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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cruising the Web

Andrew Biggs and Jason Richwine explain that yes, public employees get a huge pay bonus compared to those in the private sector. In California the differential can be up to 30% more.

The Department of Interior is flagrantly defying the order of a federal judge. I guess Ken Salazar and the Obama administration feel that they are above the law. The WSJ wonders about President Obama's promise to address needless regulations and asks: "How about starting by following the law?"

Massachusetts Democrat Michael Capuano exhorted a union rally in support of Wisconsin's workers to "get a little bloody when necessary." Yup, that's the new civility. Now he regrets his words. Perhaps he recognizes the contrast with his own words after the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords when he told public TV in Boston that heated political rhetoric was to blame for that murderous assault. He's considering a run against Scott Brown in 2012. I guess blatant hypocrisy isn't a good platform for his run.

Even the Socialist Party mayor of Milwaukee from 1948 to 1960 was against collective bargaining by public employees.

Democrats want to demonstrate that they're on the side of the people against Big Money. What they don't realize is that, when it comes to political donations, the unions are Big Money. And the industries that are contributing to elections are giving more to Democrats than Republicans.

The Washington Post asks
why President Obama was the last to speak up on Libya? Even now he won't call for Gaddafi's removal and instead is sending Hillary Clinton to the U.N. Human Rights Council of which Libya is a member. Yeah, that will scare Gaddafi. And I'm sure that we can expect other Council members such as China, Cuba, and Russia to crack down on Gaddafi.

Ann Althouse points out
that the crank call to Governor Walker pretending to be one of the Koch brothers actually proves that Walker isn't that close to the Koch brothers. Coverage of the prank call might also point out the prankster's background such as his article entitled "F*** the Troops."

Here's a story of how ordering from Dominos Pizza saved a woman's life.


Stan said...


re: Koch bros -- I made the connection that liberals are using them like big brother used Goldstein in 1984 in a comment I made at Climate, etc. Liked it, so I e-mailed it to Glenn Reynolds this morning. Saw that he used it.

Curious -- this is a pretty easy connection to make and similar ideas occur to lots of people. Have you seen any other reference connecting Kochs and Goldstein floating around the blogs?

pumping-irony said...

"I guess blatant hypocrisy isn't a good platform for his run."

Actually, he has the same platform so many other modern politicians (including Obama) have: Minnesota Senate joke Al Franken in his days as intentional comedian had it right with his "Al Franken decade" routine. Only now, every day is "ME Day." No introspection, no self-awareness, no need for logical consistency or an adult evaluation of the long-term public good, just what serves ME well at this particular moment. This is how Obama can talk about "transparency" one minute and be looking for secluded hideouts for meetings with lobbyists the next. It's what's good for HIM that counts. I'll bet Capuano doesn't really "regret" his words for the public damage they might cause as much as the damage they might cause his career. Because with modern politicians, statesmanship is a fool's (i.e. loser's) errand. Governance is all about ME.