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Monday, October 24, 2011

Cruising the Web

Get ready for all the redistricting court cases.

Ross Douthat explains
why Mitt Romney is the inevitable nominee and all the excitement about various other not-Romney candidates is just the media trying to gin up some excitement to keep viewers and readers paying attention.

The Washington Post Ombudsman takes the paper to task for not providing needed context for their story on the Koch brothers.

Martin Feldstein provides the evidence that a tax reform package similar to the one from 1986 that lowers the marginal tax rates while reducing tax loopholes and other tax expenditures and broadening the tax base could be an important part of a serious deficit reduction plan.

Here is our latest worry - Halloween is not good for the environment.

The Examiner asks a needed question:
where do the stimulus horror stories end?

Even Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google and a big Obama supporter, has come to realize the dangers of an over-intrusive government getting involved in trying to regulate innovation.
Mr. Schmidt recounted a dinner in 1995 featuring a talk by Andy Grove, a founder of Intel: "He says, 'This is easy to understand. High tech runs three times faster than normal businesses. And the government runs three times slower than normal businesses. So we have a nine-times gap.' All of my experiences are consistent with Andy Grove's observation."

Mr. Schmidt explained there was only one way to deal with this nine-times gap, which this column hereby christens "Grove's Law of Government." That is "to make sure that the government does not get in the way and slow things down."
Here's an explanation of why it's so hard to know how to spell the recently deceased Libyan dictator's name.

Does Rick Perry really think
it's to his advantage to express doubts about Obama's birth certificate?

Hmmm. Public sector unionized workers report more injuries and illnesses than non-unionized workers in comparable jobs. I wonder why.

Why the apostrophe may be destined for the ash heap of history.

Congratulations to Bobby Jindal who just got reelected with close to 66% of the vote.


mark said...

And congratulations to President Obama for his role in the killing of Moammar Khaddafy/Muamar Qadhafi/Muammar Gadhafi. No American lives lost, a fraction of the cost of the Iraq war, and the downfall of a terrorist whose victims included Americans.

Well done.

Paul said...

You had better hope the resulting gov't is not another Islamist caliphate that is hostile to the US or you will rue Obama's intervention and role in Gaddafi's death. While I' cautiously optimistic, we'll have to wait and see.

tfhr said...


Gaddafi should have been dispatched decades ago, despite the global protests against Reagan's initial efforts to eliminate him, the effort should have been followed up throughout every one of the intervening years up until the dictator's death. This country continues to fail in the essential recognition of the threats posed by despots and regimes that are openly hostile AND practice violence against us. We will put it off as long as possible ultimately at greater cost to our country and people.

I have no problem with putting aside Obama's complaints about preemptive war and violent regime change when he was running for President as he has killed many of the worst or our enemies but what of the future and Obama's own missed opportunities?

Only time will tell but I feel like an important opportunity was lost when the Obama administration did not step forward to lead global support for a "Persian Spring" during 2009's bloody electoral protest suppression.

Why did we not seize the Lockerbie bomber that was returned to Libya from Scotland? Why don't we have him now or at least an arrangement to get from the Transitional Council?

Paul is correct to be concerned about what will emerge from the ruins of post Gaddafi Libya. There was a huge failure to secure or destroy man portable SAMs that are a great deal more sophisticated than those most commonly found on the black market and arms bazaars. We may see many more Lockerbies to come unless airlines spend millions to protect each aircraft they operate.

Why did Obama support Mubarak initially? Our waffling on that didn't garner any support for US foreign policy in Egypt. If Obama wanted to pursue Gaddafi based on his crimes against the US, he was right to do so. If he did throw in on Britain and France's lead due to humanitarian concerns, as he has stated, then why no effort to help Syrians?

The point, mark, is that his policies are incoherent. No footprint in Libya where chemical weapons were stored yet we have troops in Uganda and possibly the Sudan in pursuit of the LRA?

I'm glad that Gaddafi is dead and his end was fitting. I'm pleased to know that they've got their DNA samples to back up the kill and that Micky Rourke was not being used as his double, but mark, before you go all 2012 on the events in Sirte, will you please tell me what Obama is going to do about Damascus, Tehran, Cairo, Sanaa, and Baghdad?

Failing to secure a SOFA agreement with the Iraqi government is a catastrophic diplomatic failure and I'm waiting to see what happens next. I just hope all the gains, all the human and financial costs suffered, will not have been lost because Obama could not win the peace while focusing on winning reelection.

mark said...

While I doubt I'd ever regret our role in Gaddafi's death, I agree with you that a successful outcome is far from certain. More importantly, so does Obama. So far he's been thoughtful and cautious. Only an idiot would declare "Mission Accomplished".

Pat Patterson said...

No American casualties? I'm sure that might come as a shock to the families of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros.

mark said...

Gee, I stand corrected, Pat. Two journalists were killed while covering the war.
Are you comparing that to the 3000 killed on 9/11? Just because Bush said he wasn't "concerned" about their killer, doesn't mean you should forget.
Are you comparing that to the 4400 soldiers killed and 10s of thousand injured? The 100,000 Iraqis killed?
Yes, you got me.

mark said...

What a fun embarrassment Perry has turned out to be. I predicted he would tank like Fred Thompson and Wesley Clark, but not quite so shamefully. Taking cheap shots about Romney's gardeners, and now teasing the racists in the party with the birther idiocy.
Of course, now it gives his detractors an excuse to bring up the many rumors of his affairs (of both sexes).

mark said...

Here's one for those who have defended Perry as a serious candidate-

Perry on the birther issue:

"It's a good issue to keep alive. It's fun to poke at him," Perry told CNBC's John Harwood in an interview airing this morning.

Pat Patterson said...

"Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before." Rahm Emmanuel. Especially when more people are out of work and the Obamacare bill is costing many times what was promised and even the supporters are getting amnesia.