Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cruising the Web

Michael Barone explains once again for those who still don't get it why the stimulus money being sent to the states for so-called high-speed rail is a waste of money. It's not really high-speed. It doesn't take into account the differences between our geography and the systems in France and Japan that it is supposedly emulating, though without those countries' higher rates of speed. It doesn't save that much time and will be more inconvenient.

Herbert Pardes,
the president and CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital warns us of the coming doctor shortage. Right as Obamacare is going to increase the number of people seeking medical care and Baby Boomers are at the age when they'll need more care, the government is cutting its funding for training doctors. Does that make sense?

Mickey Kaus makes one
of his customary counter-intuitive arguments as to why the push for toning down rhetoric may end up helping the Congressional Republicans more than Democrats.

Sister Toldjah takes apart NAACP protests
against the Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools that used MLK Day to make up a snow day from one of the three days they missed last week.They held a protest march that they urged students to skip school to participate in. Gee, wouldn't Dr. King support students going to school to learn? Is this the worst thing to protest in Charlotte - that it snowed for three days and they made up the school day on that one day? It's one thing to encourage children to skip school to protest the civil rights abuses that Dr. King was protesting in the 1950s and 1960s, but this has to be one of the lamest reasons to take children away from their education and to stir up racial hostilities.

National Journal looks
at how the Senate will be changing with the three high-profile retirements of Kent Conrad, Joe Lieberman, and Kay Bailey Hutchinson that have been announced in the past week. Hey, isn't change supposed to be good?

Someone who wouldn't be missed if she retired is Sheila Jackson Lee. Now she's making the ludicrous argument that repealing Obamacare would somehow be unconstitutional. I'm coming to think that a course on constitutional law should be mandatory for members of Congress. Though that isn't her excuse since she apparently graduated from the University of Virginia Law School.

Chris Matthews has been blathering about how we should go back to the good ol' days when Tip O'Neill and Ronald Reagan could battle on policy but still be civil and friendly with each other. Steven Hayward reminds us of how rose-colored are Matthews' glasses when he looks back on the 1980s. Liberals like to pretend that they were actually part of the Reagan revolution, instead of being dragged kicking and screaming along.