Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cruising the Web

Another example of Congress playing it blind as they look ready to pass a continuing resolution to fund the Post Office without ending Saturday delivery as the Postmaster General has said is necessary to bring some order back to the Post Office's budget. Politicians might like to pretend that we can have everything everyone wants the federal government to pay for, but it just is not possible. If more of our political leaders could face that fundamental reality, we'd be a lot better off.

Which makes this statement by Calvin Coolidge that Ed Driscoll quotes from Amity Shlaes' new Coolidge biography more and more apt.
“Isn’t it a strange thing that in every period of social unrest men have the notion that they can pass a law and suspend the operation of economic law?”
How true is that for what we're experiencing around the world today?

Mickey Kaus has a scary look at how Obama is pursuing a legacy of increased power and influence even after he's gone from the White House. I just wonder if he really is interested in exercising such long-time influence or if he'd be happy with a celebrity and leisure-filled retirement.

Larry Sabato and Kyle Kondik look at the possibilities of the Democrats retaking the House in 2014 and find that history and the demographics of midterm elections are against them. In the Senate, the Republicans would have to just about run the table to retake the Senate and their history of picking bad nominees could work against them.

Politico takes a similar look at the Senate races in 2014 and the message for Republicans is to stop running such lousy candidates. If only it were so easy to do that.

This is not an auspicious poll result for Florida.

Tim Carney looks at how the Democrats new proposed Senate budget sends money to big corporations.

Damon Root at Reason corrects the smear against Clarence Thomas that he's just a "house Negro" doing the bidding of Justice Scalia. It's an insulting and simplistic charge that ignores how Justice Thomas follows in the tradition of Frederick Douglass as he considers African-American history in cases ranging from cross-burning to campaign finance reform to gun control. Just because he does not accept the pieties of liberal racial interest groups does not mean that he is unconcerned with civil rights and the tragic history of African Americans.

NBC reports on the new American energy boom. Now if only regulators won't kill the golden goose.