Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cruising the Web

Abe Greenwald has a thoughtful post on the difference between righteousness and self-righteousness. He concludes,
The Obama years are the years of hope and shame. That’s what’s left once you’ve hollowed out the space traditionally occupied by informed debate. Liberals, led by the president, merely hope that gun laws and background checks will stem gun violence. There’s no debating the merits. So when people disagree, it can only be attributed to shameful intentions, not thoughtful misgivings about effectiveness. Liberals hope that expanding the welfare state will do more good for more people. The facts of Europe don’t apply. So when conservatives disagree it’s because they’re shamefully indifferent to human suffering, not concerned about an unsustainable initiative. Obama hopes we’re no longer in a war on terror but engaged in a cleaner-sounding war on al-Qaeda. If you think a recent string of terrorism attempts in America demonstrates otherwise, shame on you. Without self-righteousness liberals have no case.
Obama's crony capitalism just hasn't achieved much at all. But it sounded nice and that really was all that mattered.

We spend over $150 million a year to pay union leaders for federal employees. And why should their salaries be paid by taxpayers?

That whole soft power idea just isn't working, is it?

Glenn Reynolds expresses my views - when in doubt "give the tie to freedom."

So is the DNC using the Boston Marathon bombing to gain email addresses? It sure sounds like it.

This is what we get from the UN's human rights "Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967" - a statement by Richard Falk that Bostonians died as a result of Bush and Obama's violence against others and their support of Israel. As he writes about the Boston Marathon attack, “How many canaries will have to die before we awaken from our geopolitical fantasy of global domination?”

The administration is still playing politics with the sequestration with the FAA giving furloughs to air-traffic controllers instead of on other less vital employees or money they spend on consultants. There is no attempt to prioritize the effects of sequestration even though the Department of Transportation has that flexibility.
Not that taxpayers should have a lot of confidence in the ability of Messrs. Huerta and LaHood to prioritize. On Monday, as flight delays were hitting travelers at airports around the country due to these allegedly unavoidable cuts, the top story on the Department of Transportation's website announced a $474 million grant program that promises to "make communities more livable and sustainable."

How about awarding grants to the control towers at Hartsfield and O'Hare? The community of air travelers would likely agree that sitting in a departure lounge at Newark Airport may be livable, but it's not sustainable.