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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.


ic said...

"we still have fewer safeguards on our own elections than..."

That is a feature, not a bug.

How else do we count those votes from cemeteries, abandoned warehouse,...? A whole lot of experts whose expertise is to create votes, a whole lot of lawyers whose expertise is litigations over new "found" votes, a whole lot of fundraisers whose expertise is to fund raise for recounts, ... will all be unemployed. And a senator or two such as that guy from Minnesota, a comedian who is not funny, an airwave executive and anchor who bankrupted the whole broadcast company, a leech who used to live in luxury on other people's money. It's unfair to expect these people who have no other skills to hold a real job.

ic said...

"Helping out special interests, even if they're foreign corporations, is all fine if it can be sold as "green energy.""

That is not true. He helped out Petrobra too. As long as his sugar daddies such as Soros who owns a huge chunk of Petrobra, and the connected, such as Al Gore who owns a whole chunk of a tiny Spanish green energy, are happy to kick back (donate?) to him.

lorraine_lanning said...

I don't understand the flocking to potential candidates such as Donald Trump and Herman Cain. Sure, they have lots of business experience, but neither have held public office or have any kind of foreign policy experience.

The right justly criticized Obama for his lack of experience, why would anyone vote for someone equally inexperienced, even in a poll?

Although he's a Democrat, Colorado's John Hickenlooper is doing it the right way. He was a geologist, then a business owner of a brew pub. He was Denver's mayor for 8 years and is now governor.

I want to see that mix of extensive experience in a Republican candidate. Where is he/she?

Locomotive Breath said...

No Republican I know is really enthusiastic for Trump. We just like watching some who can make Obama squirm and against whom Obama can't really retaliate.

IOW a diversion upon which Dems waste resources while some more viable candidate plans. Palin is in the same category as Trump.

muckdog said...

I don't think it's going to be Trump. He's making too much from TV.

77kart said...

Betsy, I'm really surprised you are linking to David Weigel at slate. I'm open minded about the Trump candidacy and am willing to go either way, based on facts. But David Weigel is not a credible source.

77kart said...

Betsy, I'm really surprised you are quoting Dave Weigel at Slate. I'm open minded about Trump and am willing to praise or condemn him, based on facts. Unfortunately, Dave Weigel is not a credible source. Didn't he casually call conservatives, "ratf!@##@s?" Nor have I seem a shred of redeeming actions from him [Weigel] since he left wapo in disgrace. The enemy of my enemy ... is not necessarily someone I would pay attention to. Regards.

objectivist said...

Upon inspection, Trump certainly is not as fiscally conservative as he appears. (I'm thinking of the health care plan you referenced and his plans for taxes on imported Chinese goods.) But I wonder if we have a better alternative for the Republican nomination.

The combination of a fiscal conservative, who at least moderately respects personal freedoms, and is a legitimate contender against Obama is not easily found. Certainly not Romney. Probably not Trump. Maybe Huckabee?