Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cruising the Web

James Taranto establishes the First Rule of Liberalism: Government failure always justifies more government.

Obama tries his hand at writing a skewed poll question. That's a game we could all play at. Ann Althouse adds in her rephrasing of Obama's excuse for why polls show the American people don't favor raising the debt ceiling:
So... the the American people are misinformed if not incapable of absorbing matters beyond the narrow, personal sphere. It's the "What's the Matter with Kansas?" answer. You don't know what is good for you. If you knew, you'd agree with me.
Uh oh. Are the pea growers irritated with Obama for implying that eating peas is not something pleasant?

Obama's narcissism seems to keep growing. Apparently, he's the only politician in the world who isn't guided by narrow partisan self-interest. Rather modest for the guy who thought he could heal the planet and reverse the rise of the oceans.

Why do liberals have trouble answering this question: Can Congress require obese people to join Weight Watchers?

Oops. Barack Obama's touching deathbed story of how his mother was denied health care coverage turns out not to be true.

And Obama makes another statement of error when he claimed that Social Security does not add to our deficit problems. Nope, the fund is running at a deficit of over $40 billion a year.

The IRS has backed away
from its attempt to tax political donations to political advocacy groups.

I agree with Ed Morrissey. It was perfectly legitimate for Tim Pawlenty to question Michele Bachmann's lack of executive experience. Heck, that was one of the criticisms against Barack Obama in 2008. I don't think, however, that such an attack would help Pawlenty that much. In a multi-candidate race, when one candidate attacks another, it's likely that it would be some third candidate who would benefit. Hmmmm, someone like Rick Perry with many of the same positions as Bachmann but a decade of executive experience.

Joe Scarborough notes
the heated, nasty rhetoric that journalists are using against Republicans for insisting on being fiscal conservatives. That seems to be reaswon enough to compare them to terrorists or cultists fueled with rage.
It is interesting to see politicians savaged by the mainstream media as hostage-takers, members of Hezbollah and deranged cult leaders for doing no more than following through on a signed campaign pledge. Wasn’t keeping one’s word to voters once seen as a positive political characteristic instead of a personal moral deficiency?