Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cruising the Web

Robert Costa contrasts how Jimmy Carter cast his business experience growing his family's peanut business as his major strength when he ran for president in 1976 with how Obama is now saying that successful business experience has nothing to do with being president. The change in the past 36 years reflects the change in the Democratic Party which has mostly shed the "New Democrat" message that Bill Clinton used to win in 1992.

Jerry Brown keeps missing his state's projected deficit. His prediction on Monday is 70% higher from what he guessed in January, yet this week's prediction is already $1.3 billion off. Yet he still wants to increase spending.

The Obama administration may have revealed planning details
of the Bin Laden raid to Hollywood filmmakers making a movie about the raid just as they were warning that it would be dangerous to make such information public.

Here is an interview
with Jay Cost about his new book, Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic. Cost examines how the party of Andrew Jackson which was the party of the common man has become the party that now wins by rewarding favored special interests.

Conor Friedersdorf examines the strange loyalty code of Chris Matthews who believes that politicians such as Cory Booker should lie to the public about what they really believe in order to support their man.

So what does it say about Obama that 40% of the voters in Democratic primaries in Kentucky and Arkansas voted against him? In Kentucky, which had a closed primary, 42% chose "uncommitted" rather than Obama. So these are registered Democrats who took the time to come out to vote against Obama.

What if Barack Obama had chosen to work with the GOP in Congress after his 2010 shellacking?

Jim Geraghty answers Obama's argument that the president's job isn't to worry about making profits for investors.
We’re not worried about profits, Mr. President. We’re worried about stopping an endless string of catastrophic losses.
Read the rest of his masterful takedown of Obama's lame arguments about why it's okay to attack Mitt Romney's Bain record but that he's not attacking private equity firms.

College requires 15 hours of study a week compared to 24 hours 50 years ago. My high school students could wish to have only 15 hours of study a week.

How Obama's presidency is like Facebook's IPO.