Monday, October 31, 2011

Cruising the Web

If you haven't seen this Richard Epstein interview about income inequality, it is really worth watching. It's the best and clearest response to some liberal shibboleths that I've seen.

Myron Magnet has a very good essay on the liberties that we have willingly given up to governments.

Outside groups are taking over the role
of parties in fundraising. They're competing over operatives and donors.

They've discovered the ships that they believe are the wrecks of Sir Francis Drake's last voyage.

Technology is leading to more innovation in extracting fossil fuels than creating green energy.

One twenty-year-old laments
that her peers are expecting too much. They're expecting well-paid and fulfilling jobs plus the opportunity to live in interesting locations plus be able to afford to have children and raise them the way they believe best.

Steven Den Beste has a comment to bring together leftist approaches to every problem they find. Scott Johnson calls it "a unified theory of left-wing causes."
Isn’t it interesting that no matter what the current global crisis is, according to leftists, the solution is always the same: a benevolent world dictatorship of the enlightened elite, and mass transfer of wealth from rich nations to poor nations.

That’s what they want to do about global warming. It’s what they wanted to do about overpopulation. It’s what they wanted to do about endangered species.
Makes you think, doesn't it? Is this the goal no matter the problem?

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard puts his finger on how the solution
of a united currency is dooming Europe.
The euro itself is has become an engine of destruction and bitter cross-border rancour.

Europe will not be whole and happy again until the currency is broken into workable parts, and this misguided experiment is shut down for ever.
Shhhh, don't tell anyone but Obamacare is becoming less popular all the time with its increase in unfavorable views occurring now among Democrats. No wonder that Democrats are now objecting to it being referred to as Obamacare. Not so proud of his signature achievement, are they? But hey, just a few weeks ago President Obama was embracing the term.

David Axelrod figures he just as well can utter statements that are completely untrue such as Obama has closed the revolving door. Just check out all these stories that Tim Carney has reported on concerning the revolving door between lobbyists and the White House.

Dick Durbin acknowledges that if the 2012 election is a "referendum" on President Obama that the "Democrats are in trouble." Gosh, how times have changed.

Hmmm. It seems that George Will has himself flip-flopped on Mitt Romney. What's different now? Perhaps it is because the issues that Romney flipped on before the 2008 election were mostly social issues that didn't concern George Will and the issues he's targeting in his column this weekend, limiting public employee union's power and ethanol, are issues that Will care a lot more about.