Monday, April 18, 2011

Cruising the Web

It's getting late, but we need to get our election procedures cleaned up or we could be facing a nationwide snafu that will lower faith in our elections. As John Fund points out, we've had a decade since Florida, 2000, but despite another blue-ribbon bipartisan commission's worth of recommendations, we still have fewer safeguards on our own elections than we demand from nations where we send international monitors to watch elections.

Unions are fighting the entry of Wal Mart into the D.C. market, but they're not that happy with Giant either.

Michael Barone coins another nickname for President Obama - President Whatever.

Tim Carney notes the corporate welfare boondoggle
that Obama supports in the tax code to give grants to foreign companies. Helping out special interests, even if they're foreign corporations, is all fine if it can be sold as "green energy."

If the President objects
to rich people taking itemized deductions, why doesn't he provide a moral example for us and just use the standard deduction?

Why should the federal government be more interested about protecting the privacy rights of a child abductor than trying to find the child?

Will Republicans still be as enthusiastic for Donald Trump when they hear some of the things that he was saying when he toyed with running in 2000? How about pushing for universal healthcare in a system that resembled Canada's plan? If Romney can't win because of Romneycare in Massachusetts, why should Trump be immune for some of the things he was advocating a decade ago? I just don't get why a guy whose financial history includes bankruptcy is the go-to guy in an election that will focus on how to rescue our country's fiscal picture.

In a few weeks, my AP Government students will be taking their exam. For years, I've been predicting that one of the four essay questions should relate to the effect that the internet has had on politics. That seems to me to be the biggest change in the past decade in politics and it's about time for College Board to catch up. For example, they could check out this headline in today's Los Angeles Times: "Twitter, Facebook and YouTube now crucial to presidential campaigns."

Thank you very much to those who wrote to ask if my family suffered any problems due to the weekend's tornadoes in North Carolina. We were quite lucky and didn't suffer any damage. It just goes to show how random tornadoes can be. My heart goes out to those families who have not been as lucky.