Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cruising the Web

Washington state now has to worry that too many people are using electric vehicles. What? you say. Aren't all good and virtuous people supposed to be driving more green cars? Isn't that the goal of all our political leaders? Well, that may be so, but that means that the state is facing declining revenues from their gas tax. So they got to get at thoswe electric vehicle drivers some way or another. As David Freddoso writes, our policy seems to be "If it doesn't move, subsize it. Then tax it the moment it starts moving." (h/t Instapundit)

I don't think that the Defense of Marriage Act is good law and it may well be struck down by the Supreme Court. But there is something very dismaying about gay activists pressuring the law firm King & Spalding to withdraw from the case. Lawyers proudly claim that they will represent the most despicable defendants, the Timothy McVeighs, the terrorists at Guantanamo, yet here a precedent has been set that they will not represent a case involving a law passed by the majority of Congress and signed by Bill Clinton. Is this a precedent that law firms want to see established? What about if it were right-wing pressure groups threatening them for defending an Islamic terrorist? Can you imagine the outrage?

With this sort of political pressure at work and memories of activists camping out in Wisconsin's capitol, it's ominous to see the administration working to generate an enemies list of corporations contributing to political organizations.

As always in polling, it depends on how the question is phrased.

So Haley Barbour isn't going to run for president. A politician as canny as Barbour must have realized that he had too much baggage to make a successful run against Barack Obama. Let's hope that Allahpundit is right that this helps clarify things for Mitch Daniels to decide to run.

Robert Samuelson rightly excoriates President Obama for not being the adult in the room when it comes to the budget. Hey, what's the surprise? He'd rather demagogue those who want to realistically grapple with federal spending thus making any true solution even more unlikely. He's not an adult on this; he's a smarmy kid who only cares about short-term political gains over long-term solutions.

Walter Russell Mead has an interesting post up about the political strategy of Queen Elizabeth I in a world where England was a weak country going up against bigger and richer enemies.

Michael Barone explains
why we can no longer afford defined-benefit pensions. Times have changed and our approach to retirement benefits must also change.

Daniel Kessler explains
how Obamacare punishes work.

Lamar Alexander details how having a right-to-work state helped Tennessee convince Nissan to build a plant in the state. That is how we create an environment where the United States can compete with foreign manufacturers who want to build their products in the United States. That is why we should be deeply concerned about federal efforts to prevent Boeing from building a plant in South Carolina.

Europeans are starting to question
the wisdom of their generous welfare state policies.