Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cruising the Web

Just in case you were interested in the age differences among presidential nominees and their running mates, here is the historical information. Find out who the youngest vice president was.

Don't believe Ron Wyden's claims now that he didn't work on a Medicare reform plan with Paul Ryan.

Alana Goodman describes Barack Obama's identity crisis. He would like to think of himself as a policy wonk. He just hasn't governed that way. It's amazing that someone who regards himself as a serious policy wonk would have handed over the stimulus package to political hacks like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to craft handouts to favored constituencies.

Remember those halcyon days when Barack Obama recognized that Medicare needed to be reformed.

This is funny - a fake gmail account for Paul Ryan.

Here's a report on how state governments give labor unions exemptions from all sorts of criminal statutes including stalking and invasion of private property.

One of my readers sent me this link to a board game, Too Big to Fail, that her teenage son created and is now marketing. It sounds fun and would teach people about the challenges of establishing a business in today's politicized markets.

Don't you hate when this happens?

Jim Geraghty reflects on the appearances from the candidates yesterday and imagines what the debates will sound like.

Romney is right - Obama cut $716 billion from Medicare. The Washington Post agrees.

I, Smartphone.

Look, "No Teleprompter"

Mitt Romney has a response for the ugliness of Biden's comment that the Republicans want to "put y'all back in chains."
"His campaign and his surrogates have made wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the Presidency. Another outrageous charge came a few hours ago in Virginia. And the White House sinks a little bit lower," Romney said.

"This is an election in which we should be talking about the path ahead, but you don't hear any answers coming from President Obama’s re-election campaign. That’s because he's intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy. And so his campaign has resorted to diversions and distractions, to demagoguing and defaming others. This is an old game in politics; what’s different this year is that the president is taking things to a new low."
Why do we have such a double standard for Joe Biden? Why is he treated at some lovable, goofy uncle who just says silly things instead of people pondering that Barack Obama chose to have this guy next in line to the presidency and accords him respect and deference? If people demonized Sarah Palin as an ignorant bozo and laughed at Dan Quayle as that stupid booby who couldn't spell potato, why are those same people just smiling fondly at the things that Joe Biden says as Biden being Biden? Dan Quayle made a few gaffes throughout his time in the public spotlight. Joe Biden says something either stupid or inflammatory or both every other day if not more often yet he's greeted with fond shrugs for the sort of gaffes that would have destroyed the career of any Republican. Think of how George Allen was demonized for one "macaca" moment.

More crony capitalism for Obama's favored green energy industry in how the Interior Department is permitting construction of solar panels on federal lands by bypassing the procedures that they've put in place for other energy development on public land.

How the Democrats are holding emergency drought relief hostage so that they can explode food stamp spending.

One of Jim Geraghty's readers has already produced a 30 second spot using Erskine Bowles' praise of Paul Ryan just as Bill Kristol recommended.
Sounds like a great way to introduce Paul Ryan in some swing states. Perhaps a Super PAC will go ahead and make the media buy. The production work is already done for them.

Harvard Business Review has an interesting story on how Coach K was selected to be the Olympic coach. Amazingly enough, it was Dean Smith who pressed for his selection. Nice.

Congratulations to my friend and former colleague, Eric Grunden, whose new charter school Research Triangle High School opened yesterday.