Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Cruising the Web

Claire Berlinski explains five myths about Margaret Thatcher. George Will praises her "vigorous virtues" while Mark Steyn celebrates her fight against the supposedly irreversible decline of Britain. Paul Johnson writes that "not since Catherine the Great has there been a woman of such consequence." David Ignatius marvels at how she was truly a transformational figure. Andrew Roberts examines how the principles she stood for are still relevant to the debates today. Watching the clips of her speaking and the obituaries for her, I can't help wishing we had someone of her strength of character around today. And, as always, I wish we had the equivalent of Parliament's question time in our Congress.

Chris Cillizza argues that the Senate has become more like the House when it comes to partisanship and the lack of collegiality. I think this trend has been going on for a long time and it's a myth to look back to some sort of golden age of collegiality. Do we really long for the gentleman's club when southern Democrats blocked civil rights legislation for decades but did it with good manners?

What could be a more stark statement of how MSNBC views the world than their ad touting Melissa Harris-Perry stating that we have to get past the "private notion of children, your kid is yours and totally your responsibility"? Erick Erickson explodes this sophistry.

This is a handy explanation of how politicians manipulate the CBO projections to make it look like there will be more deficit reduction than there actually would be.

Lee Habeeb and Mike Leven contrast what government investment in inventing the first airplane achieved compared to the private enterprise of the Wright Brothers. And when the government lost the race, they tried to rewrite history and steal the credit.

Continuing the myth of the wage gap between men and women, Obama declares today "National Equal Pay Day."

Would banning 'high-capacity magazines' really make a difference or is it just a feel-good proposition that would actually accomplish nothing?