek the "canary in the coal mine" of the media pushing a liberal agenda, his list of dopey stories makes one wonder how it lasted this long.

Allahpundit reams out Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner who bragged in an interview about raising Arizona's immigration law as an example of "a troubling trend in our society" and now his spin trying to pretend that he was just talking about how we openly debate such issues in America. Allahpundit is exactly right that our debate over this law has not been any model to emulate when we have government officials condemning a law that they hadn't even read. And then there is the inconvenient reality that the Justice Department has, since 2002, recognized the power of state police officers "to arrest undocumented immigrants for violating federal law." And the Obama administration hasn't withdrawn that ruling so any prospect of the Justice Department bring charges against the Arizona law are even more ludicrous.

Senators Kyl and McCain of Arizona demand a retraction
from Michael Posner for his implication that the Arizona law is an example of a "troubling trend in our society." They remind him that as the guy in the State Department in charge of "Democracy and Human Rights," he should be familiar with a report put out by his own bureau that detailed the atrocities perpetrated by China against "democracy activists, religious groups, journalists, and human rights advocates in China" who are "targeted for arbitrary arrest, detention, and harassment." Those are quotes from the State Department's own report on human rights in China. Yet our guy in charge of human rights thinks that an Arizona law enforcing federal law is worthy of bringing up repeatedly to establish some sort of moral equivalence with China.

Michelle Malkin anticipates a full "pander-fest" when Mexican President Calderon comes to Washington this week. He's been invited to speak to a joint session of Congress. So expect to hear his denunciations of Arizona as well as demands for more foreign aid. And don't forget how Mexico treats foreigners and those who come into their country without the proper documents.

George Will highlights a case that the Supreme Court will hear this week about a 9th Circuit ruling striking down an Arizona tax credit to people who give money to nonprofit organizations that fund scholarships for children to go to private schools, even religious schools. As Will points out, the Supreme Court has upheld government funding of voucher programs so giving out tax breaks is clearly acceptable. Plus people get tax breaks for donations to religious institutions all the time. Why should this be different?

Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota wants to enact a federal law regulating drivers' licenses for teenagers. Is nothing going to be left to the states? Is our system of federalism totally dead?

Eight former members of the Federal Election Commission explain
what is wrong with Chuck Schumer and Chris Van Hollen's proposed law to reverse the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling "is unnecessary, partially duplicative of existing law, and severely burdensome to the right to engage in political speech and advocacy." What is especially revealing about the proposal is that it seeks to put limits on corporate spending, but not union spending.