Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cruising the Web

Fouad Ajami writes that Obama's "age of charisma" is drawing to a close. It's just not the way our country has worked in the past. If Obama accepts this, perhaps he can recover some of his ability to lead the country.

As Germans examine more of the Nazi records
they find that, surprise, surprise, the Nazis had a very modernized and centralized state whose civil servants were quite active in the efforts to annihilate the Jews.

Tony Blankley argues
that claims of Obama's comeback are greatly exaggerated. Since talk of a comeback revolves around perceptions, the media will continue to view Obama as having staged a comeback since that is what they wish has happened. It doesn't matter what the reality is. It's all about perception.

Chile followed Milton Friedman's advice and privatized their social security plan nearly 30 years ago and it's been a tremendous success surpassing predictions.

Jack Shafer offers a contrafactual of what would have happened if the FCC had regulated the internet back in the early nineties. It's not a happy story.

Is Mike Pence the conservative hope for the 2012 nomination? Perhaps, but I'd bet that he goes for governor of Indiana rather than the presidential nomination. It's what a guy who prefers free throws rather than half-court shots would do.

Robert Samuelson recognizes the reality that cuts will have to be made in Medicare and Social Security benefits and it's time for the baby boomers to feel the knife.

Byron York is thankful
for one promise that Obama hasn't kept - to close Gitmo.

New York Magazine offers up a catalogue of subjects, along with a scale of eye moistness, that prompt John Boehner to cry in public. Their purpose is, of course, to ridicule the guy. While I would like to defend him and wish him well in his leadership of the House, there is something weird about his propensity to tear up. But then who am I to judge? I've been known to tear up at schmaltzy commercials. There was one about the soldier who comes home to surprise his mom in the kitchen that got me every time.

Here's a list of the top twelve nonfiction books about the Civil War. There's plenty to debate among Civil War buffs as well as some book recommendations for all of us. [Sorry, I forgot the link originally.]