Monday, May 06, 2013

Cruising the Web

The Obama administration, with the help of the media, very successfully stonewalled investigations and coverage of what should have been huge and damaging scandals: Fast and Furious and Benghazi. That stonewalling got them past the election, but gradually the truth is coming out about, as Weekly Standard , CBS, and CNN report, how they misled the public about Benghazi and, as a federal agent testifies, about how the administration was "intentionally letting guns go to Mexico. And now the allegations by the whistleblowers who will be testifying before the House this week are directly targeting Hillary Clinton's efforts to ensure that the attacks on Benghazi were not linked to terrorism.

The NYT exposes how the President's present weakness on Syria goes back to an off-the-cuff remark that Obama made in a press conference back in August. Obama comes off as an unthinking amateur. Even members of his administration acknowledge now that his bluff about a "red line" was a mistake. Their true attitude is that it shouldn't matter to us whether or not a ruler uses sarin on his own people. As John Steele Gordon writes, "Well, now we know why he needs a teleprompter."

Michael Barone has some intelligent recommendations concerning the immigration bill to concentrate on tomorrow's issues rather than yesterday's.

Where do people involved in public scandals go to make a living after being forced to retire? Well, they can always get a job at a university.

Kirsten Powers has a powerful column arguing that the abortion rights supporters have become like the NRA of the left fighting against any regulation of abortion clinics or of late-term abortions as if that would be a slippery slope to the end to abortion.
Speaking as a liberal who endorses more government regulation of practically everything—banks, water, air, food, oil drilling, animal safety—I am eternally perplexed by the fury the abortion rights contingent displays at the suggestion that the government might have a serious role to play in the issue of abortion, especially later-term abortion. More and more, the abortion rights community has become the NRA of the left: unleashing their armies of supporters and lobbyists in opposition to regulations or restrictions that the majority of Americans support. In the same way the NRA believes background checks will lead to the government busting down your door to confiscate your guns, the abortion rights movement conjures a straight line from parental consent to a complete ban on abortion.

Such an attitude makes having an honest conversation about abortion almost impossible. That is just one of the many reasons I hate talking about it. Additionally, there is no upside in our media culture to challenging this sacred cow. More likely, there is a price to be paid, which is why so few people take it on. However, I cannot legitimately say I am a person who cherishes human rights—the animating issue of my life and a frequent topic of my writing—and remain silent about our country’s legally endorsing infanticide.
Whatever you might think about the NRA comparison, that is an allegation that should resonate among those on the left. They have to answer for their opposition to government regulation and inspections of abortion clinics. And at some point, we should all answer why six inches of the birth canal should matter in whether killing a baby is a legal abortion or an illegal murder.

Now companies are moving to Britain to take advantage of lower corporate taxes. But liberal policy-makers can't seem to understand the unintended consequences of higher tax rates.

PETA makes itself even more ridiculous as it criticizes Chris Christie for the barbarity of killing a spider in front of a group of fourth graders.

Now drinking champagne is good for your health. I can drink to that.

Ross Douthat explores what I've always thought policy for those who lack health insurance should center on - catastrophic coverage.

Oh, those poor rich folks who can't get by on $1.6 million a year.

Victor Davis Hanson ponders the "baffling logic" of Barack Obama.

Thomas Sowell bemoans how today's academicians are failing to teach students how to search out and weigh evidence for themselves.

For teachers unions, the ultimate sin is for a charter to be successful teaching the same sorts of students they fail to teach in the regular public schools.

John Kerry wants to move on from Benghazi. Were Democrats at all willing to "move on" from the Abu Ghraib story?