Thursday, April 21, 2011

Cruising the Web

Michael Barone takes Obama to school, law school.

Jay Cost examines
whether Obama will have success in following the Harry Truman campaign model. Will the guy who won independents by his coolness and talk of purple states be able to win a "Give 'em Hell!" campaign style? As always, I think the question comes down to whom the GOP puts up against him.

Kevin Spacey tried
to argue that we need federal funding for the arts because Lincoln liked going to the theater during the Civil War. Yes, but that wasn't federally funded arts.

Ah, the sweet gentility of the left. See what a Iowa University professor sent out as an email to an email from the College Republicans.

James Pethokoukis does an apples-to-apples budget comparison of the Ryan and the Obama budgets. "So a back-of-the-envelope estimate — adjusted for similar economic assumptions — finds the Obama Framework would only save $3 trillion vs. $6.9 trillion for the Ryan Path over ten years. And nearly 2/3 of Obama’s savings comes from higher taxes (net interest)."

Dalia Lithwick just makes stuff up. Here she is claiming that "The end result is that Roe remains on the books, while for all practical purposes women can't get an abortion in Ohio, North Dakota, or Florida." As Ramesh Ponnuru points out, the last year for which we have data there were 29,000 abortions performed in Ohio.

The White House is trying to suggest that Obama planned for months to give a deficit speech. They just weren't sure what was going to be in it. Because, well, the President has no real plan for reducing the deficit.

Here's a depressing statistic: American households are receiving more in cash handouts in unemployment benefits, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and stimulus spending than they are paying in taxes. This is the first time that this has been true since the Great Depression. Does anyone really believe that this is a successful model for economic growth?

The National Labor Relations Board wants to say
that it is illegal for Boeing to build a plant in South Carolina because that is a right-to-work state. Thus is Obama influencing regulation to get around laws that the Congress hasn't passed.

If Obama loses the likability factor,
what does he have left?

Does Barack Obama know any American history? How could he think that "Texas has always been a pretty Republican state, for, you know, historic reasons." Does he have any idea that it was the Democratic Party that dominated the South from the 1830s up until the 1970s and 80s? Does he know which party dominated the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South? Geesh! That is high school stuff.