Thursday, July 01, 2010

 

Quick Hits

ACLU issues travel warnings to Arizona

The ACLU issues travel alerts?

Heh, heh! We don’t have to mock them; they’re doing just fine by themselves.

David S. Broder - Sen. Robert Byrd's vanished ethic

“Today, unfortunately, on the big issues that ought to be beyond partisanship, action in the national interest has almost vanished because the party leaders, unlike Byrd and Baker when they led their parties in the Senate, do not display that consciousness or evoke it in others.”

This is typical of the now-trendy muddled thinking that has Woody Allen yearning for a day of an Obama dictatorship and Tom Friedman salivating over China’s “enlightened” leadership. Sometimes matters become “Big Issues” because there is no clear consensus over how to resolve them. Sometimes “Big Issues” are simply in the minds of the beholder and not universally accepted. Mr. Broder doesn’t identify a current “Big Issue” that should be “beyond partisanship” but I can guarantee you that his preferred course of action will always be what he envisions as the “beyond partisanship, action in the national interest”.

…and it is only my respect for the recently deceased that keeps me from mocking the use of Senator Byrd as a now-bygone model for such altruism.

Jobless aid stalls in Senate; home buyers get more time

"For those who question whether this is an emergency situation, they should talk to the Nevadans who I hear from every day who rely on this assistance to put food on the table and pay the bills while they look for work," Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said at a news conference with Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis.”

Wow – I had no idea; can I stop by your office next week to discuss this emergency and what we can do it about it? Oh, I see…not “before Congress returns to Washington after a week-long break.”

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