Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Cruising the Web

Debra Saunders explains how "hollow and vapid" Elena Kagan's Harvard policy was. Her real problem, as for all people who oppose "Don't ask, don't tell" was with the politicians who passed and with Clinton who signed the policy. She just couldn't say that because Clinton was her guy. So she took it out on the military that she pretends now to so respect.

Amazingly, according to USA Today, the tea parties have close to the same ethnic breakdown as the United States does. They are the groups that look like America, who would have thought that if you listened to the media?

Do the Democrats really think that they're going to fool anyone with their "deem and pass" maneuver for the budget. Don't they realize that all these tricks will come back to haunt them when the GOP gets in control and mimics them. That's what happens with each new escalation of partisan parliamentary games. And the real losers will be the American financial picture.

Ed Morrissey casts an approving eye on the new structure that the RNC is proposing for the 2012 primaries. In search of a way to create incentives for states not to bunch up their contests in the early months, they're proposing that statest aht hold their primaries before April will have to award their delegates on a proportional basis. Before, most states awarded them on a winner-take-all basis which was what allowed John McCain to wrap up the nomination relatively quickly. Candidates would be more liable to stay in at least through the April contests because the payoff would be so much bigger. The proportional structure was what kept Obama and Clinton going at it for so long in 2008. But Republicans wouldn't have that problem because the winner-take-all structure would kick in after the March primaries and a leader could solidify a victory very quickly at that point. And voters would have a bit more time to gauge how they feel about the candidates out there. As Morrissey says, this solution is worth at least a try for one election cycle.

Here's an easy $20 million cut. Stop putting up roadside signs touting that any construction had been done with stimulus funds.

Controlling for education, race, gender, and all the other standard features, federal workers earn about 12% more than private employees. As Andrew G. Biggs and Jason Richwine report, "private employees must work 13½ months to earn what comparable federal workers make in 12." Does that seem right to you?

If Obama can win a Nobel Peace Prize for not doing anything, then surely he should be rated as one of our greatest presidents. After all the sort of grading on a curve that lefty academics do for Democratic presidents would take into account their aspirations for Obama's presidency instead of the reality. And that is just what they've done - in a new poll that places Obama as our fifteenth greatest president, three spots ahead of Ronald Reagan, who actually, you know, accomplished some things in his presidency.

Kathryn Jean Lopez rejects the sorts of feminist bean-counting that supposes that women care more about having a female elected to high office or appointed to the Supreme Court than what that female actually stands for.

William McGurn reports
some good news: Wal-Mart has won a victory for itself and the people of Chicago that allows them to build Wal-Marts within the city. People can buy cheaper products and there will be more jobs for the people there. THe labor unions that had blocked such expansion for years had to bow before terrible economic times and the need of people for jobs and cheaper prices. It is especially a victory for common sense.

William Jacobson reports that the Harry Reid campaign has set up a phishing website. Cute, eh?

Bret Stephens explains
what BP has been up to with Libya and what that had to do with the lying diagnosis to free the Lockerbie bomber under the pretense that he only had a few months to live instead of the 10 years that the same doctor now admits might be his real prognosis.

This is interesting news: administrative judges in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled that Obama didn't have the power to unilaterally shut down Yucca Mountain. Since Congress created it, they have to be the ones to shut it down. If the ruling holds up, perhaps we could be back on the side of science instead of crass do-anything-to-help-Harry-Reid-style politics with regard to how to best dispose of our nation's nuclear waste.

John Steele Gordon had a very good essay on the whole concept of American exceptionalism and why it's important.