Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cruising the Web

Michael Barone reminds us how the attitudes of confidence in big government, big unions, and big business that prevailed in the 1940s and 1950s have long passed. Liberals want to return to that Midcentury Moment by reviving the unions and faith in government. But those times have passed and people have lost that faith. Just as our attitudes towards cultural and social mores have changed from the 1950s, so have our attitudes toward big government.

Randal Rucker, a Montana State economist, and my husband's colleague and our friend, Wally Thurman, explain why we shouldn't be panicking about bees dying off.

Why Harold Koh, the top legal adviser at the State Department and the guy who came up with the Orwellian argument that our efforts in Libya are not hostilities because the Libyans can't fight back against our missiles and drones, is the "Gollum of Foggy Bottom."

Contrary to liberal assumptions, increased unemployment in the U.S. has not led to a rise in crime, but rather a decline. BBC News looks at ten possible explanations for the drop in crime we've been witnessing since its peak in the early 1990s. I vote for a combination of demographic trends plus changed policies as police and local government adopt new ways of policing communities.

Here's an intriguing contrafactual: What if Europe's Jews after World War Two had followed the path that the Palestinians followed since the establishment of Israel in 1948.

Just as it is an insult to Holcaust victims to compare Republican policies on public employee unions to Adolph Hitler, it is likewise an insult to African Americans who suffered through the Jim Crow era to call laws mandating a photo ID for voting a return to Jim Crow laws. Meanwhile, James Taranto asks why, if asking to see a photo ID for those registering to vote is discriminatory, asking to see one in all sorts of quotidian activities aren't also violations of federal anti-discrimination laws.

Now the federal government wants to get colleges to regulate flirting.

How the NLRB is going to chill employment. That's no way to win the future.

Debunking the idea that you have to rob a bank to get health care.

Jennifer Rubin revisits why Obamacare got to be so screwed up. The fault lies not in the stars but in the people who crafted the policy and the methods they chose to enact it. As a reminder, AP explains how an error in designing the policy will allow several million members of the middle class to get Medicaid. Once again the administration is having to figure out a fix for an error that would have been avoidable if they'd been more careful in writing the bill and had let it go through Congress under ordinary legislative procedures.