Monday, February 13, 2012

Cruising the Web

An education union leader in New Jersey reveals what he really thinks about poor children stuck in failing schools while arguing against a vouchers program to send poor students to private schools. In his own words, "life's not always fair" and basically that is just tough for those children. Better they stay stuck in bad schools than get out if such a policy would hurt those unionized teachers.

The Daily Caller looks at the coordination between Media Matters, the White House, and the MSM.

George Will explores a question before the courts: is it bribery when an elected official takes actions that financially benefit a contributor if there is no explicit quid pro quo?

Arthur Laffer celebrates
the pro-growth revolution taking place in the states. Other states can learn from these steps.

Ron Chernow reminds us of the leadership lessons that can be learned from George Washington.

Robert Samuelson, who really is a Cassandra warning us of what will come, writes of how Social Security mushroomed to the huge fiscal liability that it is today. And the pattern is duplicated even more for Medicare.
The larger budget quagmire now comes into focus. What the federal government does is so vast that it suffocates informed debate and political control. The built-in bias for the status quo reflects the reality that the various parts of government are understood, defended and changed mainly by those who benefit from their existence. However strong the case for revision (and it is powerful here), it is tempered by political inertia. What's sacrificed is the broader public good. The quagmire is of our own making.

Oops, Obama's new Chief of Staff, who used to be the OMB director goofed when he claimed that the Senate hasn't passed a budget because it takes 60 votes. Actually, it just takes a simple majority. You'd think that someone who served as OMB director would know such a basic fact. Or was it an error? Could he just be trying to continue the President's message that he'd be doing such wonderful stuff if it just weren't for those evil Republicans and those pesky checks and balances?

Nate Silver examines the stats to see if Jeremy Lin's fantastic start is a fluke or not.

John Steele Gordon examines the President's semantics.

Will Republicans and Democrats show that they mean it when they talk about getting rid of corporate welfare?

Ari Fleischer explains the "fundamental fraudulence of Obama."

Steve Kornacki has a very interesting historical recounting of all the times that political observers thought that there might be a deadlocked convention and how all these fantasies eventually yielded to political reality.