Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cruising the Web

People in North Carolina are upset about remarks that our new governor, Pat McCrory, made saying that the government shouldn't be subsidizing college programs that don't lead to jobs. There is a lot of huffing and puffing about the value of a liberal arts education and that the value of college doesn't necessarily come from how well it prepares a student for a job. That may well be so. After all, I'm the holder of a degree in Slavic linguistics, not a major that did much to get me a job. However, the question isn't whether or not a liberal arts education is worthwhile, but whether the taxpayers should be subsidizing it. There are lots of ideas that are worthwhile, but we don't have unlimited funds for them. In a world where government revenue is limited, should subsidizing a university system regardless of how well it prepares students for the real work world be a priority that crowds out other spending priorities?

The NYT notices that strict gun laws haven't lead to any decrease in gun violence in Chicago. Hmmm. Imagine that.

Daniel Foster notices all the reasons why Harry Reid is not having a lot of success these days as Majority Leader.

Contrast how the Obama administration met a court decision they didn't like with how Lincoln met the Dred Scott decision.

Quite a few states led by Republicans are considering tax reform changes in their state systems. We're going to see some real laboratories for democracy.

In Hillary Clinton's view, Republicans who are too partisan are similar to extremists who carried out the attack on our consulate in Benghazi.

Ed Morrissey thinks that the Senate Gang of Eight drank the President's milkshake.

Hostess Twinkies may be returning to your supermarket shelves.

Maybe it's time to start loving the sequestration.

I was just teaching yesterday about the election of 1912 when the Republican vote split between William Howard Taft and Teddy Roosevelt and so Woodrow Wilson won election. I showed the kids a cartoon from the time wondering if the Republican Party was dead and over. As they laughed at that idea, I told them that I've lived long enough to have heard such musings about both the Republicans and Democrats after election defeats and they always come back. There are cycles in politics just as there are in economics. Peter Ferrara looks back over the past 50 years of election history to make that same point and encourage Republicans to not be so glum.