Monday, March 07, 2011

Cruising the Web

President Obama might pretend that he wants to hear innovative ideas from governors to bring down health care costs, but his HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, and the department sure aren't interested.

David Bernstein points out that Professor Stephen Walt who wrote a book demonizing the "Israel Lobby" was also receiving some nice money from Libya as a "consulting fee" and then wrote puff pieces about Libya. Other prestigious academics have received quite a bit of money from Khadafy for their consultant firm and then wrote pieces to polish Khadafy's image. It wasn't just the London School of Economics, but several prominent American academics who were taking such money from Libya to act as such "consultants." I guess the money is tainted only if it comes from the Jews.

I wonder what sort of kickback was involved in the laudatory piece that Vogue Magazine wrote about the wife of the Syrian dictator? Forget about the support for terrorism, the effots to get nuclear weapons, the intimidation of Lebanon, and the jailing of any Syrians who try to protest. No, what is really important is what brand of $700 shoes that Mrs. Assad wears.

How convenient that Obama had in lobbyists in to write an environmental bill to benefit and subsidize the companies that they represent. Remember when that was something corrupt that Democrats accused Republicans of doing?

How cozy that the new mayor of Washington, D.C., Vincent Gray, is blaming his aides for paying off a minor candidate in last year's race to attack his opponent, Mayor Fenty.

Ah, more coziness. The Department of Health and Human Services has now granted more than 1000 waivers from Obamacare. One more sign that the bill was poorly written and passed without any true consideration of its impact.