Monday, December 03, 2012

Cruising the Web

The New Republic recommends to the Democrats that they don't do away with the filibuster. It won't do them much good while the GOP controls the House.

Mark Steyn portrays our fiscal cliff drama as our modern version of The Perils of Pauline. And the prospect is not good.
You cannot simultaneously enjoy American-sized taxes and European-sized government. One or the other has to go.
Guess which is more likely to be tossed?

Conn Carroll pinpoints the two turning points of Obama's presidency when he had the opportunity to bring Republicans aboard for a grand compromise and decided instead to go the full partisan route. And thus we'll have no reform of entitlements or taxes, but some sort of band-aid put over our gaping fiscal wounds. Obama will be like Louis XV - "Après lui, le déluge"

And Robert Samuelson explains, once again, why we need to reform entitlements and chides Democrats for saying that Social security should be off the table.

Michael Barone ponders the statistics that an increasing percentage of American workers are living on disability rather than working.

George Will describes the sad situation on college campuses where the principle of free speech is fast fading away.

Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham argue for the Republicans' least bad alternative to going over the fiscal cliff - they should endorse the Simpson-Bowles plan. I agree. It is not ideal, but at least it would seriously address many of our problems and it has that golden bipartisan imprimatur.

Guess what happens when a country raises taxes substantially on the very rich? Britain is finding out - they leave the country.

Apparently psychologists are concerned that both men and women like gentlemanly behavior or, as they term it, "benevolent sexism" and therefore society needs to work harder to end it.