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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 02/15/2012

Morning Bits

No one likes a scold.

Or a sourpuss. Ronald Reagan won “because he exuded a calm, unwavering and cheerful confidence in our goodness and our ability to overcome our national nightmare.”

Or a buck-passer. “The first two years [Obama] said ‘I can’t do anything about debt because the recession is on. So I’ll appoint a commission which will report after the mid-term election and do it.’ Of course the [Simpson-Bowles] commission reports in December of 2010 and he does nothing about it. He submits a budget last year which was so preposterous — did nothing about debt, increased it — that the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats, rejected it 97 to 0. Which is why the budget he submitted today, which is even worse than last year’s, is something that Harry Reid doesn’t want to go to the Senate floor because it will be rejected and laughed out of the Senate.”

Or a false prophet. Young voters abandon Obama. “The rise in the number of college students attending CPAC would seem to reflect that an ever increasing number of young adults, perhaps awakened by the realities looming in a depressed jobs market, is looking for different answers. Those nearing graduation are especially focused. Says one particularly motivated millennial who attended CPAC: ‘We know that ousting Obama is the only way we’ll be able to find a quality job when we graduate.’”

Or a free-loader. “As a nonprofit, Brown University has long enjoyed broad property-tax relief on its regal cluster of brick buildings in the state capital’s best neighborhood. . . . Brown now pays the city a total of about $4 million a year, which is made up of $2.5 million [in] voluntary payments and $1.6 million in fees on land it leases or owns but doesn’t use for educational purposes. The city wants Brown to pay an additional $40 million over the next decade, which would effectively double the university’s payments to Providence.” Maybe Brown will appreciate how parents feel about tuition hikes.

Or high gas prices. “Gas prices could be quite high, over $4 a gallon. At the same time, the economy, while better, will be hardly booming. The new Wall Street Journal economic survey pegs 2012 GDP growth at 2.5 percent, unemployment at 8 percent. Good enough for an Obama reelection? Maybe. For the U.S. economy? Hardly.”

Or a conspiracy-monger (especially if we are paying the tab). “One of the greatest dangers to democracy in Egypt is the prevalence of conspiracy theories warning that secret plots are under way against the country. The purpose is to persuade citizens that what they see before them — repression by the army, for example — is not real, while behind the scenes invisible evil plots are under way.”

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