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Monday, December 27, 2010

Cruising the Web

Randy Barnett and David G. Oedel, a deputy special attorney general of Georgia put forth another constitutional argument against ObamaCare - that it violates the General Welfare Clause.

The story of kudzu and the big government moral therein.

Here is the cool story of a message to the Confederate commander at Vicksburg, John C. Pemberton, which was just decoded this year. The message informed him that there would be no help coming to him from west of the Mississippi. Since the message arrived the day he surrendered, he had probably figured that out by then. And he wasn't getting any help from Joseph Johnston who was on his side of the river either.

Nate Silver examines the possibility
of more Hispanic-majority gerrymandered districts and explains why such districts are not necessarily good news for the Democrats. If they don't believe him, they can examine the history of the increased African-American-majority districts that were gerrymandered after the 1990 census and how that ended up actually helping the GOP since it diluted their districts of Democratic votes. Oh for the day when we did not gerrymander by race.

In case you believe in the idea of there being a Social Security trust fund, don't. The money is being paid out as fast as it comes in. Instead all that remains are big IOUs from the U.S. Treasury.

Mitch Berg pays tribute to Governor Pawlenty who did a lot with the little that he had in way of support in Minnesota.

Frank Rich is two columnists in one when it comes to yearning for the 1950s. If he's so worried about the lack of innovative and entrepreneurship today, he could look to the policies that he supports and learn how they stifle the very qualities that he is wishing we had more of.

Timothy Carney explains how
this past Congress catered to corporations.

UPDATE: I "hid" the comments thread for this post because, apparently, someone went into someone's personal Google account through this post and changed that person's alias into his real name. I think that is an uncalled for violation of someone's online privacy.