This is a pretty good website to illustrate how awesome it is that King Barack I is taking a whopping 5% pay cut.
Some signs of the times:
35 public educators indicted in a massive cheating scandal. Are they unionized, by any chance? Why, yes they are.
Obama pushes banks to make subprime loans. It was a big part of the earlier housing bubble, folks, that government wanted the banks to abandon prudent lending practices. But lefties don’t need to learn from the past. When our new housing bubble bursts, they’ll just blame the banks’ alleged “greed” again.
Stockton, CA bankruptcy moves forward. Old news, but worth noting. Why Stockton? Picture the busted housing bubble, combined with California-style public employee unions / pensions, mismanagement and unemployment.
Government-funded researchers wanted to prove that whites do more mass shootings – and they fluffed it. As Bob Owens notes, Asians (both Far Eastern and Middle Eastern), Hispanics and blacks are all over-represented in mass shootings, meaning that whites are kind of under-represented. But the white ones get more media coverage, for some reason.
Gun control news:
UPDATE: A guy got a sub-prime auto loan, by giving up his gun. Sub-prime lending as gun control, a leftie wet dream! 🙂
( Actual greed would be if the bank wanted to be paid back, when it made a loan. Also known as stringent lending. It’s a good thing.)
See my sarcastic response to Mark Kirk’s announcement in my first posting at Ricochet!
I simply want to ask this question as Sen. Kirk’s announcement works into the national psyche.
Since President Obama’s “evolution” on gay marriage to the position long held by former Vice President Dick Cheney, there has been no substantive attempt at the Federal level to make any change at all with regard to the issue itself.
In the New York Times on Sunday, David Stockman made some points that I’ve been making on this blog: that America has lost its way in a decades-long orgy of government spending, deficits and money-printing, creating a “bubble economy” where the real prosperity is rather less than the statistics claim, and each bubble’s burst is greater than the last, meaning that we’ve got a doozy coming.
Stockman’s piece speaks for itself, encasing relevant facts in very sharp rhetoric. I won’t quote it here, just recommend it to your interest.
His piece isn’t perfect; it contradicts itself in a few places. For example, Stockman rips (rightly) on Keynesian economic theory, but also affirms (wrongly) the neo-Keynesian story for why the Great Depression ended (that it was somehow due to WW2 spending). Or Stockman characterizes the last several decades both as rough times, and times of living “high on the hog”; that could seem contradictory if you don’t fill in the missing context yourself (that it’s been “higher” for the politically-connected and a little rougher for the rest of us).
And, while I agree with Stockman’s knocks on Alan Greenspan, I find him unfair in his treatment of such figures as Milton Friedman, Ronald Reagan and Paul Ryan. But Stockman’s piece is a polemic, and no polemic is ever perfect. It’s a good one if it manages to get a lot right, and Stockman’s does.
UPDATE: John Tamny at Forbes critiques Stockman’s piece in more detail, from a perspective that I respect. (Non-Keynesian; perhaps Supply-side or even Austrian?) Like I did, he acknowledges large areas of agreement.
(NB: As often happens with my posts, I’ve tweaked a couple phrases since publication to better fit what I really had in mind.)
Remember the ‘sequester’ spending cuts? Per Obama a month or two ago, they were supposed to be The Apocalypse. His administration even rolled out Janet Napolitano to try to fan public fears of terrorist attack (notwithstanding that her budget is still higher this year, after the sequester cuts).
It’s been a month since the cuts kicked in, and it turns out that the reality is ho-hum. The paltry cuts have mostly had small, manageable impacts.
Except, of course, that school kids still can’t go on White House tours. Obama’s administration has held the tours hostage, even refusing patriotic donations that could have restored them. “Nice guy.”
UPDATE: Defense is hit with $41B in cuts, which will cause civilian Defense Dept. employees to be furloughed 14 days this year. Top Defense officials try to help a little, by returning part of their own salaries. Clearly, they aren’t part of the White House.
Maybe it doesn’t matter that the debate on gay marriage has been (on the whole) so pathetic. Maybe we don’t need a national conversation on the meaning of marriage. Maybe it’s those myriad private conversations that are really making the difference.
Or maybe not even conversations. Interactions. When people see gay couples living together and fulfilling the responsibilities that inhere in a relationship, they understood that gay men and women are capable of marriage. They don’t need words to convince them; they have evidence.
Writing yesterday about the shifting consensus on gay marriage, Jennifer Rubin observed:
As more gay and lesbian Americans came out to friends, family and co-workers, the anti-gay-marriage voices were handicapped; they argued against an issue in the abstract while gay-marriage proponents could argue that Mike and Sam down the street or Sue and Ann at the office shouldn’t be denied the right to marry.
In the past few weeks, two Democratic Senators came out for gay marriage, both following the lead of their Republican colleague from the Buckeye State, Rob Portman, who changed his position on the issue after his son had come out to him.
Were the Democrats inspired by the Republican’s example? Would the Republican have changed his mind without dealing with the flesh-and-blood experiences of his son?