Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cruising the Web

Gosh, those GOP delegate allocation rules are so complicated. Even though supposedly only state contests after March are supposed to have winner-take-all awarding of delegates, some states have enacted rules whereby a candidate who wins over 50% of the vote would get all or almost all the delegates. As more candidates will drop out after losses in the early states, it will be easier for a candidate to score over 50%.

The Obama administration has been ignoring due diligence in how it has enacted new regulations. Despite Obama's pretense, they're not studying the costs and benefits of new regulations.

David Brooks outlines the reasons why the progressive era is not the model for today's economy. A lot as changed in the past century.

Jeff Jacoby reminds us of a theme I've long advocated - our Founding Fathers intended us to have gridlock in the federal government.
The Framers of the Constitution never expected Congress to clear the decks for sweeping presidential action. They weren’t troubled by fears that America would be rendered “ungovernable’’ by the ease with which new laws or major policy changes could be delayed or derailed. What the smart set bewails today as “gridlock’’ or “brinksmanship’’ or an “agenda of pure nihilism,’’ the architects of the American system regarded as indispensable checks and balances. They knew how flawed human beings can be, and how ardently propelled by their passions and ideals.
Justice Scalia was singing this tune earlier this year when he told the Senate Judiciary Committee that we should learn to love the gridlock.

Mark Titus inaugurates a great sportswriting gimmick: give three possible scenarios and have people guess which one was the actual Dick Vitale digression to jump from an Indiana Hoosiers game to talking about Andrew Luck. He calls it "Dick's Degrees of Separation" as he challenges readers to distinguish fake Dickie V tangential digressions from the real one. I can't do it.

Another strike against Ron Paul: a commenter led me to this post at Red State reminding us that, after losing the nomination fight in 2008, Ron Paul endorsed the eternally noxious Cynthia McKinney. And he also endorsed Ralph Nader. Yeah, as if they're such big libertarians. How does that fit in with his claim to be so consistent?

David Allott finds eerie similarities
between Newt Gingrich and Alan Keyes.

What a shame: New York Times employees are angry at management. One complaint is that outgoing executives are getting extremely generous severance packages while other employees have experienced pay cuts and layoffs. Oh, the irony.