Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cruising the Web

The cost of Obamacare is going to balloon. It will follow the pattern set by Massachusetts' health care plan. And when that happens, we'll see another major debate about how to address those new health care costs.

Bret Stephens casts some cold water on western celebrations of the success of the Stuxnet worm. And he tells the story of the Farewell Dossier, a Cold War move against the Soviet Union to turn their own espionage into a weapon in our hands by handing over to them misleading information and flawed computer chips that would damage their technology.

Byron York reports on the Tucson shooter's viewing habits. He was obsessed with a conspiracy-based movie, "Zeitgeist," that combined an anti-Christian message with conspiracy theories of 9/11. Yeah, that sounds like someone being inspired by Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

Scott Johnson
reminds us of Abraham Lincoln's Cooper Union speech and his denunciation of Democratic allegations tying Republicans to John Brown.
You charge that we stir up insurrections among your slaves. We deny it; and what is your proof? Harper's Ferry! John Brown!! John Brown was no Republican; and you have failed to implicate a single Republican in his Harper's Ferry enterprise. If any member of our party is guilty in that matter, you know it or you do not know it. If you do know it, you are inexcusable for not designating the man and proving the fact. If you do not know it, you are inexcusable for asserting it. . .
Glenn Reynolds draws the parallel to his own essay on the liberal attempts to connect the Tucson shooting to objectionable rhetoric.

No surprise: The NYT likes Illinois's decision to raise their tax rates. They make the same mistake of the Illinois legislature to count the money gained from some tax increases as if no one makes adjustments in the face of such tax increases. As James Pethokoukis writes, we're going to see a real-world comparison of state policies as the states surrounding Illinois tout their lower tax rates and better economy overall to entice businesses away from Illinois. Even if businesses don't move out of Illinois, they won't be moving in.

The Atlantic profiles
Governor Nikki Haley and how she's breaking down the good-ol'-boy culture of South Carolina. No wonder some of those old-time Republicans actually supported her Democratic opponent. They don't want any changes to their control of the state. They gambled and they lost. The changes will come.

I wonder whom he could have been thinking of? Chris Cristie says that he's not "arrogant enough to believe that after one year as governor ... that [he is] ready to be president of the United States. Is that a jab at both Sarah Palin and Barack Obama?

One piece of good news and two pieces of bad news: Iran says it may not stone a woman to death for adultery. Yet they're going forward with the stoning sentence for two gay men. I thought that Ahmadinejad said that there were no gays in Iran.

Mike Green notes
that, when Obama hosts Hu Jintao, "our first summit (indeed, our first state visit) between a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and a world leader who is imprisoning another Nobel Peace Prize laureate."

Joshua Green at The Atlantic
argues that Herman Cain's candidacy for the Republican nomination should not be laughed at. And he posts this video of Cain challenging Bill Clinton at a televised town hall about the Clinton health care plan. As Green points out, Cain was battling a Democratic health care plan 17 years ago. And winning. Imagine him challenging Mitt Romney on the Massachusetts' plan that Romney championed.