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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cruising the Web

The LA Times can't figure out what's wrong with collective bargaining rights for public employees. They must have missed the problems with their own state's budget.

Somehow, Obama doesn't feel the fierce urgency of now when it comes to creating actual jobs with the Keystone XL pipeline. If the problem is Nebraska, why didn't he exercise some presidential leadership and get them to figure out an alternate route months ago instead of dragging this out? In one fell swoop, Obama has acted against creating new jobs, furthering our energy independence from the Middle East, and offended a faithful ally. Good job, Obama. Even the Washington Post is disgusted. And meanwhile, China is developing Cuban oil off the coast of Florida and Iran is cozying up to Chavez in Venezuela. As Michael Barone points out, it is not a great approach to foreign policy to treat our enemies as friends and our friends as enemies.

Meanwhile, the House GOP would like to take the decision out of the hands of the State Department and Obama administration and give it to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Employees at Bain have given more money to Democrats than to Republicans, including Romney.

Matthew Cooper explains
why Romney's new ad using Susan Molinari is so devastating.

James Taranto explains Obama's passive-aggressive approach to policy.

Why Chris Christie has a better reelection story
to tell than Barack Obama ever will.

Joe Queenan suggests applying the NBA's amnesty clause to all sorts of dead wood in public life. If only....

Plan your parties now. You can now rent out the Parthenon and throw quite a bash.

Gingrich is right about Obama and food stamps.
And Bush and the GOP agricultural bill of 2002 helped out.

Some students were very upset about Wikipedia being down yesterday.


LarryD said...

Maybe the LA Times should read FDR's letter to Luther C. Steward:

"All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters."

Pat Patterson said...

The LA Times couldn't find Long Beach if magically dropped on to Pier J. And they have completely forgotten about the legacy of Harrison Gray Otis. Who was famous or infamous for saying, "You're either with me, or against me."