Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cruising the Web

I hope you all had a restful President's Day, even though there is no such holiday as President's Day. I still remember those halcyon days of my youth growing up in Illinois when we celebrated both Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays and got two days off in February.

Not only are the murderers not Muslim, but the victims are not Christians. At least this administration is consistent in its linguistic blinders. I guess this was just a random beheading.

Three leading Democrats are worried about the tax penalties that Americans are facing by not having signed up for Obamacare. Gee, maybe they should have thought about that before they voted a bill that penalized people for not having insurance.

Why Hillary Clinton isn't the favorite for 2016.

Why Marco Rubio has the most to lose in running for the nomination.

One way that Obama holds second place to FDR - the amount of debt he is leaving the country.

Oh, that's an unfortunate choice for the town to open a Run Warren Run office in Iowa.

Glenn Reynolds explains the benefits of having a president who didn't attend college.
Though Walker attended Marquette University, he left before graduating, which has caused some finger-wagging from the usual journalistic suspects. After all, they seem to believe, everyone they know has a college degree, so it must be essential to getting ahead. As the successful governor of an important state, you'd think that Walker's subsequent career would make his college degree irrelevant, but you'd be wrong.

And that's why a President Walker would accomplish something worthwhile the moment he took office. Over the past few years in America, a college degree has become something valued more as a class signifier than as a source of useful knowledge. When Democratic spokesman Howard Dean (who himself was born into wealth) suggested that Walker's lack of a degree made him unsuitable for the White House, what he really meant was that Walker is "not our kind, dear" — lacking the credential that many elite Americans today regard as essential to respectable status.
But, as Reynolds goes on to explain, a college degree doesn't mean as much as so many people think it does. Those without a degree shouldn't be ashamed of that lack.
But without much reason, as many college degrees don't signify much besides a limited ability to show up on time most of the time, and avoid getting so falling-down-drunk that you flunk out. Nor does attendance at college necessarily even produce a leg up economically. Some studies suggest that attending college can actually increase economic inequality, as graduates emerge with no better prospects of employment, but heavy student loan debt. Many students also don't learn much: In Academically Adrift, a study by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, researchers found that 36% of students "did not demonstrate any significant improvement in learning" over four years of college.

But the college degree — especially a degree from an elite school — has become an entry-level ticket into the educated mandarinate. In his important book, The New Class Conflict, Joel Kotkin calls it the "clerisy" — that now dominates government, journalism and academia. And as a result, an America that once prided itself on real-world achievement and practical good sense now runs largely on credentials.
What is important is what someone accomplishes in his or her life and clearly not having a degree hasn't held Walker back from being twice elected governor of Wisconsin as well as surviving a recall effort. What more would he have learned in that final year he skipped that would have made him so much more qualified than going to work for the Red Cross?

The NYT has issued a correction of the Gail Collins column blaming Scott Walker for making cuts to education funding that actually happened before he became governor. John McCormack explains the mistake.
As you can see in the excerpt above, Collins is talking about teacher layoffs that occurred in 2010. Walker did not become governor until 2011.

The truth is that Walker's reforms actually saved teachers' jobs. Right before the 2012 Wisconsin recall election, Walker's Democratic opponent Tom Barrett couldn't name a single school that had been hurt by Walker's policies. When Walker's 2014 Democratic opponent Mary Burke was asked to name any schools hurt by Walker's collective bargaining reform, she relayed an anecdote she'd heard secondhand about one school. Burke's story didn't check out, and the superintendent of that school wrote a letter telling Burke she didn't know what she was talking about.
It was a stupid mistake, but think how awesome it would be to have a president who could go back in time and make spending cuts from before he even took office. Now that is a candidate I could fully support.

Oh, so typical. On his way out of office surrounded by scandal, Governor Kitzhaber's aides tried to get thousands of his emails destroyed.

Do you commonly see campaign signs at weddings? Apparently, waving Hillary signs at the wedding of a Politico reporter was no big deal.

Remember all those claims about how Obamacare would bring down federal spending. It was ludicrous at the time and still is.
If there were a contest for the biggest lie in Washington over the past 30 years, it would be hard to compete with President Obama’s boast that he would put 30 million more Americans on Medicaid and Obamacare subsidies, and this would reduce the budget deficit. That’s got to be right up there with President Clinton declaring, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

A new Congressional Budget Office report has blown the lid off the Obama whopper fib. The Congressional Budget Office reports that through the first four months of fiscal 2015, federal spending is rising at an 8.2 percent clip. Most components of spending are relatively flat and national defense outlays — the most important function of government — are falling. Still, one area accounts for almost the entire budget blowout: Obamacare.

Medicaid spending is up a stratospheric 23 percent so far this year thanks to massive new enrollments. In addition, the $7 billion in Obamacare “exchange subsidies” so far this year brings the rise in costs of the “Affordable” Care Act to nearly 30 percent. In one year. And in an era of almost no inflation. Obamacare has turned out to be, just as feared, the largest expansion of government since the Great Society.

This stampede of rising health costs was so predictable that most budget experts acknowledged — even liberals, privately — costs would spike when the new health law insurance subsidies kicked in. It had to happen. How could we possibly put tens of millions more Americans on Medicaid and other taxpayer assistance and also save money at the same time? It was a laughable claim that Team Obama somehow reiterated time and again — and they even managed to keep a straight face.

And this is a president who lectures Republicans in Congress about “simple math.”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/feb/15/stephen-moore-affordable-care-act-isnt-affordable/#ixzz3Rxfy0jwn
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This shouldn't be allowed.
Almost half of the bills introduced in the last Congress authorized spending tax dollars, but not specifically how many dollars. Instead, the proposals simply provided that "such sums as necessary" should be spent.

All 20 congressmen who most frequently used the "such sums as necessary" formulation are liberals and among the most ardent proponents of expanding the federal government. House Republicans were advised by their leaders not to use the phrase, but some of them ignored the advice.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed "Democratic socialist," led the list as the sponsor of 19 such bills.

This is the best news of my week so far.