August 15, 2007

Couldn’t Help But Notice (081507)

Tommie Thompson has withdrawn from the presidential race. Since he apparently plans to leave politics, the Father of Welfare Reform deserves a final round of applause.

Before Thompson, many on the right despaired that welfare was a lost cause, and that the best that could be hoped for was containment.

Thompson changed that, first in Wisconsin. Note the snarky intro to the PBS 1996 report, which, even though Wisconsin had reduced welfare rolls 44% in the two counties where reform measures were implemented, said that a statewide program “supposedly, will reduce welfare rolls.” Of course it already had, and did when expanded to the rest of the state.

More importantly, Thompson’s success moved the GOP Congress to pass national Welfare Reform three times in 1995-1996. President Clinton, who for almost four years after his election campaign promise to “end welfare as we know it” had done little to advance the cause, vetoed the first two bills. But he signed the third, largely because he was told that he re-election bid might be in jeopardy if he didn’t. Then, at the Democratic Convention shortly after he signed, his aides “assured conventioneers that he will ‘fix’ welfare reform after the election.” He also “promised to undo many of the reforms.”

Thank goodness he didn’t. As noted at this previous post with a follow-up at the end of this one, welfare rolls, which peaked in 1994 at about 14 million, are down to about 4 million now.

Not many people can say that they played a major role in helping 10 million move from depending on society to participating in it. Thompson can. Well done, sir.


The Muslim Brotherhood in Ohio? The documents don’t lie, even though its members do.


On the Duke lacrosse case, John Leo (HT Instapundit) roasts Newsweak’s Evan “we’re worth 15 points for the Democrats” Thomas for his “The narrative was right but the facts were wrong” spin. The facts AND the narrative were wrong, pal. See what else Leo compares the Duke case to in his column title.


In a matter NOT related to the Duke case, Michael Vick is now the only one of four defendants who hasn’t copped a plea.

Here’s an interesting name from the past who has surfaced in the Vick situation:

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to make a decision on Vick’s future in a few weeks. He is waiting for attorney Eric Holder to complete an investigation before making his decision, the league has said.

Holder declined comment Tuesday about his investigation.

I wonder if Mr. Holder plans on being as rough on the 27 year-old Vick as he was on (at the time) 6 year-old Elian Gonzalez:

Andrew Napolitano, legal analyst for Fox News and a constitutional scholar had this exchange today on Fox with Eric Holder, Reno’s second in command at Justice:


Napolitano: Tell me, Mr. Holder, why did you not get a court order authorizing you to go in and get the boy?

Holder: Because we didn’t need a court order. INS can do this on its own.

Napolitano: You know that a court order would have given you the cloak of respectability to have seized the boy.

Holder: We didn’t need an order.

Napolitano: Then why did you ask the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for such an order if you didn’t need one?

Holder: [Silence]

Napolitano: The fact is, for the first time in history you have taken a child from his residence at gunpoint to enforce your custody position, even though you did not have an order authorizing it.


The Associated Press writes an unsolicited (?) Obama campaign press release to cover a disgraceful gaffe by the candidate. Ray Robison (“AP joins Obama in slander of US troops”) and Jeff Goldstein, among many others, are not amused.


The Tide of Katrina apparently rolled all the way inland to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. That would be the Tide of federal “aid.” Go to the link to see why the “T” in “Tide” is capitalized.


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