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Questions and Observations #2

For new readers the title is that for which the shortened “QandO” stands. This is the second in a series of questions and observations.

  • In the “you can’t make this up” department, China will block the sale of Hummer for “environmental concerns”.  I guess that’s their nod to the rest of the world after flatly refusing cut CO2 emissions in the future.
  • Ezra Klein is suddenly for smaller government, specifically the elimination of the Agriculture Committee. Of course the only reason he’d like to see it given the deep 6 is because it has, in Klein’s opinion, badly weakened cap-and-trade by extracting “a truly mind-boggling array of tax breaks, exemptions, and straight subsidies”. I guess Klein would like to temporarily make government smaller to make it larger.
  • Yes, Michael Jackson is dead – but for heaven sake, do we have to devote every minute of the news day to running “Thriller” vid and spreading rumors about the possible cause of his death? Is this what “news” organizations have become?
  • Apparently we’re still stalking the North Korean ship enroute to either Singapore or Burma. For those who are waiting for us to confront it and board it, that’s not going to happen. The “tough” UN resolution only provides for boarding if the North Koreans agree. And, while we can demand that they then go to the nearest port for inspection, the North Koreans can refuse that as well. The plan, it seems, is to convince the refueling port the NoKos pull into to refuse to refuel the ship. Then, when the NoKo ship runs out of fuel, put it under tow and then inspect it. As I understand it – they can then inspect it legitimately. Amazing.
  • Waxman-Markey, aka cap-and-trade, survived an earlier test vote that moved the bill to the floor for a 5pm vote. As I recall the margin was 5 votes. It is a job destroyer in the middle of a recession. The Center for Data Analysis of the Heritage Foundation figures it will cost 50,000 jobs in the transportation equipment sector alone. Their data for other sectors is available here.
  • House liberals have staked out a bit of ground on the health care bill saying they will not vote for it if it doesn’t include a public option – period. That is actually good news as the public option does seem to be in trouble. Any bill showing up without it will most likely not get the 80 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to vote for it. Add in the Republicans and the Blue Dogs, and it may be in very serious trouble without just the sticker shock of 1 to 3 trillion dollars of cost.
  • Mark Sanford? He should resign. The affair is between he and his family. He should resign because he was derelict in his duty and he misappropriated government funds to pay for his trip to Argentina.  Kinda like Bill Clinton should have resigned, not for the affair, but for lying under oath to a grand jury and attempting to obstruct justice.

~McQ

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4 Responses to Questions and Observations #2

  • I used to watch Fox News regularly; now I only go there occasionally. Why? NOt because I’m enamored of the spin applied to the news by CNN, et al, but because I can’t stand one “tabloid” story after another.

    Last night, I wanted to watch Beck (he was supposed to be interviewing someone about the cancelled Atlanta Tea Party), but since I’m on the left coast I don’t get home in time to catch the original broadcast. I wait up until 11, and … MICHAEL JACKSON!!!

    News flash for the FOx folks. I hit “off” and went to bed. They LOST a viewer. Hope they picked up 2 or 3 from the “People Magazine” demographic they’re obviously aiming at, to make up for the “significant amount of disposable income” viewer they lost.

  • The Obama administration, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, is drafting an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/26/AR2009062603361.html?hpid=topnews
    Hopey-changey!

  • Yes, Michael Jackson is dead – but for heaven sake, do we have to devote every minute of the news day to running “Thriller” vid and spreading rumors about the possible cause of his death? Is this what “news” organizations have become?

    Simply catering to their audience. I’m afraid the American people’s priorities are so screwed up they have no clue what is important any more.

    Mark Sanford? He should resign. The affair is between he and his family. He should resign because he was derelict in his duty and he misappropriated government funds to pay for his trip to Argentina.

    Agree with you there, unfortunately. I was ambivalent about it until I heard about the funds for the trip. This is a huge blow for libertarians and “true” conservatives, as I think he was our best hope for 2012 and the future of the movement. We’re now essentially down to Gary E. Johnson, and I don’t know too much about him but he went through a divorce himself.

  • Seriously, i see pictures of peopel crying about this?!?! perhas im a cold hearted guy, but i didnt know jackson, its sad that he died, as its sad anyone dies, and his life was a pretty sad story itself, but why cry about it like he was your grandfather? Then you got guys like al sharpton all over it like he matters lol.