February 1, 2011

Lucid Links (020111, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:42 am

Steven Heyward on Ron Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan (bolds are mine):

… Ron inherited much of his father’s grace with language (so did Patti). I don’t begrudge him his personal grievances, but it is a shame that he has used his literary talent to besmirch his father’s memory with the risible charge that his Alzheimer’s disease was already evident in his second term. This simply doesn’t square with the evidence, and ignores a huge problem for Ron: the fact that Reagan’s greatest achievement — ending the Cold War — occurred in his second term when he supposedly was losing his mind.

… Equally risible is the comment he made during his book tour that Ronald Reagan couldn’t win the Republican nomination today because the Republican party has become too extreme. The snort-worthy irony here is that everybody in the late 1970s, especially the Republican establishment, said that Reagan couldn’t win the presidency because he was too extreme. This reveals not just a lack of perspective, but a cynical lashing-out at his political opponents.

Reagan on his worst day was far better than Jimmy Carter on his best — oh, and Reagan didn’t have Alzheimer’s while in office:

David Shenk: … The short answer is no — he did not have diagnosable Alzheimer’s in the White House.

But it’s clear from looking at the evidence that his memory troubles in the White House were much too slight to be considered Alzheimer’s.

It is also virtually certain that Ronald Reagan would be Tea Party-sympathetic were he alive today. Given the content of this audio, he absolutely would have applauded yesterday’s federal court ruling nullifying Obamacare:

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Speaking of Tea Party-sympathetic, here’s a passage from Page 42 of yesterday’s federal court ruling declaring Obamacare null and void, commenting on the absurdity of the individual mandate:

It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place.

I love this guy. The left and the establishment press (being redundant) are soooo going to go after him with a vengeance.

Memo to Mike Wilson: You may have lost your Ohio Rep race, thanks largely to the $500,000 – $750,000 spent to defeat you, but largely thanks to you, the Tea Party movement you were so influential in organizing won big yesterday.

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Wendell Cox at National Review, proving that Ohio Governor John Kasich was right to reject federal high-speed rail money:

High-Speed Rail, Budget Buster
Virtually everywhere it has been constructed, taxpayers have lost out.

The numbers are really ugly, virtually everywhere. The environmental benefits are also non-existent: “HSR’s (high-speed rail’s) impact on CO2 would be inconsequential while being exorbitantly costly.”

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From the “So Predictable” Dept.: “TSA shuts door on private airport screening program” — “on Friday, the TSA denied an application by Springfield-Branson Airport in Missouri to privatize its checkpoint workforce, and in a statement, (Transportation Security Administration Director John) Pistole indicated other applications likewise will be denied.”

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Roger Kimball at Pajamas Media — “The British disease.” The lesson here isn’t just that our President is bound and determined to introduce management by union paralysis into the everyday workings of the federal government. It’s that an Executive Order that is over a year old is just now getting meaningful attention. How many other pernicious things are occurring without notice?

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Two important points about a school the Barack Obama identified his State of the Union message as a great turnaound story (HT Doub Powers at Michelle Malkin’s place) require emphasis.

First, Obama failed to explain the reason for its turnaround:

it In 2007, Denver Public Schools gave Bruce Randolph School permission to operate autonomously. It was the first school in the state to be granted autonomy from district and union rules.

Each teacher then had to reapply for his or her job. A published report said only six teachers remained.

“Teachers who didn’t believe in the students didn’t come on board,” said Kristin Waters, principal during the transition.

Second, if Team Obama had to use Randolph as the exemplar of school improvement, it must not have been able to find a great turnaround example at a traditional public school — perhaps because there aren’t any.

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2 Comments

  1. Today the Obama administration is beating them to the punch…..Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced this afternoon that he will redirect about 1.2 billion in high-speed grants from Wisconsin and Ohio to a dozen other states that want to continue their programs. …. I am pleased that so many other states are enthusiastic about the additional support they are receiving to help bring Americas high-speed rail network to life LaHood said…..Obama launched the national high-speed rail program with 8 billion in his stimulus bill plus another 2.5 billion in last years budget. but Governor-Elect John Kasich trashed it as a slow-speed boondoggle that..

    Comment by Monex — February 2, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

  2. #1, those states are more than welcome to commit to losing millions and millions of dollars as far as the eye can see … it will make Ohio that much more competitive against them.

    Comment by TBlumer — February 2, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

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