Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Cruising the Web

The EPA has a cute type of thinking. They are requiring companies to use cellulosic ethanol or purchase waiver credits for refusing to comply with the mandate. The only problem is that the cellulosic ethanol industry hasn't produced any product. But the EPA is still forcing companies to buy waivers for a product that doesn't exist. Fortunately, a panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the EPA is exceeding its authority or as the WSJ writes, the EPA cannot have a policy of 'Do a good job, cellulosic biofuel producers. If you fail, we'll fine your customers.'"

Background checks are all the rage for buying guns, but the EEOC doesn't want businesses to make criminal background checks when they hire new employees even though they don't have any data to prove that such checks have a disparate impact on races. It just seems to the EEOC that such checks would be a good thing.

There are two more federal appellate court hearings to be argued in March about Obama recess appointments. It will be interesting to see if different appellate courts come up with different rulings from last week's D.C. Circuit Court ruling declaring Obama's recess appointments to the NLRB.

President Obama would well to study the history of collective action by western nations. He'd discover that its benefits are quite limited.

We're at the second anniversary of the so-called Arab Spring. Right now it seems that the result is to throw out secular dictators and replace them with religious dictators. Not much of a spring, is it?

How convenient that the Obama campaign group solicits contributions from corporations such as Comcast, Dow Chemical, Duke Energy. So why wouldn't Comcast donate to Organizing for America, the group that morphed from Obama's campaign group? After all, Comcast owns NBC which has been making in-kind contributions to Obama for years.

We're facing a true mismatch between the number of college graduates and the number of jobs available that require a college degree. Meanwhile, we have a shortage of skilled labor to fill jobs such as for plumbers, electricians, and carpenters. At some point people have to wonder if the cost of college outweighs its benefits for certain students and whether the federal government should be doing so much to subsidize people going to college to get degrees that won't lead to jobs that need those degrees.