Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cruising the Web

Bobby Jindal explains how the Obama administration proposes policies that help students at elite colleges while making things more difficult for students at community colleges and for-profit colleges, which educate more minority and low-income students.

Byron York takes apart Eugene Robinson's attempt to show that opponents to Obama are racist because they carry signs saying "Take Back Our Country." York reminds us of all the Democrats who used that as a slogan against Bush.

Meanwhile, Noemie Emery ponders the weird logic that Democrats use in order to find Republicans racist.
Racism, it seems, is a mutable element that rises and falls with President Obama's fortunes, receding to a small sliver of cranks in the early months of 2009, before he had a chance to mess up much of anything, then welling up again when he began pushing health care, and reaching gale force in the 2010 midterms, causing a massive resurgence of Ku Klux Klan sentiment that elected record numbers of non-white Republicans to high statewide office, and completely took over states such as Wisconsin, where Confederate feelings have always run high.
And if the war on minorities doesn't work as a defense of all things liberal, they can always bring in the war on women, unless those women are ones who are losing their health care policies under Obamacare or running against Democrats.

Ron Fournier is getting downright cranky about President Obama. Today he takes on Obama's attempt to blame just Republicans for rigidity in blocking policies that Democrats wants to enact.

George Neumayr explains how the Obama administration has come to depend on the media as the "fourth branch of government."
All of this contributes to a picture of an administration that is hopelessly superficial, dishonest, and incompetent. It also exposes Obama’s ideology as false: the federal government is clearly too big to know and too dysfunctional to control if he can only keep up to date on its failures through news accounts.

The admission, however, is typical of an administration that addresses problems not according to their intrinsic seriousness but according to the extent to which the media notices them. If CNN hadn’t covered the scandal at the V.A., all those internal government reports upon which the coverage drew would cease to matter to Obama.

Obama sees himself as the progressive trailblazer too busy making “history” to descend into the mundane details of his own government.
A CNN anchor makes an embarrassingly stupid statement on air.

What to do when an objective performance review process shows that nonunion and white workers do better than unionized and minorities? Well dump the standards, of course!

While putting veterans on secret waiting lists, the VA has not spent all the money allocated to it for medical care.
Despite liberal claims that VA needs more funding, based on a report from the labor union the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) that VA is underfunded, the scandal-plagued department actually has a surplus in medical-care funding.

VA expects to carry over $450 million in medical-care funding from fiscal year 2014 to fiscal year 2015. VA received its full requested medical care appropriation of $54.6 billion this fiscal year, which is more than $10 billion more than it received four years ago.

This is part of an ongoing trend.

VA carried over $1.449 billion in medical-care funding from fiscal year 2010 to 2011, $1.163 billion from fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2012, $637 million from fiscal year 2012 to 2013, and $543 million from fiscal year 2013 to 2014.

Walter Williams takes a look at what public-school teachers are learning about how to incorporate the idea of "white privilege" into school curricula. It's amazing stuff.