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Pro-Gun Absolutism From the Right

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 9th, 2013 11:08 pm by HL

Pro-Gun Absolutism From the Right
Will Marshall, The Daily Beast

Obama’s Second-Term Agenda Stalls
Howard Kurtz, The Daily Beast
I was listening to a couple of congressmen chat privately about the prospects for immigration reform, and they agreed that the time had come to roll out a bipartisan plan in the next week or two.What was striking was how optimistic they were that the Senate was on the verge of cutting a deal, which in turn would boost their efforts to pass a bill in John Boehner's House.

Hillary Clinton and the Experience Trap
Julian Zelizer, CNN
(CNN) — Hillary Clinton could be an excellent presidential candidate for the Democrats in 2016. After suffering through an extremely difficult loss in the primaries against Barack Obama, Clinton has managed to strengthen her resume.As secretary of state, she improved her standing on foreign policy and earned more respect among Democrats who had been skeptical of her positions ever since her vote on the resolution to authorize force in Iraq in 2002.

Thatcher & Reagan: Strong-Willed Leaders Allied
Tom Brokaw, Guardian
When Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were leading their countries in new directions during their respective terms in office, it was the strongest transatlantic partnership since the second world war – for, however much they differed in style, they shared the same vision.She was the feisty prime minister, a strong-willed and articulate contrarian. He was equally strong-willed, but in the more accommodating cloak of an Irish-American storyteller who was perfectly cast as president. For the movie, think Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy (or the magical Meryl Streep for both…

Debunking Krugman’s European Austerity Narrative

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 8th, 2013 11:08 pm by HL

Debunking Krugman’s European Austerity Narrative
Dan Mitchell, Cato
Statists are in a tough position. For years, they’ve been saying the United States should be more like Europe.And, as shown in these very funny cartoons by Michael Ramirez and Bob Gorrell, President Obama is a cheerleader for that effort.But now Europe’s welfare states are collapsing, so the left is scrambling to come up with some way of rationalizing their support for ever-growing levels of taxation and spending. 

NRA Fails Again on School Plan

We Need an IQ Test for Politicians
Glenn Reynolds, New York Post
While politicians talk about expanding background checks for gun owners, I’m starting to think that what we really need are IQ tests for political officeholders. The only problem is, that might leave us with a lot of vacancies in Congress and America’s statehouses.The debacle over New York’s rushed-through gun bill is one example of what happens when enthusiasm meets stupid. But another is to be found in Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), who supports a ban on full-capacity magazines without understanding what a magazine actually is.

America the War-Weary

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 7th, 2013 11:08 pm by HL

America the War-Weary
David Ignatius, Washington Post
ISTANBUL — Talking with members of Congress at a gathering here last week was an education in the public's wariness of new foreign entanglements — especially in Syria. It was a reminder that the post-Iraq era is only beginning, and that it may limit America's ability to exercise power for the next few years.The great advantage (and on occasion, disadvantage) of the House of Representatives is that its members are so close to their constituents. Most of them spend every nearly weekend back home in their districts. So they know what the public is thinking in a personal way…

Vitriol Infests Warren Family Grief
Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today

The Cultural Fight for Guns
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
One of the oddities of the gun-control debate—apart from ours being the only country that really has one—is that the gun side basically gave up on serious arguments about safety or self-defense or anything else a while ago. The old claims about the million—or was it two million? It kept changing—bad guys stopped by guns each year has faded under the light of scrutiny. Indeed, people who possess guns are almost five times more likely to be shot than those who don’t. (“A gun may falsely empower its possessor to overreact, instigating…

A Workforce With No Workers
Terry Keenan, New York Post

Mexico Becomes a Good Neighbor
Michael Barone, Washington Examiner
We Americans are lucky, though we seldom reflect on it, that we have good neighbors.In East Asia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines face challenges from China over islands they have long claimed in the East China Sea.In Europe, Germany and other prosperous nations face demands for subsidies from debt-ridden nations to avoid the collapse of the Euro.When Southern Europeans look across the Mediterranean, they see Muslim nations facing post-Arab spring upheaval and disorder.The United States has land borders with just two nations, Canada (on which more on another day) and Mexico,…

Bloomberg’s Liberal Ideas Lack Supporting Data

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 6th, 2013 11:08 pm by HL

Bloomberg’s Liberal Ideas Lack Supporting Data
Tim Carney, Examiner
When liberal nanny-staters infringe on their citizens' freedom to enjoy anything from soft drinks to semi-automatics, they often flatter themselves as being science-based technocrats. But look into the science behind these government intrusions and you'll find little to no evidence justifying the power grabs. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets the “technocrat” label in the media (Time magazine referred to his “technocratic, data-driven governing style”), and liberal outlets have touted his various impositions on New Yorkers' lives as “backed by…

How Machiavelli Saved My Family
Suzanne Evans, Wall Street Journal
From the beginning, it was total chaos. There were endless chores, to say nothing of the logistics of caring for four kids under 8 (two from our previous marriages and two we'd had together). At the same time, I had just started a new full-time job writing legal briefs from home, and I was trying to finish a dissertation for my Ph.D. in history. All of which meant that I was trapped inside for days at a time with my kids, whose constant bickering was driving me nuts. Like millions of other modern moms, I tried to change them by yelling and nagging. This, of course, only made their…

China Is Hacking the World

Federalism Attack on DOMA Is a Trojan Horse
Linda Greenhouse, NYT
Beware of conservatives bearing gifts. Ever since last week’s frustrating Supreme Court argument in the Defense of Marriage Act case, I’ve been wondering whether the attack on DOMA will turn out to be a constitutional Trojan horse. It may bring victory: the demise of a spiteful federal statute, enacted by an opportunistic Congress and signed into law 17 years ago by a cowardly Bill Clinton. But at what price? You might have thought the case, United States v. Windsor, was about equality: marriage equality, in the graceful current locution. The two lower federal courts that…

The Damage Wrought by the Gun Lobby

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 5th, 2013 11:08 pm by HL

The Damage Wrought by the Gun Lobby

Big Government Almost Always Means Big Failures

The Trigger and the Poison Pill
Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post
Are Democrats serious about border enforcement? It's supposed to be the trigger that would allow illegal immigrants to start on the path to citizenship.

Will Gay Marriage Split the Republican Party?
Ana Marie Cox, Guardian
A poll released on Monday found that Republicans' number one criticism of their own party was that it was “inflexible” and “unwilling to compromise”. These respondents should be heartened by two headline-grabbing examples of Republicans bending to accommodate human fallibility: GOP voters in South Carolina accepted wayward spouse and absentee governor Mark Sanford as their congressional nominee and Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, announced that he now supports marriage equality. I'd argue that only one of these anecdotes is about the redemption of…

Why Is North Korea Our Problem?
Robert Robb, Arizona Republic
As tensions mount, this question is being asked too infrequently: Why is North Korea primarily a U.S. problem?At the moment, it is inescapably a U.S. problem. The leader of the country is threatening to lob nukes at us. We may doubt his seriousness or capabilities. Nevertheless, the threat cannot be ignored.But did it have to end up this way?North Korea is an extortionist regime. It sable-rattles at least in part to get other countries to give it stuff to stop.The United States, under both the Clinton and Bush II administrations, played North Korea's game. Since 1995, U.S. taxpayers have…

ObamaCare Incompetence

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 3rd, 2013 11:08 pm by HL

ObamaCare Incompetence
Joe Klein, Time
Let me try to understand this: The key incentive for small businesses to support Obamacare was that they would be able to shop for the best deals in health care super-stores"”called exchanges. The Administration has had 3 years to set up these exchanges. It has failed to do so.This is a really bad sign. There will be those who argue that it's not the Administration's fault. It's the fault of the 33 states that have refused to set up their own exchanges. Nonsense. Where was the contingency planning? There certainly are models, after all"”the…

The King of Queens Graft

Justice Ginsburg’s Misdirection

Leave Ben Carson Alone
John McWhorter, Time
Ben Carson criticized Obamacare, sharply, with Obama listening, at the National Prayer Breakfast in February. And Carson is black.Yes, Carson is the black – gasp – conservative of the moment, this weekend also speaking out against gay marriage, for which he has been forced to apologize.Unsurprisingly, Carson, an accomplished neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins, has been celebrated by the right, and is considering politics. Enter the usual dogpile from black commenters: Carson as a traitor, a sellout, airing his views not from sincerity but because he wants to please the white…

Don’t Take Your Guns to Town

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 2nd, 2013 11:08 pm by HL

Don’t Take Your Guns to Town
William Daley & Roseanna Ander, WSJ
The American criminal-justice system often penalizes petty offenses too heavily but is too lenient on a crime that is far from petty: illegally carrying a gun in public. When someone carries a gun illegally, a heated argument can swiftly turn into a fatal altercation.Much of the national discussion in the wake of the Newtown schoolhouse shootings has focused on limiting gun ownership by high-risk people. But to truly address the many homicides committed in America's cities, lawmakers also need to ensure there are real consequences for illegally carrying a gun on the street. Regardless of…

Children With Birth Defects: The Gifts We’d Lose
Kyle Smith, NY Post
As mothers tend to do, Britt Sady loves her child Noah. He’s 3 years old and recently to his delight she taught him the word “fart.” That Noah has Down syndrome hasn’t diminished Britt’s love.But won’t he become increasingly a source of frustration and even disappointment? Isn’t raising a Down syndrome (DS) child supposed to be a nightmare? Sady asked a friend raising a 14-year-old son with DS, “When does it get hard?”

Offensive Comment Unlikely to Derail Don Young
Scott Conroy, RCP
In his four decades as Alaska's lone representative in the U.S. House, Republican Don Young has shown a penchant for creating controversy that is perhaps matched only by his resilience following such gaffes.Young's use of an ethnic slur during a radio interview last week (he referred to migrant workers who once picked tomatoes on his father's California farm as "wetbacks") was just the latest in a long line of off-color or inflammatory remarks that the nation's second-longest-serving GOP congressman has uttered in public over the years.But coming at a…

The Test Score Racket
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post
WASHINGTON — It is time to acknowledge that the fashionable theory of school reform — requiring that pay and job security for teachers, principals and administrators depend on their students' standardized test scores — is at best a well-intentioned mistake, and at worst nothing but a racket.I mean that literally. Beverly Hall, the former superintendent of the Atlanta public schools, was indicted on racketeering charges Friday for an alleged cheating scheme that won her more than $500,000 in performance bonuses. Hall, who retired two years ago, is also accused of theft, conspiracy and…

Ft. Hood Victims Shamefully Denied Purple Hearts
Andy McCarthy, PJM
What fact do you suppose is better known: (a) that Nidal Hasan has been incarcerated since he killed 13 American soldiers and wounded several others while screaming, “Allahu Akbar!” in the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, or (b) that his victims were denied Purple Heart medals by the U.S. government?Obviously, by leaps and bounds, the answer is (a). And for this reason, among several others, it is patently disgraceful that the Obama administration and its minions in the hyper-politically correct Pentagon brass are denying those soldiers shot by Hasan the military honors they are…

Why Passenger Trains Flunk

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 1st, 2013 11:08 pm by HL

Why Passenger Trains Flunk
Michael Barone, Washington Examiner
Forty years ago, American railroads were in trouble. The Penn Central, the largest railroad, had recently gone bankrupt.American freight rail was technologically obsolescent and hamstrung by union rules and government rate regulation. American passenger rail was unprofitable and unreliable.Freight rail was losing business to trucking firms. Passenger rail was losing out to cars on the new interstate highways and airplanes on long routes.The past 40 years have seen a laboratory experiment on how to revive railroads. Government has gotten out of freight rail, while passenger rail has become…

Does Google Benefit by Aligning w/Liberalism?
Emily Chertoff, Atlantic
Conservative online media exploded yesterday with another story about Google. To celebrate one day — the birthday of the labor activist Cesar Chavez — Google had swapped into its homepage a doodle featuring the activist's face. Of course, yesterday was also celebrated by millions around the world for another reason altogether — Easter.As they tend to when the company makes what appears on its face to be a political statement, conservative media focused very intently on the avowedly liberal politics of the people who run Google.

Napolitano Must Do Her Part on Immigration Reform

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