Friday, May 11, 2012

Cruising the Web

Kimberley Strassel has a case history of what happened when a private citizen donated big bucks to a Super PAC supporting Romney. Suddenly private investigators were looking for court records on his divorces and business disputes. Then he became a target of liberal bloggers and MSNBC. This is how enemies lists work.

Charles Krauthammer links
the Six Day War to Netanyahu's surprising move to create a unity government instead of calling an election he was sure to win. On the eve of the Six Day War, Israel created such a unity government. Hmmm.

Ronald Brownstein outlines the problems facing GOP presidential candidates. The Democrats have a "blue wall" of states that they've carried for the past five elections with a total of 242 Electoral votes.

Victor Davis Hanson summarizes the Obama campaign strategy.
The Obama reelection team will not make the case for the advantages and popularity of Obamacare, for the Chuian advantages of $4-a-gallon gas, for the dynamism of a 1.7 percent GDP growth rate, for the stimulatory effects of adding $5 trillion in new debt, or for why 8 percent unemployment does not qualify under the old rubric of a “jobless recovery.” Instead we are going to see a) mostly the spike-the-football sloganeering about Osama bin Laden and adherence to the Bush-Petraeus timetable in leaving Iraq, b) the supposed racism (Travyon Martin–style), sexism (“war on women”) and homophobia of the Right, and c) personal attacks on Romney’s past.
Yup, that's what we need to concentrate on as we face all these economic and foreign policy crises.

With facts like these, how are the anti-Walker people in Wisconsin going to argue for his recall? What policies will Barret propose in order to counter these terrible (for them) statistics contrasting Wisconsin with Illinois which adopted the exact opposite policies?
Unemployment has dropped from 7.7 percent to 6.8 percent since Walker took office. Unemployment in neighboring Illinois, however, only dropped below 9 percent in March—the first time it has done so in two years.

Wisconsin property taxes have fallen for the first time in 12 years. The state’s adult debt per capita is roughly $687. Illinois’ is about $853.

The two states took divergent paths in 2010 in dealing with looming fiscal insolvency. While Walker pushed spending cuts and public sector reforms, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and the state legislature floated $7 billion in new taxes, including a 67 percent individual income tax increase and a 46 percent corporate tax increase.
Nick Gillespie asks Walker's foes: How much higher should taxes be in Wisconsin?
According to the Tax Foundation, in 2009, Wisconsin had the fourth-highest combined state and local tax burden in the country, with only New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut residents paying more. 2009 is the latest year available for this figure, but there's little reason to believe much if anything has changed. In 2009, the Tax Foundation found that Wisconsin residents paid 11 percent of their income in state and local taxes. The compared to 12.3 for New Jersey residents (the highest rate) and 6.3 percent for Alaskans (the lowest rate).
How do Barrett and his supporters propose to pay for the increased spending they're demanding? It's a question for every Democrat running this year?

This is the cluelessness of the Obama economic thinking: the Transportation Department is pressing California to spend money that they don't have to fund a high-speed rail plan whose costs are already spiraling out of control.