Friday, June 24, 2011

Cruising the Web

Charles Krauthammer acknowledges that the United States needs a new method of going to war. We haven't declared war since 1941. Instead of following George W. Bush's model of going to Congress for a resolution endorsing military action, Obama's prevarications on "hostilities" in Libya have destroyed the War Powers Act. As of now we don't have a procedure that reliably gives the elected members of Congress a role in going to war. He recommends some sort of commission to come up with a codified model.

Meanwhile Kimberley Strassel rightly criticizes the Republican political opportunism on using the War Powers Act.

What if a Bush Secretary of State questioned which side that opponents of an administration action were on?

Jay Cost does the math to demonstrate that Obama needs the Afro-American vote to turn out for him in the same numbers as they did in 2008 or he will lose about 3% from his popular vote total.

The director of the CBO has handed the Republicans an ad line when they start criticizing Obama's lack of leadership on the budget. When asked about the budgetary impact that Obama outlined in his April speech, Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendor answered, "We don't estimate speeches." But that is all that Obama has provided since he's basically thrown his first budget proposal out of the window.

The administration wouldn't waive the Jones Act to allow foreign-crewed vessels to help in the clean up from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year. But this year, in order to speed up the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in order to lower gas prices and help Obama politically, Obama has waived the Jones Act.

The Obama administration interfered more than acknowledged in the daily running of General Motors. They gave GM officials instructions on how to eliminate the pensions of non-union employees while maintaining the pensions for UAW employees.

According to the debt projections of the CBO, even with the higher taxes of the pre-Bush era, we'd still have unsustainable deficits.

Treasury Secretary Geithner admits
that the administration wants to raise taxes on small businesses.

The administration deliberately leaked that Obama was going against the recommendations of General Petraeus, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in order to score political points in Obama's speech on withdrawing from Afghanistan.

Mickey Kaus admires the NYT's newest tool
for inserting its bias into its news coverage.

Chris Christie achieved a major victory in reining in the power of public employee unions by getting a Democratic legislature to approve pension reform and mandate that public workers contribute to their own health care. Despite allusions to Hitler, Christie was able to convince Democratic legislators that it was not new fascism to ask public employees to be part of New Jersey's fiscal solution rather than the recipients of money taken from poorer taxpayers to benefit middle-class public employees.

Mona Charen notes the importance of being the ones who write history. Ideological historians are responsible for some of the errors in our understanding of the recent past.

Ross Kaminsky explains all
the reasons why Obama's cynical release of money from the petroleum reserve is stupid and corrupt.

Jonah Goldberg makes the argument for a long GOP primary fight, even if it entails, gulp, a Pataki candidacy.

Obama mixes up a dead and a living hero. How does he make such an awful mistake?