Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cruising the Web

The Washington Examiner gives some good advice to the Republicans to block Obama in making recess appointments.

The Great Seducer, Dominique Strauss-Kahn's friends are trying to buy off the woman he's alleged to have assaulted.

Thomas Sowell writes that the politicians have a vision of the lives of the poverty-stricken that differs from reality.

Eric Holder and President Obama are channeling their inner Dick Cheneys on the Patriot Act. Amazing how things change once Senator Obama became President Obama.

Byron York reports rumors that Rudy Giuliani is going to jump into the race. I'm not sure why he thinks the race would be different for him this time. I would wish that he'd instead run for higher office in New York in the past ten years.

Michael Barone ponders what it means that a Democratic representative on the House Budget Committee has come out opposing the Independent Payment Advisory Board, the unelected committee that Obamacare established to administer spending cuts in medicare.

Bravo to Tim Pawlenty for coming out against federal subsidies for ethanol. That's a switch from his position as governor of Minnesota. But it's a way for him to stand out and to draw a difference with Romney who has supported the ethanol subsidies. It might be not only smart on policy, but smart on politics to separate himself as a truth-teller who is willing to offend Iowa voters. It sure got him some kudos from Rush Limbaugh.

James Taranto wonders why other Doomsday predictions don't garner the ridicule that Harold Camping rightly attracted.

Timothy Carney details Obama's disdain for limits on both presidential and federal power.

Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post awards
Paul Ryan a rare "Geppetto" for his assertion that Obama's recommendations for raising the top marginal tax rate to almost 45%. The Geppetto Checkmark is for statements that contain the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." Meanwhile President Obama earns One Pinocchio for saying that the wealthy would pay "a little more" under his plan.