Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cruising the Web

James C. Capretta examines Obama's "incoherent economic 'philosophy.'" He's gone from advocating Keynesianism to just demonizing the rich and the Republicans. And what he's pushing for has nothing to do with producing economic growth.

Yuval Levin explodes the Thomas Friedman-endorsed myth
that the federal government is paralyzed because people won't get together and agree on anything.
In the last decade, we have seen the enactment of, among other things, a large tax reform (the Bush tax cuts), a large education reform, a huge reorganization of our domestic security agencies, a reform of corporate governance (Sarbanes-Oxley), a new Medicare benefit, a massive response to the financial crisis (including several stimulus bills, an unprecedented bank rescue, a bailout of auto companies, and more, crossing two administrations of different parties), a huge health-care reform, a huge financial-regulation reform, and a budget deal with 10-year sequestration spending caps. That is a very active period of federal legislation–certainly more active than the prior decade or the one before that.
Of course, that doesn't mean that these are good programs, but their passage indicates that it isn't impossible to enact new policies. The one area, however, where they can't get together is to address entitlements so as to avoid our looming fiscal catastrophes.

Explaining the supposed crisis in autism.

The Obama administration has figured out a clever trick to postpone their desire to get rid of Medicare Advantage until after the election so that seniors won't realize that a program that they like has been taken away from them.

Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats are prepared to break the limits set on federal spending in the Budget Control Act - and all so the Post Office can be open on Saturdays since Reid thinks that seniors are lonely and want to receive junk mail on one more day a week. $34 billion dollars seems a lot to increase the deficit by just to fund Reid's cockamamie theory.

Charlie Cook finds Romney's position at the start of the two-man general election race looking rather good.

Of course. Obama has appointed Samantha Power, a woman who has advocated invading Israel and criticized Jewish Americans for supporting Israel as chair of Obama's new Atrocities Prevention Board. What do you bet that this new group will start off by targeting so-called atrocities done by Israel?

Walter Russell Mead enjoys schadenfreude as the NYT confronts economic reality for its own situation as it faces unsustainable union pension expenses.

Jim Geraghty questions the claim that Barack Obama was apoplectic about the GSA scandal given that the President hasn't made any public comments on the story although he's found lots of time for commenting on other matters.
Keep in mind, this story broke April 2 when the chief of the General Services Administration resigned, two of her top deputies were fired and four managers were placed on leave. In that time, President Obama has weighed in on the Trayvon Martin case (okay, technically that was a few days before), the dispute between the U.K. and Argentina in the Falkland Islands, joked about how his foreign summits help him scout vacation spots for Michelle and Kanye West again.
Perhaps the President just doesn't get as upset about wasting government money as he does about the possibility of taking more money away from those he regards as undeservingly wealthy.

Apparently, the Obamas are worried that they're not making enough money to cover their personal expenses.

Ah, Marion Barry. Now he's criticizing D.C. hospitals for hiring Filipina nurses.