July 24, 2012

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072412)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:15 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.

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(Items below went up at 8:45 a.m.)

Chris Littleton“More Groups Condemn Kasich Tax Increase”

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From an email tip, via CBS station WCCO in Minneapolis“Reports Of Fraud, Abuse Surround Federal Free Phone Program.” Related quote of the day, from a guy who sold his government phone for $20 because, according to the station’s report, “he needed the money,” commenting on taxpayer who would object to his illegal move: “They would be upset, because they figure they were paying for it and if that’s the case, then that’s not my problem.”

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Another crackup: “Amonix Inc., a closely held maker of solar panels that qualified for $21.5 million in federal subsidies, closed its 214,000-square-foot plant in Nevada.” Yes, the Bush administration made the philosophically bankrupt original funding decision, but Obama went out of his way to support the firm in a 2010 speech. And if we’re going for equivalence, Amonix did only 4% of the taxpayer damage the $535 million in loans to Solyndra did.

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Here’s a refreshing editorial at the Columbus Dispatch (“Ohio’s Recovery”; bolds are mine):

The economy is looking up a bit in Ohio these days, which is why Vice President Joe Biden came to town on Thursday: to claim credit.

if the state’s turnaround was engineered by the federal government, how does one explain that the rest of the country, on average, is faring worse than Ohio?

… Surely if the administration were engineering a turnaround in an election year, it would be evident nationwide. Instead, we’re witnessing the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression.

Clearly, something besides the power of the federal government has helped Ohio’s unemployment rate to fall below the national average. Gov. John Kasich deserves much of the credit for this.

Read the whole thing.

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(posted at 9:20 a.m.) From Andy at Ace’s place, on media eagerness to blame Tea Party and conservative activists for violent acts — “It’s almost like they have an agenda or something.” They do.

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