From the New York Post, an opinion piece by George Will, pointing out ridiculous endeavors by some people in government. It’s almost funny if it weren’t so sad.
From Real Clear Politics:
Irritating phrases and words are not confined to political circles, or solely to Washington, although here in the nation’s capital they burrow in and proliferate like obsolete, but entrenched, government programs. This is a call to arms to fight them—but only metaphorically.
It’s a pretty good list.
From PJ Media—So why are “we” repeating the mistakes? My answer: because our narcissistic Dear Leader refuses to consider that even with the factual history of these disastrous policies, he will wave a wand and somehow make them work wonderfully.
From National Review—an excerpt:
So even the liberal justices on the Court, including the two justices appointed by President Barack Obama — Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor — have disagreed with the DOJ’s positions. As George Mason University law professor Ilya Somintold the Washington Times last year, “When the administration loses significant cases in unanimous decisions and cannot even hold the votes of its own appointees . . . it is an indication that they adopted such an extreme position on the scope of federal power that even generally sympathetic judges could not even support it.”
Those decisions are very revealing about the views of President Obama and Eric Holder: Their vision is one of unchecked federal power on immigration and environmental issues, on presidential prerogatives, and the taking of private property by the government; hostility to First Amendment freedoms that don’t meet the politically correct norms; and disregard of Fourth Amendment protections against warrantless government intrusion. These are positions that should alarm all Americans regardless of their political views, political-party affiliations, or background.
The naked self-interest of the government-worker class, by Jonah Goldberg.
The trend is not good.
Something unprecedented in American history is taking place. Debate on almost every subject of significance is being choked off. People who only six years ago had “Dissent Is Patriotic” stickers affixed to their bumpers are now crushing dissent.
This is a generalization with innumerable examples.
Read the whole thing for a few of them.
From buzzfeed.com—”a variety of fiction and nonfiction books to read while you wait for Season 3 to be filmed. These books feature ruthless rulers, Machiavellian plotters, devious political machinations, intrepid journalists, and other elements that fans of House of Cards will love.”
So here’s a challenge that I (and others) have posed before but believe to be sufficiently penetrating to pose again. This challenge, of course, is posed to supporters of this hike in the minimum wage: Name some other goods or services for which a government-mandated price hike of 39.3 percent will not cause fewer units of those goods and services to be purchased. Indeed, name even just one such good or service.
And this puts it another way:
Several links commenting on the hit Netflix show, House of Cards at Flavorwire, a show I enjoy…in a depressing sort of way…because it probably understates the problems with our power-mad federal government