Have The Clinton Leopards Changed Their Spots?

Rubin protégés change their tune as they join Obama’s team

The president-elect’s choices for his top economic advisers — Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary, Lawrence Summers as senior White House economics adviser and Peter Orszag as budget director — are past protégés of Rubin, who held two of those jobs under President Bill Clinton. Even the headhunters for Obama have Rubin ties: Michael Froman, Rubin’s chief of staff in the Treasury Department who followed him to Citigroup, and James Rubin, Rubin’s son.

All three advisers — whom Obama will officially name on Monday and Tuesday — have been followers of the economic formula that came to be called Rubinomics: balanced budgets, free trade and financial deregulation, a combination that was credited with fueling the prosperity of the 1990s.But times have changed since then. On Wall Street, Rubin is facing questions about his role as director of Citigroup given the bank’s current woes. And in Washington, he and his acolytes are calling for a new formulation to address the global economic crisis that Obama will inherit — and rejecting or setting aside, for now, some of their old orthodoxies.

“balanced budgets, free trade and financial deregulation?”

None of these things are on the Democrat’s wish list. In fact, they pretty much oppose all of it. So why hire an economic team with these credentials?

Bureaucrats Stymied By Churches Charity

wcbstv.com – NYC Churches Ordered Not To Shelter Homeless

NEW YORK (CBS) ― City officials have ordered 22 New York churches to stop providing beds to homeless people.

With temperatures well below freezing early Saturday, the churches must obey a city rule requiring faith-based shelters to be open at least five days a week — or not at all.

Arnold Cohen, president of the Partnership for the Homeless, a nonprofit that serves as a link with the city, said he had to tell the churches they no longer qualify.

He said hundreds of people now won’t have a place to sleep.

The Department of Homeless Services said the city offers other shelters with the capacity to accept all those who have been sleeping in the churches. The city had 8,000 beds waiting.

So the problem is that the churches are taking in people that would otherwise go to government run shelters. How do you expect the shelters to get increased funding if their charges are allowed to go to private shelters. The churches are standing in the way of a bureaucratic empire.

They are keeping bureaucrats from appearing on TV, squelching their hopes of climbing the ladder from homeless shelter to something higher.

Gentlemen, We’ve Got To Protect Our Phony-Balony Jobs!*

The FairTax is an interesting idea. Complete elimination of all income, excise, and payroll taxes with them being replaced with a 23% inclusive tax on everything. There would be a “prebate” to everyone in the amount of the average amount for food and medicine. No exemptions, no way to give favored groups tax breaks.

Politicians, tax attorneys and every interest group that depends on their privileged tax status absolutely hate it.

Someone started a blog to convince everyone that the Fairtax is a bad idea and that it is an idea that is dead.

Funny thing about this blog. You can’t tell who writes it. You can’t tell if his assertions are backed by any facts because he (and it might be a she) doesn’t make use of the linking capability of the net. Nor can you leave comments, which is another great thing about the net.

Fairtax Absurdities

You have to wonder why the author is hiding? Why is he not allowing comments? And why doesn’t he link to facts supporting his contentions.

This is probably someone who stumbled on a sweet deal. He bashes the Fairtax and a bunch of Fairtax opponents pay him. You know they have deep pockets.

* Governor William J. Lepetomane – Blazing Saddles.

If The Intent Was “Fairness” This Would Be True.

Liberals, too, should reject the Fairness Doctrine

Reinstating the Fairness Doctrine resurrects these issues without any prospect of achieving balance in radio broadcasting. Attempts to limit conservative broadcasting would meet instant legal challenges. No court would uphold the doctrine in its earlier ambiguous form, which survived so long only because it faced few legal challenges.Moreover, liberals would do well to consider the implications of government regulation of on-air content. Do we really want government monitoring broadcasts, weighing their politics, and pushing program remedies? The doctrine died in the 1980s because it was seen as a muzzle on controversial broadcasting. It would do well to stay dead.

If the intent of reinstating the “Fairness Doctrine” was to force a “balance” of opinions expressed on the radio, Nicole might be right.

But the intent is not “balance.” The intent is to drive conservative talk radio off the air.

The idea is to use the method that the environmentalists have used to block logging. Serial lawsuits.

By suing the radio stations or networks for not “balancing” the opinions expressed on their stations. They would also petition the FCC to levy fines and challenge the stations license.

This would force the radio networks to defend themselves in court, at the FCC and at public hearing where a group of specially groomed “dissenters” from Media Matters would argue that they had not upheld their license requirements.

This all costs money and when lawyers are involved that means Big Money. So they would just fold and go back to running innocuous local flower shows and remotes at the Hog Festival.

Stories That You Won’t Read In The Newspaper

Marine Makes Insurgents Pay the Price

FARAH PROVINCE, Afghanistan — In the city of Shewan, approximately 250 insurgents ambushed 30 Marines and paid a heavy price for it.
[…]
“The day started out with a 10-kilometer patrol with elements mounted and dismounted, so by the time we got to Shewan, we were pretty beat,” said a designated marksman who requested to remain unidentified. “Our vehicles came under a barrage of enemy RPGs (rocket propelled grenades) and machine gun fire. One of our ‘humvees’ was disabled from RPG fire, and the Marines inside dismounted and laid down suppression fire so they could evacuate a Marine who was knocked unconscious from the blast.”

The vicious attack that left the humvee destroyed and several of the Marines pinned down in the kill zone sparked an intense eight-hour battle as the platoon desperately fought to recover their comrades. After recovering the Marines trapped in the kill zone, another platoon sergeant personally led numerous attacks on enemy fortified positions while the platoon fought house to house and trench to trench in order to clear through the enemy ambush site.
[…]
During the battle, the designated marksman single handedly thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machinegun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn’t miss any shots, despite the enemies’ rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position.

“I was in my own little world,” the young corporal said. “I wasn’t even aware of a lot of the rounds impacting near my position, because I was concentrating so hard on making sure my rounds were on target.”
[…]
“I didn’t realize how many bad guys there were until we had broken through the enemies’ lines and forced them to retreat. It was roughly 250 insurgents against 30 of us,” the corporal said. “It was a good day for the Marine Corps. We killed a lot of bad guys, and none of our guys were seriously injured.”

Stories like this might adversely affect the approved story line. They need to wait to find out how The One wants Afghanistan reported before they do anything drastic. Like report the news.

Which Do You Think Is Wrong?

A fiery Czech is poised to be the face of Europe – International Herald Tribune

Klaus, the 67-year-old president of the Czech Republic — an iconoclast with a perfectly clipped mustache — continues to provoke strong reactions. He has blamed what he calls the misguided fight against global warming for contributing to the international financial crisis, branded Al Gore an “apostle of arrogance” for his role in that fight, and accused the European Union of acting like a Communist state.

[…]

As a former finance minister and prime minister, he is credited with presiding over the peaceful 1993 split of Czechoslovakia into two states and helping to transform the Czech Republic into one of the former Soviet bloc’s most successful economies.

But his ideas about governance are out of step with many of the European Union nations that his country will lead starting Jan. 1.

So, he was right before and has the record to prove it, but is wrong now?

People who do not suffer fools are never liked by the fools. 

Russian President Thinks Obama Will Back Down On Missile Defense

Russian president sees Obama flexible on missile defense

LIMA, Peru (AFP) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Sunday he believed US president-elect Barack Obama could change Washington’s position over a hotly contested plan for a US missile defense shield in Eastern Europe.Asked if he saw a chance of a shift on the issue under Obama, Medvedev told reporters: “I think there are chances, because if the position of the current administration on this question looks extremely inflexible, the position of the president-elect looks more careful.”

And what do the Russians consider reasonable?

On Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed Russia wanted a complete abandonment of the US plans and said US promises to ease Russian concerns had so far been empty.”There has been no easing of our concerns,” Lavrov told reporters, adding that Russia would set out its formal position at talks in December.

“Our concerns can only be removed by one thing — the renunciation of plans for unilateral establishment of a missile defense system and an agreement to work together from scratch,” he said.

Complete compliance with Russian wishes.

Politically Required Training.

The sham of sex harassment training – Los Angeles Times

The imposition of training that has a political cast violates my academic freedom and my rights as a tenured professor. The university has already nullified my right to supervise my laboratory and the students I teach. It has threatened my livelihood and, ultimately, my position at the university. This for failing to submit to mock training in sexual harassment, a requirement that was never a condition of my employment at the University of California 30 years ago, nor when I came to UCI 11 years ago.Interestingly, I have received many letters of encouragement — about 25% of them from women. The comments have been rich with words like “demeaning,” “oppressive,” “politically driven” and “indoctrination.” Other phrases included “unctuous twaddle” and “sanctimonious half-wits.”

Sexual harassment is a politically charged issue. The people of California have granted no authority to the state to impose narrow political and cultural opinions on individual citizens.

Since I work for a government agency and before that was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, I have been forced to participate in a number of training classes that I thought were a waste of time.

Like the Professor, I resented the implication that I was guilty of whatever, and needed such training.

But I was wrong. I have come to realize that my view of such things was skewed. Like most people, I supposed that the purpose of such training was to instruct me in some area where I was deficient. But that is not the case.

The purpose of these training sessions is political. Some interest group or another, in the case of Sexual Harassment Training it would be militant feminists, but it could be the NAACP, had made a lot of noise and convinced some politicians that it was imperative that they “do something.” So they made such training mandatory for government employees. Then the fact that it was embraced by the government meant it spread into the private sector.

The purpose of the training is twofold. First, it gives an appearance of “doing something” which can mollify vocal critics. Secondly, in many cases, but not all, the training requirement has generated demand for people to give the training. In the case of Sexual Harassment it would be militant feminists. But in any case the ones who pushed for the “training” are the same group which ends up giving the “training.”

This also has the side effect of giving these groups access to a captive audience for their message. Whatever that might be.

So you see. The purpose of these mandatory classes is not to correct deficiencies in the conduct of employees, it is to protect the management and buy off critics.

But No One Cares About The Narrative

Instapundit

VIA HERITAGE, HERE’S A SITE where you can submit comments on the EPA’s proposed carbon regulations.UPDATE: Reader Neal King writes: “I was happy to start using the pointed-to site – until I found out that it was set up so that I could submit ‘their’ comments, not ‘my’ comments.” Well, you can type your own stuff in place of the boilerplate that’s generated automatically. But it is a bit heavy-handed.

When these things are received they just look at where it came from and put another check under that. No matter what you write it’s going to get put down to supporting Heritage’s position.

No one actually reads these mass e-mails.