Thursday, July 18, 2013

Cruising the Web

President Obama is just too precious. Now he's threatening a veto for legislation delaying the employer mandate even though his administration unilaterally already went ahead and did so. I suspect he doesn't want any indication that this delay needed congressional action. He wants to preserve his ability to just do whatever he wants to regardless of the law. As Philip Klein writes,
This move isn’t terribly surprising. If Obama were to support the House employer mandate legislation, it would be seen as a tacit acknowledgement that he acted outside of his authority by issuing a regulatory delay of the mandate. And if he were to waive the individual mandate as well, it would increase the risk that not enough young and healthy people would sign up for insurance to help offset the cost of covering older and sicker Americans, crippling the law.

That said, it’s an incredibly arrogant attitude toward power for Obama to suggest he can arbitrarily rewrite the law by waving his regulatory wand with one hand, and then wave his veto pen with the other when Congress asserts its Constitutional authority to make changes to the law.
I'm sure that everyone is shocked to find out that the New York Times' position on reforming the filibuster depends on which party controls the Senate.

Imagine this: you can use Twitter to get yourself out of Purgatory. This is the state of indulgences in the 21st century.

Ben Bernanke testified before Congress is that Obamacare is leading some employers to hire part-time workers to avoid the mandate. That's sort of a Duh! observation, but the common sense of that conclusion apparently eluded the Democrats as they crafted this monstrosity. The Chamber of Congress is estimating that 74% of small businesses, because of Obamacare, are already planning to fire workers, cut the number of full-time staff, or shift workers to part-time due. Even if that estimate is cut in half, it's still a deep concern. Bernanke was circumspect in blaming the health care bill for the large numbers of part-time employment in today's workforce, but it's clearly a concern for anyone whose full-time job is not guaranteed.

Paul Krugman is the "mean girl" of economics.

Can a mayor with the chutzpah to grab women and "stick his tongue" down their throats have enough chutzpah to remain in office? Democratic Mayor Filner of San Diego is sure trying but I don't think any explanation of being an enthusiastic hugger is going to hack it.

The Democrats may come to regret allowing themselves to get on the wrong side of a wedge issue refusing to ban even 1% of abortions. They might be able to sell this as a war on women, but a lot of people will see opposition to a ban on late term abortions as a war on babies.

Mark Oppenheimer, writing in the New Republic, wonders when liberals became so Puritanical. He traces their uptight stress back to the Progressive movement - the source of so much unintended consequences in American history.

Someone actually took advice from Joe Biden.

Another defeat for Obama's recess appointments to the NLRB.

Here is some research school districts should pay attention to regarding teenagers and their circadian rhythms when it comes to what time school should start. My school begins at 9:00 am and I consider that a big plus for the students (and teachers). Of course, in big school districts with hundreds of bus routes, it becomes impossible to have high schools start that late because the buses need to deliver the older kids to school and then turn around to get the younger kids. One more advantage to charter schools.