Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Cruising the Web

Now they're arresting seventh-graders for burping.

The good news is that, if Gingrich becomes president, his wife will be a mix of Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush with some Jackie Kennedy thrown in. Gingrich's grandiosity extends to his wife.

Barney Frank gets angry when he gets a few slightly tough questions on the Today Show. He doesn't enjoy having to walk a few inches in the shoes that Republican politicians walk in every day. Poor boo.

Verum Serum digs up
what Gingrich said in his advocacy for Freddy Mac back in 2007 when they were trumpeting his strong support for such government-sponsored enterprises on their website. And of course, what he was saying then is the exact opposite of what he claimed in the CNBC debate a few weeks ago. He was advocating for the model of GSE's and now that we know how damaging these GSE's have been for our economy, he's lying about what he was doing.

Hollywood stars are having to deal
with their disappointment in The One.

In order to combat reverse discrimination, some Asians are deciding to not check the Asian box on their college applications. Doesn't this say it all when talking about the inequities of affirmative action?

Yuval Levin makes the argument that Romney and Gingrich are not all that different on policy, but the real difference between them is one of temperament.

Alec Baldwin thinks that the rules don't apply to him when he's having fun playing an online word game. His ugly behavior got him thrown off the plane and he struck back with this gratuitous swipe at American Airlines stewardesses.
“Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950’s find jobs as flight attendants.”
What a charmer.

An Indian state auditor finds nearly $300 million in state funds than previously thought. Mitch Daniels wants to either refund it to taxpayers or save it for a rainy day. The Democrats want to spend it. That's the contrast in the parties right there.

Just another Obama supporter in another scandal of federal money going down a deep hole.

Barack Obama's attempt to wear the Teddy Roosevelt mantle of New Nationalism leads Michael Knox Beran to look at what H.L. Mencken wrote abotu Teddy Roosevelt's adoption of the power of big government. The description would fit Obama today.
The “America that Roosevelt dreamed of,” Mencken wrote
was always a sort of swollen Prussia, truculent without and regimented within. . . . He didn’t believe in democracy; he believed simply in government. His remedy for all the great pangs and longings of existence was not a dispersion of authority, but a hard concentration of authority. He was not in favor of unlimited experiment; he was in favor of rigid control from above, a despotism of inspired prophets and policemen. He was not for democracy as his followers understood democracy, and as it actually is and must be; he was for paternalism of the true Bismarckian pattern, almost of the Napoleonic or Ludendorffian pattern—a paternalism concerning itself with all things, from the regulation of coal-mining and meat-packing to the regulation of spelling and marital rights.
There is more than a whiff of President Obama in this, for he too is a Big State Man. And as such he is out of step with the time. A century after Roosevelt called for more government control at Osawatomie, the dead hand of Big Statism is destroying the economies of the West and bankrupting the treasuries. Yet President Obama and his party stubbornly resist policies to restore a more reasonable balance between state power and private enterprise.
And Victor Davis Hanson reflects on all the presidential personas Obama has tried to adopt: FDR, Lincoln, Reagan, Wilson, Truman, and now TR.
This is all pretty pathetic. What we have here is an adolescent president in desperate search of an adult identity of his own, without which he borrows liberally from others, often oddly from Republicans or conservatives. And coming back from Lala-land to reality, today we get Obama’s anti–Wall Street speech as a backdrop to Bill Clinton’s Wall Street lobbying firm taking $50,000 a month from the bankrupt MF Global of liberal Jon Corzine — a progressive whom Joe Biden once assured us was a go-to guy when economic crises were upon us.