Monday, January 27, 2014

Cruising the Web

The Washington Post looks at how the President and his advisers are looking to how Obama can govern without depending on Congress. The upshot seems to be that he will try to do more through executive orders and to travel around and give more speeches. And this is news how? Sounds like the same old, same old.

John Fund describes how Obama's politically-motivated dithering over the Keystone XL pipeline has actually harmed the environment.
The irony is that this delay on Keystone has probably harmed the environment. Domestic oil production has increased by 50 percent since Obama took office, due to the technology revolution in the petroleum industry. Increasingly, as North Dakota Republican John Hoeven says, companies are “forced to deliver their product by rail because they don’t have the pipelines.” In the last ten months, there has been an average of one large oil spill a month because of rail accidents. One in Quebec last July killed 47 people and decimated an entire town.

Pipelines are inherently safer than rail for transporting oil because they can bypass population centers and fragile ecosystems; rail often rolls through major cities such as Chicago and Philadelphia and has to follow routes laid down 150 years ago.
But don't expect logic and evidence to persuade Obama to go against his radical environmentalist supporters.

Of course, the day of a big pipeline explosion in Manitoba that is affecting parts of the United States might not be the best time for making that argument.

Politico profiles George P. Bush.

With all the bad publicity on the deceptions on her personal biography, Wendy Davis is trying to remake herself as a gun rights advocate. The only problem is that she's not very good at pretending.
So, in a blazing red state like Texas, what’s an ambitious, take-no-prisoners, left-wing gal to do? Bring out the guns, of course. On Tuesday, Davis hastily “went country,” announcing her plans to strengthen gun rights by supporting, as the Associated Press reported, “legislation that allows workers to keep their guns in their vehicles at work.” Not bad, right? Well, no. Unfortunately for Wendy, as blogger Bryan Preston pointed out, similar legislation already passed in 2011—something she should know, as she voted for it at the time. (She also, for the record, pushed for gun control measures as a city councilor in Fort Worth, and told an interviewer last year she would do the same as governor. The NRA has given Davis an “F” grade.)

Jonah Goldberg wonders, "So what was the point of Obamacare again?"

So true that it shouldn't have to be said: "Big Labor didn't build the middle class."

The latest accusations by Democrats against Chris Christie keep falling apart.

How Obama's presidency has been bad for those in poverty.

Amen. It is time for College Board to act like the nonprofit it claims to be.

How the academic world exploits adjunct professors.

The next underprivileged class: non-equity partners in New York law firms.

Timothy P. Carney looks at the monumental hypocrisy of Chuck Schumer.

Californians are experiencing a drought brought to them by the Democrats. Charles C. W. Cook has more on how the Democrats and bureaucrats have destroyed one of the most fertile areas of the country.
And so nothing happens. Each year, farmers sit and wait — praying for rain, and hoping that the federal government will send them a few drops of water so that they do not have to leave perfectly good land fallow and tell their employees that this month there will be no work. Of all our present troubles, California’s farming woes are perhaps the most inexplicably sourced and the most easily fixed. Complacently convinced of their infallibility, legislators in the nation’s richest state have prostrated themselves at the feet of many silly ideas in recent years. But for authorities to have put the livelihood of millions of citizens at the mercy of a tiny little fish is almost too much to bear.