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I Am Not a PIN Number!
Yet more evidence that congressmen regard the public as just a giant ATM machine.
Oh look, NBC (owned by Jeff Immelt's General Electric) is denigrating business and capitalism again.
Liberate to Stimulate
"It didn't work last time, so let's do it again," seems to be the thinking behind those who are arguing for a second stimulus package. Obviously, they never listened to their mothers. Instead, we need a different approach. If people are finding it difficult to create jobs, then the simplest solution is to remove the barriers in place that prevent them from doing so. A "liberate-to-stimulate" package would be the best option right now. Larry Kudlow's excellent manifesto fits well with this approach. So why aren't more people talking about it?
Assassination scenarios are outrageous no matter which party indulges in them. This kind of ethical obtuseness has to stop. Our zero tolerance should also extend to jokes threatening rape of public figures -- something that was amazingly directed at Sarah Palin from liberal quarters shortly after she arrived on the national scene last year. Dehumanization is a stealthy process that ultimately destroys everyone.
George "Moonbat" Monbiot is outraged at the number of climate skeptics who have the affrontery to comment negatively on his articles. Now, reasons the Moonbat, because most of them use pseudonyms, they must be stooges for evil energy corporations and astroturf groups. So he demands they say who they are, on the grounds that they have nothing to fear from him. Why not go the whole hog and ask for their addresses, too, George? There are very good reasons why people, especially in Britain, choose anonymity.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, this Congress is actively contemptuous of the democratic process and the people they are supposed to be representing. Get them to Read The Bill!
This situation developed because Alaska's transparency laws allow anyone to file Freedom of Information Act requests. While normally useful, in the hands of political opponents FOIA requests can become a means to bog down a target in a bureaucratic quagmire, thanks to the need to comb through records and respond by a strict timetable. Similarly, ethics investigations are easily triggered and can drag on for months even if the initial complaint is flimsy. Since Ms. Palin returned to Alaska after the 2008 campaign, some 150 FOIA requests have been filed and her office has been targeted for investigation by everyone from the FBI to the Alaska legislature. Most have centered on Ms. Palin's use of government resources, and to date have turned up little save for a few state trips that she agreed to reimburse the state for because her children had accompanied her. In the process, though, she accumulated $500,000 in legal fees in just the last nine months, and knew the bill would grow ever larger in the future.As much as protecting her children from vile attacks and lies, this senseless battering of a governor trying to do her job reveals just how ugly liberals are.
2. Speaking of something that maybe “didn’t get out quite right” (but maybe did): As part of her broad-ranging discussion of abortion, Ginsburg offers this, er, interesting comment why the Court’s 1980 decision in Harris v. McRae, which ruled that the Hyde Amendment’s exclusion of nontherapeutic abortions from Medicaid reimbursement was constitutionally permissible, “surprised” her:Well, yes Mr. Whelan, saying something like that is vile but she did also say her perception was wrong.Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn’t really want them. But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong.
Gee, Justice Ginsburg, would you like to tell us more about your views on those populations that “we don’t want to have too many of”?
Here's why I find the Washington Post cash-for-access story so disturbing. As even Helen Thomas is now realizing, this administration favors certain journalists with extra access. In that respect, it is mimicking the Blair government in the U.K., which was famous not just for giving extra access to favorable journalists, but denying it to critical journalists. Putting the two pieces together, it might not be long before access becomes a commodity, and writing favorably about the administration not only gets extra access, but becomes profitable. That's why I am also very glad to see the excellent Howard Kurtz and via him, the Post's executive editor, recognize that possibility and how appalling it would be.
I fear, however, that other journalists might not be so scrupulous. As to the scruples of the administration, I have no comment.
My colleague Hans Bader has an interesting analysis of the so-called coup in Honduras over at the Examiner. In particular, he asks whether President Obama will bully Honduras into overturning its own constitution.
When you have so many establishment types – inside-the-Beltway, elite, establishment types (Republican, Democrat, it doesn’t matter) – just so eager to destroy this woman, it means they’re still scared to death of her. And that, to me, is the bottom line.You can read his whole perspective, here.