Thursday, March 03, 2011

Cruising the Web

Flexibility to this White House means doing things their way.

Chris Matthews' version of the need for civility in public debate is to say that Newt Gingrich "looks like a car bomber" and "He's got that crazy Mephistophelian grin of his. He looks like he loves torturing." Ah, now that is sophisticated political analysis. Because all those car bombers are overweight guys in their 60s. It takes someone with the political acumen to sense these truths about politicians. I'm not a big fan of Gingrich, but isn't Matthews capable of analysis with a teeny modicum of substance? I guess that would be asking too much. And let's not start imagining what weird comparisons we could come up with for Matthew's own face.

Barack Obama told guests at a private White House dinner a year ago that "race was probably a key component" in the groups opposed to his policies especially the Tea Party movement. Yes, because he just can't imagine any substantive reason that anyone would oppose his policies other than race or bitter clinging to guns and religion.

Mickey Kaus explains
why Governor Walker needs to hold firm against the public sector unions. As a liberal and Democrat, he worries that such unions cripple government.

There are $15 billion worth of federal buildings and property that could be sold off to raise money. Let's go for it.

Philip Klein explores the fantasy-thinking that underlies the billions to be spent to build high-speed rail system in California. Michael Barone has some more about why people will not take the train when they can fly or drive.

Ah, now we can understand the limits of what qualifies as modern art.

The type of corporate welfare and tax breaks that liberals support.

Democrats and teachers unions will go to the mattresses to prevent parents in Compton, California to improve their children's schools. And Jerry Brown is comfortable being their tool. It would be nice of Arne Duncan would speak up for those parents and kids, but don't hold your breath.

It takes two-five years to fire a bad teacher in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune has the explanatory chart.

Jeff Jacoby reminds us that the supposed "right" for public-sector unions to collectively bargain is not any sort of true right. ONly about half the states allow public employees to collectively bargain. And the federal government doesn't have much of that right. In fact, President Obama could unilaterally sign a pay freeze without a murmur from federal employees.

Harvard hasn't yet restored ROTC
because they have to work through the "transgender" issues with the military.

This week in anti-Semitic rants. And they're not all in the Middle East.