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Thursday Roundup, 2/11

I dutifully apologize for my lack of insight and commentary on these important state and national stories.  Too many pressing demands on my time.  :0(

Polls:

Support for Gays in the Military Depends on the Question

Poll: Obama, Economy Doubts Boost GOP

Global Perceptions of U.S. Leadership Improve in 2009 

MN Politics:

Gov. Pawlenty delivers his final State of the State address

Economics:

Larry Summers: Almost All Economists Believe More Taxes Fuels Job Growth

Education:

After Getting Nearly 40% Budget Increase, North Dakota Higher Education Still Raising Tuition Prices

Zero Tolerance for Charter Schools report

Minnesota’s deficit is forcing school cuts

Legal:

The Government Can Monitor Your Location All Day Every Day Without Implicating Your Fourth Amendment Rights

Opinions:

Noemie Emery: Democrats inflicting themselves with wedge issues

Slobs and the American Civilization

Doug Wilder: Obama needs a staff shakeup

The Bubble and Rahm

Have it good,

-Mike

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Democrats, Economics, Education, Minnesota, North Dakota, Politics, Republicans, Surveillance | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

state of the union and responses

Since I took the day off after class to go see “Where the Wild Things Are” with Kayla and her daughter, I don’t have a brilliant and insightful response to President Obama yet, but imma cookin’ somethin’ up.  Until then, here’s a concise and amusing response from Jim Geraghty.

But probably my favorite part was Justice Samuel Alito mouthing “that’s not true” in regards to Obama’s criticism of Citizens United v. FEC.  According to a pundit on Fox News, Justice Alito is this year’s winner of the “Joe Wilson Award.”  Well good for him!

A good, swift kick in the balls every so often lets you remember how much getting kicked in the balls really hurts.

Have it good,

-Mike

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Democrats, Obama | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama’s spending freeze

Well isn’t this is a very interesting proposition for Republicans.  Do we go and support the President on an issue we basically agree with and lend him an appearance of bipartisan support and agreement (just in time for the 2010 elections I’m sure) or leave him out to dry and watch the Democrats self-destruct on their own?

The problem I have with President Obama’s intended proposal is that he leaves out so many things that desperately need to be addressed, such as military spending and that other massive elephant in the room called entitlement spending.  Which leads me to believe that this is a half-hearted attempt to look more in-tune with the majority of the country than he actually is. 

So what is the right way to go for conservatives?  How about taking a cautious approach, fully realizing and applauding the high priority and importance of such a spending freeze in these tough economic times, but acknowledging that it is just one step on the long path towards fiscal responsibility.  I agree with this section from HotAir:

Republicans need to make that point very clear and argue that while a freeze is the first step, the next step must be to roll back those federal-budget increases back to at least 2007 levels in order to actually impact the budget deficit, let alone long-term debt.  That will require significant cuts in federal programs that Democrats created or inflated over the last three years while having control of the pursestrings.

Should conservatives get behind Obama’s spending freeze?

That’s right, we don’t just want a freeze, we want a spending freeze followed by a spring spending thaw that will let us drain the proverbial spending lake.  If that’s too confusing a metaphor, all you need to know is that a spending freeze is not the end we’re looking for as fiscal conservatives.  We’re looking for a decrease in government, a rollback, a cut, whatever you want to call it. 

Ok, here’s one – we’re going to prune the frozen tree of spending after the shining Republican victories in 2010.

I just can’t speak in metaphor, can I?  haha.

Have it good,

-Mike

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Democrats, Economics, Obama | , , , | 1 Comment

too little, too late

So after weeks of shutting the Republicans out, negotiating in closed sessions to hammer out a disaster of a healthcare bill, lying about transparency and giving the cold shoulder to anyone disagreeing with the heavy-handed steamroller that is the Democratic party, this is what we get? 

Obama To Meet With House Republicans In Spirit Of Bipartisanship

Sorry champ, too little too late. 

Have it good,

-Mike

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Healthcare, Obama, Politics | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

happy friday everyone! 1/8/2010

Yet another week has come and gone, and I begin the retreat to my classes on monday.  Don’t worry, my irreverent commentary on important issues won’t be stopped by academia! 

Until monday rolls around, here’s some good stories to tide you over:

Change we can really believe in – Good piece by the president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, near the end is an excellent summary of what really needs to be done for the country.

 No More Room at the Bench – Are there too many law schools?  Is the market for attorneys saturated? 

Ten Unanswered Questions in the Flight 253 Summary – Go figure, the official White House summary is incomplete and unclear.

For Obama and the Media, Is the Honeymoon Finally Over? – Let’s hope so, the worship I see on the major news channels has made me nauseous for long enough.

 H&M and Wal-Mart Destroy and Trash Unsold Goods – This is just sad.  There isn’t anything else they could do with these clothes?  No tax deduction for charitable donations like individuals can take advantage of?  If not, maybe there should be. 

 

Have a good weekend!

-Mike

January 8, 2010 Posted by | News, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘cash for failing businesses,’ redux

You’d think that the best move for an entity straddled with as much debt as the United States would be to develop financial responsiblity, watch its spending habits,  and cut back on unnecessary expenditures. 

Enter the world of Obama:

Lennar (LEN), the Miami-based homebuilder that has been gushing red ink since its misguided bets on house prices went bad three years ago, on Thursday posted its first quarterly profit since 2007

But don’t congratulate Miller. The entire profit — and then some — came straight from taxpayers’ pockets.

The real driver of Lennar’s rebound, as the company acknowledged Thursday, was a $353 million tax gain that stems from a bit of congressional largesse in November.

Handsome government handout for homebuilders

Pumping money into these failing companies whether through straight-up bailouts or tax rebates is the last thing we should be doing.  It is rewarding them for their failure and irresponsibility and unfairly distorting the free market in potentially destructive ways.

I can see theoretically why the Dems think this is a good idea;  just like in every debate there are at least two sides or points of view.  The thing is in this case, the Democrats and all the other Keynesian economists are simply wrong when it comes to their beliefs in government intervention in the economy and the markets, for so many reasons that it just staggers the mind. 

Have it good,

-Mike

January 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments

litigation = the last line of defense?

I’ve been reading more and more about the constitutionality of this massive healthcare reform bill in the news and blogs over the last few weeks, but  it seems like the idea has really taken off in the last few days.  One blogger I’m a big fan of is Josh Blackman, and he’s been blogging on the possible “Constitutional moment” that would occur if the SCOTUS actually decided to hear questions of constitutionality if the healthcare bill passes.  He caught this article from The Hill before I did:

With Democrats in control of the White House and large majorities in the Senate and House, Republicans view the third branch of government as their last, best hope to limit Obama’s ambitious reform agenda.

“Since Democrats cut Republicans out of the healthcare negotiations in Congress, maybe the only way to have any input into the health bill is through litigation,” Bossie added.

Republicans see courts as last line of defense vs. Democrats’ agenda

This story is directly related to my last post about transparency and healthcare, as you can see from the second paragraph I quoted.  The Dems have  totally shut out the Republicans in their secretive efforts to force this bill through to the President, so what else can conservatives do other than win big in the 2010 mid-terms, as it looks like they might do?  Top Democrats head for the exits

My pre-law advisor had us read a very interesting book dealing with whether or not the Courts are actually desirable and effective venues for any meaningful change in public policy, specifically the chapters on Race and Abortion.  I think I might revisit that book briefly, to see if any parallels can be drawn with the HC debate.

Have it good,

-Mike

January 6, 2010 Posted by | Democrats, Healthcare, Law, Obama | , , , | Leave a comment

is a thick wooden door transparent?

Not that I needed one more reason to be disillusioned by President Obama’s lies and deceptions, here we go with another one.  This is a campaign quote from Obama about what he would do to a debate on a healthcare bill. 

Hell yes, on something this important open it up to the public!  Or at least the opposing party! 

Senate Democrat Harry Reid and House Democrat Nancy Pelosi are inclined to finish up the 2,500-plus-page legislation themselves behind closed doors, skipping the usual Senate-House conference committee that would include those pesky Republicans.

C-SPAN pleads with Reid, Pelosi to open final drafting sessions for Obama’s healthcare bill

I admit, I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to C-SPAN so I agree with televising these healthcare negotiations just so I can have something to watch at 6am on a no-sleep night.  And if it weren’t for C-Span, where would the majority of Jon Stewart’s hilarious political clips come from?

Let C-SPAN in!  Let this much-lauded “bi-partisanship” the Democrats speak of show its head!  Or does that trick only work when they’re in the minority and need an excuse to influence policy?

Have it good and open,

-Mike

January 6, 2010 Posted by | Healthcare, Obama, Politics | , , , | 2 Comments

Speechless

I found both of these articles today and just linking to both illustrates a more profound point that I could possibly explain myself.

Scrooge pay czar tightens screws on midlevel employees

Federal Salaries Explode

Well that’s just great.  Limit private pay and jack up Federal pay, as if the latter isn’t outrageously bloated already.  It’s almost as if they’re trying to say something about where their priorities lie.  Is there an economics textbook anywhere within 20 miles of Washington, D.C.?  One not co-written by Marx, Mao, Keynes, Stalin and Obama?

Have it good,

-Mike

December 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

How’s the President doing? Well let me tell you…

I got a call this morning from Rasmussen Reports, and being the opinionated and dutiful citizen I am, I said my peace in their 15 minute telephone survey.  It was kind of fun actually, knowing my opinion was being counted.  I think the final result is here, and I’m proud to be a part of the group who Strongly Disapproves of the job President Obama is doing.

I got questions on Obama’s overall approval rating, whether I was conservative/Republican, a series on offshore drilling (which I don’t know too much about, but to which state’s rights is my default answer), healthcare and its effect on prices and quality of healthcare, and a few other assorted topics mentioned below.

I was surprised by the lack of any questions about global warming or this Climategate fiasco.  Here’s a good primer on Climatgate and climate change overall posted by a writer from the CATO institute today.  It’s a much more complex issue than these absolutist pundits are screaming about.  I personally believe that the climate change is primarily a natural occurence, and any human impact is negligible and hardly catastrophic.  Does that make me any less of an environmentalist?  Of course not, I still believe in the principles of responsibility, conservation, stewardship and property rights.

One of the best questions was the series of 3 about Obama’s ethical behavior and whether he is more or less ethical than previous presidents.  Obviously I answered less ethical than previous presidents, because you’re not anything in Chicago unless you’re part of the Democratic corruption machine.  Obama’s a smooth operator though, I have to give him that. 

Moral of the Story: If you ever get a call about a public opinion survey, don’t hang up, it’s actually pretty fun! 

Have it good, GO NAVY!

-Mike

December 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment