Commentary

As the title suggests, this is not a paean to the press. But neither is the intent to urinate on the grave of Edward R. Murrow. Rather, the purpose is to discuss how Murrow’s progeny have gone astray, fallen into sin, hubris, and folly, richly deserving to have their asses kicked off Mount Olympus where they presume to dwell. With that charge (purpose) in mind, we will first get a few preliminaries out of the way, and then discuss the damning specifications of the charge against them. After that we will lay out a primer on what is to be... continue reading
Voters headed to the polls Nov. 6, and for many their greatest concern was the U.S. economic situation. Although The Great Recession ended more than three years ago, growth has remained slow and job growth sluggish. If we look at the recent Great Recession, real GDP fell by 3.7 percent, 8.9 percent, and 5.3 percent during the third and fourth quarters of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009 respectively. In the second quarter of 2009, GDP fell by .3 percent, but grew slowly every quarter since. So, technically, the recession has been over for more than three years. But... continue reading
In light of the Chicago school teacher strike, I would like to quote a few paragraphs from a Wall Street Journal article from February of 2007. Five years ago. “Who, on average, is better paid – public school teachers or architects? How about teachers or economists? You might be surprised to learn that public school teachers are better paid than these and many other professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public school teachers earned $34.06 per hour in 2005, 36% more than the hourly wage of the average white-collar worker and 11% more than the average professional specialty... continue reading
It would have been a neat trick if they managed it. In L’affair Chick-fil-A , the left’s wannabe Houdinis tried to perform the cultural equivalent of whisking the tablecloth out from under the place settings. They told America that in the 68 days between President Obama’s cynical “evolution” announcement on gay marriage and Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s affirmation of his Christian views, the traditional understanding of marriage had moved beyond the pale. Whoosh! Chicken became “Hate Chicken,” not because the guy that made it had a heavy hand with the spices, but because the opinion he held in July was,... continue reading
It would have been a neat trick if they managed it. In L’affair Chick-fil-A , the left’s wannabe Houdinis tried to perform the cultural equivalent of whisking the tablecloth out from under the place settings. They told America that in the 68 days between President Obama’s cynical “evolution” announcement on gay marriage and Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s affirmation of his Christian views, the traditional understanding of marriage had moved beyond the pale. Whoosh! Chicken became “Hate Chicken,” not because the guy that made it had a heavy hand with the spices, but because the opinion he held in July was,... continue reading
Obama’s executive branch is by-passing Congress again . According to reports from the Farm Bureau, virtually all waters of the United States could soon fall under regulatory control of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if that agency succeeds as it intends in expanding the scope of the Clean Water Act. This is one of the hard-played games that goes hand-in-hand with the creation of czars and bureaucratic bodies to write rules without Congressional approval of appointments. It also fits with the president’s very aggressive use of executive orders to do as he damn well pleases. In this case, the new... continue reading
In a CBS interview this past week, the president remarkably asserted that, in his first term, he has gotten all the policy right. His only mistake was not telling a good enough story to the American people. He may not have told them well, but Obama really can’t be faulted for not telling audacious ones. His nose should be long enough to hang laundry on by now. Take, for example, his continually repeated story that he has not and will not raise taxes on anybody earning less than his fantastical benchmark of The Evil Rich Who Aren’t Paying Their Fair... continue reading
What do New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, gay marriage and Barack Obama have in common? The media spent years laying the groundwork for their popularity. As Mitt Romney studies hard for a vice presidential pick, smart analysts are probably assessing the impact of Christie as BMOC (Big Man Out Campaigning), especially since he wants to distract from media feeding frenzy about Bain. The media focused a lot on Christie’s weighty issues in primary season when desperate Republicans pushed hard for him to run. It brought out the naysayers like GOP strategist Ed Rollins who complained of GOP leaders that “a... continue reading
The president’s Ohio bus tour slogan was “Betting on America .” Imagine if the Romney campaign had shown the poor judgment to snare this slogan. The media would have had a field day with Wall Street’s wagering, turning the economy into a giant casino; with Bain Capital as a cabal of cold-hearted gamblers placing bets they win on either way, while victimized workers lose their jobs to downsizing and outsourcing. No, the theme of “Betting on America ” would not have worked out well for Governor Romney. Of course, the media also didn’t point out what a very poor gambler... continue reading
There are always at least two views to any economy. If you think the U.S. economy is recovering but might need more stimulus, you probably vote liberal. If you think the economy stinks and government needs to be reined in, then you might be committing treason. Prominent Democrats have been nibbling at this issue for more than a year – saying GOP opposition to Obama’s socialistic plans is only driven by politics. The consistent claim has been the GOP wants, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid put it, “to make the economy worse” to ensure defeating Obama. Now some are... continue reading