Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cruising the Web

The Democrats can't run and they can't hide when it comes to running on Obamacare. They are being forced to claim that they want to fix the program, but they don't have any ideas on how to fix the very fundamental problems with the policy. All they have is the hope that Obama can postpone the most damaging parts of the policy until after election. Some platform, eh?

Liam Neeson calls on Mayor de Blasio to man up.

Megan McArdle explains how Obamacare is hurting unions.

Putin is facing a lot more problems than what to do in the Ukraine.

Explaining why it costs twice as much to build infrastructure in the United States as in the next most expensive country. It's all very depressing.

Hmmm. Why would Nancy Pelosi be so resistant to having an inspector general in place to keep an eye on Obamacare. Is there something different about the implementation of Obamacare than from the 73 inspectors general throughout the executive branch who are tasked with looking for waste, fraud, and inefficiency and then reporting back to Congress?

Thomas Sowell explains the left's battle against charter schools that help minority children.
Why such hostility to schools that have succeeded in educating minority students, where so many others have failed?

Some of the opposition to charter schools has been sheer crass politics. The teachers' unions see charter schools as a threat to their members' jobs, and politicians respond to the money and the votes that teachers' unions can provide.
The net result is that public schools are often run as if their main function is to provide jobs to teachers. Whether the children get a decent education is secondary, at best.

In various parts of the country, educators who have succeeded in raising the educational level of minority children to the national average -- or above -- have faced hostility, harassment or have even been driven out of their schools.

Not all charter schools are successful, of course, but the ones that are completely undermine the excuses for failure in the public school system as a whole. That is why teachers' unions hate them, as a threat not only to their members' jobs but a threat to the whole range of frauds and fetishes in the educational system.

The autonomy of charter schools is also a threat to the powers that be, who want to impose their own vision on the schools, regardless of what the parents want. Attorney General Eric Holder wants to impose his own notion of racial balance in the schools, while many black parents want their children to learn, regardless of whether they are seated next to a white child or a black child. There have been all-black schools whose students met or exceeded national norms in education, whether in Louisiana, California or other places around the country. But Eric Holder, like Bill de Blasio, put his ideology above the education -- and the future life -- of minority students.

Charter schools take power from politicians and bureaucrats, letting parents decide where their children will go to school. That is obviously offensive to those on the left, who think that our betters should be making our decisions for us.

Ron Fournier is getting increasingly cranky with President Obama even though he agrees with Obama's policies.
Ukraine is illustrative of a flaw in Obama's worldview that consistently undermines his agenda, both foreign and domestic. He thinks being right is good enough. From fights with Congress over the federal budget and his nominations, to gun control, immigration reform, health care, and Syria, the president displays tunnel-vision conviction, an almost blinding righteousness. I'm right. They're wrong. Why isn't that enough?

With such certitude, Obama finds it hard to see why anybody would oppose him, which makes it almost impossible to earn new allies. He's also slow to realize when some fault lies with him. The result is Obama's legacy of "Right, but …" moments.
There's a mystery behind the redacted report on Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove group that the Democrats in the FEC want to force to reveal all its donors.

So the Democrats spent the night bemoaning climate change in a chamber in which they have control and could bring up any bill they would like. Why aren't they doing so? Why didn't they do so when they had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate in 2009-2010? Maybe the answer lies in the fact that none of the senators facing tough campaigns this year made an appearance at the purposeless talk-a-thon.

Nurses union workers oppose building a new hospital that will help patients and employ a lot of nurses simply because the donor is a Koch.

It's rather remarkable that doing tough, Emmy-winning investigative reporting on the Obama administration is regarded within CBS as being politically biased. Did CBS have the same attitude towards tough reporting on President Bush?

It figures that the Obama administration would be going after the one part of Medicare that has been working to lower costs and which seniors are satisfied with.