Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cruising the Web

While Jon Huntsman is waiting to be saved by the "Colbert Bump," he better be careful about making a stupid Chinese joke. Luckily for him the kind Colbert folk edited out the joke. Do you think they would have left it in if Rick Perry or Mitt Romney had made the same joke?

Ah, another reason for the government to lie on FOIA requests: such a request uncovered the salaries of some members in the bureaucracy. It's pretty sweet when a student intern can be paid $42,036. And Elizabeth Warren was handing out some might nice salaries despite the fact that those salaries were twice the maximum usually permitted under the Office of Personnel Management's own guidelines. Perhaps Scott Brown can find the makings of an ad there in his campaign against her. Of course, claiming that she created "the intellectual foundation" of the Occupy Wall Street movement may just make her invulnerable since the intellectual firepower of those occupying cities around the country is so readily apparent.

As predicted the Florida Hurricane Catastrophic Fund is severely underfunded and the state's insurers are severely endangered if there should be a major hurricane that hit Florida.

One liberal columnist admits, in the NYT no less, that the beginning of the end of civility in politics was the Democrats extremist claims in "borking" Judge Bork in 1987.

The real historical model for Obama's campaign is McGovern.

Politico profiles Jennifer Rubin
noting her almost ceaseless attacks on Rick Perry and how she's lightened up on her criticism of Mitt Romney. Some movement conservatives may dismiss her, but I find her political analyses to be well-written and thought out. Of course, I'm also skeptical of Perry as a presidential candidate so her attacks on him don't bother me. That's what a primary season is for - to assess the candidates and, at least for me, to pick out, as William Buckley said, the most conservative candidate who can win election.

The richest 1% experience the biggest jumps and the steepest falls in income.

How nice that Obama could take a break from his speeches bashing the wealthy in order to go hang out with the Hollywood glitterati at fundraisers.

The New Republic's James Kirchick explains why it is fatuous to make comparisons between Iraq and Libya.

Gas pump handles are the filthiest surfaces
we encounter in our regular lives. Good to know.

Peter Kirsanow has some "math fun with President Obama."
With math skills like this, no wonder the federal deficit is $1.3 trillion:

The Washington Examiner reports that at a fundraiser in Las Vegas, the president said the following about his jobs bill:
But last week, we had a separate vote on a part of the jobs bill that would put 400,000 teachers, firefighters and police officers back on the job, paid for by asking people who make more than $1 million to pay one-half of 1 percent in additional taxes. For somebody making $1.1 million a year, that’s an extra $500. Five hundred bucks. And with that, we could have saved 400,000 jobs.

Most people making more than $1 million, if you talk to them, they’ll say, I’m willing to pay $500 extra to help the county. They’re patriots. They believe we’re all in this thing together. But all the Republicans in the Senate said no. (Emphasis added).
As every Corner reader who graduated from 4th grade determined immediately upon reading the above quote, one half of 1 percent of $1.1 million is $5,500, not $500. But, hey, even though he said it three times, cut the president some slack — he’s off only by about factor of ten.

But even if the president meant to say $5,500, his math continues to pose some challenges. According to the IRS, a total of 235,413 taxpayers earned more than $1 million last year. If each “was willing to pay $[5,]500 extra to help the country,” that would generate only $1.3 billion in revenue — approximately what the federal government spends every three hours. Wouldn’t it be just as patriotic for President Obama to turn off the federal spigot for three hours and dedicate the savings to funding those 400,000 jobs?

The president at least deserves credit for finally bringing down the cost of all those jobs his administration “saves or creates.” Saving 400,000 jobs at a cost of $1.3 billion comes to just $3,250 per job — far less than the $250,000 per each job allegedly created by the 2009 stimulus bill.

But wait, that means that each of the 400,000 jobs will only pay $ 1.60 an hour — far below the lawful minimum wage. And that’s without benefits. Aren’t those the kind of jobs Americans won’t do?

Even if the president were to politely “ask” all of those willing millionaire patriots to pay an extra one half of 1 percent of their total aggregate income for 2010, the added revenue would be only about $3.6 billion. But that still comes to only around $4.50 an hour, again without benefits. Not sure how many cops, firefigh

Sure, why not have a former Obama speechwriter write a sitcom about the First Family? Or have Frank Rich be executive producer for another sitcom about a fictional vice president?

And what is the best present our State Department can purchase to stock in our embassy's libraries around the world? Obama's own books, of course. Just what our embassy officials need to read in their down time.