Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Cruising the Web

Democrats are starting to really worry about the power of GOP ads featuring people who've lost their health insurance due to Obama. Yup. It hurts to find out the real people that they have harmed.

Wow. Rolling Stone goes all out in demanding full communism.

Mark Thiessen explains how Obamacare and Obama's bragging about having a "pen and a phone" are damaging all hope of an immigration reform bill.
For the next quarter-century, any time a liberal politician proposes a big-government program, all conservatives will have to say to discredit it is: “It’s just another Obamacare.”
A new study from Brookings Institution, a liberal think tank, finds that Obamacare is going to harm many of the very people it was meant to help.

Advocates of green energy mandates and subsidies are the real deniers.

Whoa. There are a whole lot of reasons why college athletes aren't going to be able to unionize.

Is Piers Morgan going to apologize for spreading a racist hoax?

Lorne Michaels says that Republicans are much better at taking ridicule of themselves on SNL than Democrats. Democrats don't seem to expect that their pals will turn on them.

John Aloysius Farrell writes that politics have changed so much that Obama can't work Congress the way that Lyndon Johnson did. Maybe so, but he hasn't even tried.

Why and how Bill Clinton and Barack Obama achieved rapprochement.

Kevin Williamson discusses what Democratic policies have done to Detroit.
Detroit represents nothing less than progressivism in its final stage of decadence: Worried that unionized public-sector workers are looting your city? Detroit is already bankrupt, unable to provide basic services expected of it — half the streetlights don’t work, transit has been reduced, neighborhoods go unpatrolled. Worried that public-sector unions are ruining your schools? Detroit’s were ruined a generation or more ago, the results of which are everywhere to be seen in the city. Worried that Obamacare is going to ruin our health-care markets? General-practice physicians are hard to find in Detroit, and those willing to accept Medicaid — which covers a great swath of Detroit’s population — are rarer still. Worried about the permissive culture? Four out of five of Detroit’s children are born out of wedlock. Worried that government is making it difficult for businesses to thrive? Many people in Detroit have to travel miles to find a grocery store. This is the endgame of welfare economics: What good is Medicaid if there are no doctors? What good are food stamps where there is no food? What good are “free” schools if you’re so afraid to send your children there that you feel it prudent to arm them first?

Detroit is what Democrats do. The last Republican elected mayor of Detroit took office during the Eisenhower administration. The decay of Detroit is not the inevitable outcome of the decline of the automotive industry: The automotive industry is thriving in the United States — but not in Detroit. It isn’t white flight: The black middle class has left Detroit as fast as it can. The model of Detroit politics is startlingly familiar in its fundamentals, distinguished only by its degree of advancement: Advance the interests of public-sector unions and politically connected business cronies, expand the relative size of the public sector remorselessly — and when opposed, cry “Racism!” When people vote with their feet, cry “Racism!” When the budget just won’t balance, cry “Racism!” Never mind that the current mayor of Detroit is the first non–African American to hold that job since the 1970s, or that, as one Detroit News columnist put it, “black nationalism . . . is now the dominant ideology of the [city] council” — somewhere, there must be a somebody else to blame, preferably: aged, portly, white, male, and Republican....

The result of all that municipal “investment”? For children newborn through age 18, Detroit sees 120 deaths per 100,000 each year — a rate 26 percent higher than second-place child-killer Philadelphia. That’s nearly two and a half times the rate in Los Angeles, which isn’t exactly a leafy suburban paradise. Every time our progressive friends come to us with another idea for transferring wealth from the productive economy to them and their friends, they scold us: “Think of the children!” But those who resist their efforts to do to the country at large what they have done to Detroit are thinking of the children.