We shouldn't elect presidents "to make history." Hasn't Obama's presidency proved what a fallacy that is?
Not only do our public employees in the federal government earn way more than workers with similar jobs and backgrounds in the private sector; they also earn a lot more than similar employees in 18 other developed countries.
Steven Hayward is re-reading Bernard Bailyn's excellent history of the beliefs and principles of the revolutionary generation, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, and is struck by the idea that blogs are our modern-day equivalent of the pamphlets that Americans were reading in the period leading up to the Revolution. I have long held a somewhat related belief - I think blogs are the modern equivalent of the committees of correspondence which revolutionary leaders used to communicate with those in other colonies about what the British were doing and to coordinate action.
So the guy who admitted that he
A couple of high-level IRS workers live in Texas but commute to D.C. by plane. And guess who gets to pay for that?
Kim Kardashian's mom slams Obama for his hypocrisy in criticizing Kim and Kanye's conspicuous consumption.
Jim Geraghty reminds us of the "wild hype-to-accomplishment ratio" of Cory Booker. And how did such a master of public relations get himself in such a "dumb money mess" with his internet startup and with not reporting the payouts from his former law firms?
Bret Stephens has some fun with the idea that Britain should give back Gibraltar. Why stop there? Practically every nation has land that they could be giving back to some other country or peoples. No one's borders should be sacrosanct. Given that this year is the 400-year anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht that gave Gibraltar to Britain, which country's borders would be able to withstand scrutiny for the past 400 years?
As James Taranto writes, Oprah Winfrey is not Rosa Parks.
John Hawkins presents 11 liberal rules for racism in America. These are very accurate.
It's not good when a writer from The Atlantic says that the President spoke to us as if we were "precocious children."
So Jane Austen is going to replace Charles Darwin on the 10-pound note. I'm not sure why it has to be one or the other. But the real scandal is that they quote Miss Bingley on the note. That's just not right no matter what the quote is.
Here's what seems like a true win:win - a restaurant bans tipping and the waiters are happier and the service improves.