Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cruising the Web

The National Counterterrorism Center director, Matt Olsen, told senators yesterday that the attack on the Benghazi consulate was an act of terrorism. We are now getting word that one of the leaders involved in the attack may be a man who was released from Gitmo in 2007. We now have a lot of questions for the administration. Why didn't they do anything to beef up protection for our diplomats, especially in Benghazi which has long been a hotbed of jihadis? And why did the administration spend a week trying to blame the attacks on a video trailer?

CNN is reporting that Ambassador Stevens was worried about security threats in Benghazi and knew that his name was on an al Qaeda hit list.

The CBO has increased its estimate of how many people will prefer to pay the health care tax rather than buy health insurance. Now that John Roberts has told us that the penalty for not buying health care is a tax, Obama can stop telling us that he only wants to raise taxes on the rich. In fact he's already raised taxes on millions middle and lower class people through Obamacare.

Explaining how the HHS revision of rules on welfare is even worse than Republicans are saying.

This is depressing news.

If the auto bailout was such a success, why is the bailout losing so much money and why do GM leaders want the government to get out of their business?

John Fund reminds us of what an odious man Che Guevara was. If only all those people wearing Che shirts knew his history.

Thomas Sowell explains the fallacies of trying to build our economy through redistribution.
You can confiscate only the wealth that exists at a given moment. You cannot confiscate future wealth — and that future wealth is less likely to be produced when people see that it is going to be confiscated. Farmers in the Soviet Union cut back on how much time and effort they invested in growing their crops when they realized that the government was going to take a big part of the harvest. They slaughtered and ate young farm animals that they would normally have kept tending and feeding while raising them to maturity.
People in industry are not inert objects either. Moreover, unlike farmers, industrialists are not tied to the land in a particular country.

Russian aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky could take his expertise
If only the Democrats could understand these basic laws of economics.

Jim Geraghty looks at the undecideds and the various analyses of how they will break in the election.

The Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund is running out of money. Of course it is. The city doesn't have the money to keep contributing. What do you think Chicago teachers will do when they realize that their pension fund is going to be out of money in 10 years?

Stephen Hayes looks at the dishonesty of Barack Obama's words on the national debt on David Letterman. Obama has done nothing to address the debt and simply refuses to talk about what he'd do in a second term. And does anyone believe that he doesn't have a sense of what our national debt is. And what about Obama's claim that the debt is not a short term problem? His performance on Letterman leads Hinderaker to wonder if "Barack Obama America's most dishonest politician?"
At least, we’d better hope he is a world class liar, because if he really has no idea what the national debt is, we are in even worse trouble.
George Will imagines what a presidential candidate opposing Obama would say if he really respected American voters.
“I am not running to be your friend, because I hope you pick your friends from among people you actually know and for reasons unrelated to politics. And I will not insult your intelligence by claiming to feel your pain, which really is yours. Neither will I tell you that as president I would pacify distant mobs. I am running just to make government somewhat less destructive, to partially ameliorate the country’s largest afflictions and to make the world a bit less dangerous.

“My candidacy comes down to an eight-word question, and it is not ‘Will you call me about your tummy ache?’ Rather, it is: ‘Is this really the best we can do?’ It is difficult to prevent Americans from briskly creating wealth, but bad choices by both parties have done so. My opponent is making many promises, although a simple apology would suffice. My promise is that although I will not really create millions of jobs, I will, if Congress cooperates, remove some of the obstacles to your doing so.

“If you want a president who is the center of a government-centered society, pick the other fellow. If you endorse a dependency agenda — more and more people dependent in more and more ways on a government fewer and fewer are paying for — vote for the other party. If you do not share my opponent’s horror about being mostly on your own in the pursuit of happiness that you define on your own, give me a try. If it doesn’t work out, you can fire me in four years.”
Works for me.

In the Obama campaign vision, we can now be 50 states of Obama. The hubris is so creepy.

Matt Lewis recommends that the Romney campaign make ads using testimonials of some of the people who spoke at the GOP convention of how Romney had helped them personally. Most people didn't see those speeches since they weren't in the 10:00 hour. So edit them down into a shorter version and start running them.

Jay Cost has some recommendations for Romney based on the campaigns of James K. Polk, William McKinley, and George W. Bush.