Thursday, May 12, 2011

Cruising the Web

Jennifer Rubin puts her labor-lawyer hat on and analyzes the case law indicating why the NLRB's claim that Boeing can't move to a right-to-work state as an outrageous break from past labor decisions. She points out that, if the NLRB wins this battle, it will have handed Republican candidates a very potent argument in every right-to-work state.

The WSJ editorial page has a devastating column
blasting Mitt Romney for his vision of the role of government based on Romneycare. Meanwhile, Jennifer Rubin delivers the ultimate insult by saying that Romney is the Hillary Clinton of this election cycle. And Michael Barone takes umbrage at descriptions of Mitt Romney as the GOP frontrunner and the cliché that the GOP always nominates the last election's frontrunner.

John Cogan of the Hoover Institute
points out that the average married couple retiring next year will retire and receive $1 million in cash and health-care entitlement benefits over their remaining expected lifetimes. And those benefits are going to be paid for by the young workers of today, not by the contributions that that couple paid in over their lifetimes of work. Those contributions have already been spent.

Megan McArdle tries to figure out
what function Groupon serves.

Larry Elder argues that if we're going to buy that Obama's decision to order the mission against bin Laden was a truly "gutsy" decision, what about George W. Bush's 2007 decision to undertake the "surge" in Iraq? by any standard, that was a much more gutsy decision.

Perhaps arguments such as Larry Elder is making are resonating. Jim Geraghty notices that in the AP poll that came out yesterday to show Obama with a 60% approval rating, President Bush's approval rating is now at 50%. And this is in a poll that skews Democratic in its sample by 17 points. Ah, the wonders of supposed random sampling.

Peter Wehner argues rightly against conservative purity tests. I've always opposed the idea that there is some ideal Republican politician out there and we should trash every other candidate who doesn't measure up to this Platonian ideal.

And while most of the leading GOP candidates fail the "cap-and-trade" purity test, Mitch Daniels passes it. Perhaps the other candidates will be calling for a truce on "cap and trade."


Now you can buy at an auction for charity the extremely weird hat that Princess Beatrice wore to the royal wedding. Sounds like a good idea - when else could she ever wear it again?

If Princess Beatrice's fascinator hat doesn't entice you, you can buy the Rambama, a Rambo-style SEAL action figure of President Obama. It's just $34.95 plus shipping.