Thursday, January 06, 2011

Cruising the Web

If you need a smile today, watch this video of a two-year old reciting what she knows about presidential history.

David Brooks notes that the Democrats have been an epic failure at persuading the American people that a large, intrusive government can act nimbly to solve the nation's problems.

Unintended consequences rise up again. Megan McArdle points to new regulations for credit cards that would make it harder for stay-at-home wives or spouses earning substantially less than their spouses to get credit cards.

This is scary - a hacker was able to access federal and state computers by using malwear disguised as a Christmas greeting from the President.

Lucianne links to this story about the fraud perpetrated by the author of an influential story tying vaccines to autism. The result has been that thousands of parents have refused to have their children innoculated thus exposing them to mumps, measles, and rubella. Such deception is criminal.

Byron York contrasts the speech that John Boehner made in 2006 to introduce Pelosi as the new Speaker and the speech that Pelosi made yesterday to introduce Boehner as the new Speaker. Quite a contrast in style: humble graciousness with self-praising puffery.

Daniel Henninger pushes to bring back the president's power to impound funds and not spend as much as the Congress wants.

People don't seem to like the description "progressive" any more than they like being called a "liberal."'

Harry Reid says
that the American people "love government." It's just the politics we don't like. Uh, no. Democrats love government. The rest of us are a lot more skeptical. That explains why Steny Hoyer thinks that the complaints coming from the tea partiers are motivated by their having unhappy families. And Howard Dean thinks that the tea partiers are just aging folks who don't like seeing a new generation composed of people of "different races, different religions, and different sexual orientations" dating each other. Of course, Dean ignores the real statistics about the tea party movement that show a similar racial make up to the rest of the U.S. population.