Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cruising the Web

Michael Barone writes that America doesn't seem to be able to do large building projects like they used to. As a comparison he notes that it took only 18 months to build the Pentagon. The ground breaking was on September 11, 1941 and 15 months later Gen. George Marshall and Secretary of War Henry Stimson moved in. And that time period overlaps the big build up for World War II. Wow. We can't even get all the money from the stimulus package out the door in 18 months.

John Fund challenges those who say that Obama is taking a principled stand on the mosque near Ground Zero pointing out that that Obama White House has actually taken three distinct positions on the mosque. Jonah Goldberg marvels that Michael Bloomberg didn't do more to head off this whole controversy.

The WSJ looks in more detail into the FDA U-Turn on Avastin.

Thomas Sowell looks at the "change" that the Obama administration has brought to American foreign policy. We didn't know what Obama meant by "change" when he campaigned. Now that we've found out, it's not such an impressive slogan.

W. James Antle revisits
how and why labor, particularly the SEIU and AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), hope to gain from the Obama agenda.

Ed Morrissey reminds us that Barack Obama has always had a problem with message incoherence, with his on one hand, on the other hand approach.

Keith Hennessey has a great summary
of President Obama's record on the economy. It's an amazing record. And that's not amazing in a good sense.

Write it down. Obama is now on the record promising 800,000 new jobs in clean energy by 2012. We'll see if that promise is carried out just as their optimistic predictions on the original stimulus were.