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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Morning Bits

The early bird catches the worm. “Romney’s mastery of early voting made it nearly impossible for his less-organized, less-moneyed rivals to ever beat him.”

Among the keys to happiness, according to Dennis Prager: “Gratitude is the mother of happiness.”

Money can’t buy you love.“Lost amid all the talk about millionaires influencing the 2012 election is a striking fact: The Republican primaries are shaping up as the cheapest and most financially depressed presidential nominating contests in years.”

A distinction without a difference. “The governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, voted for Rick Santorum today — but he’s careful to note that it wasn’t an endorsement, despite the Santorum campaign’s efforts to cast it as one without outright saying so.”

A million here, a billion there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money. Turns out (who knew?) Obama costs a lot more than advertised. “President Obama’s national health-care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law. Democrats employed many accounting tricks when they were pushing through the national health-care legislation, the most egregious of which was to delay full implementation of the law until 2014, so it would appear cheaper under the CBO’s standard ten-year budget window and, at least on paper, meet Obama’s pledge that the legislation would cost “around $900 billion over 10 years.” When the final CBO score came out before passage, critics noted that the true 10 year cost would be far higher than advertised once projections accounted for full implementation.”

The buck stops here. But never with President Obama. Mitt Romney bashes him: “I wish, as a president, he would finally take responsibility. Take responsibility for 24 million people out of work or underemployed in this country. Take responsibility for not having drilled for more oil when he could have. Take, take responsibility for home values having gone down, down, down. And take responsibility for the national debt having, well, he’s almost doubled the amount of our public national debt by the end of his first . . . his only four years. . . . It’s time for this president to be held responsible and, because of that responsibility, he’s going to be out of office this coming fall.”

The proof is in the pudding. John Steele Gordon argues that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial reforms have worked: “The reforms did a number of things. They ended the automatic collection of union dues by the state, causing an immediate drop in union income and the laying off of numerous union employees. They required that state employees kick in 5.8 percent of their salaries towards their own pensions and to pick up 12.6 percent of their health insurance premiums, bringing public employees more in line with private employee realities. Most important, it limited collective bargaining to salaries (and even that bargaining is limited by the rate of inflation). For the first time in decades, school administrations are now actually able to administer their districts without union interference, and the savings have been huge.” Sounds to me like grounds for recall.

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. “The Syrian army has recaptured most of the northern rebel stronghold of Idlib near the Turkish border, pushing hundreds of military defectors out of a major base they had held for months even as pockets of resistance kept up their fight Tuesday. The three-day operation to capture the city followed closely after a similar offensive to dislodge the opposition from another key piece of territory it had controlled, the Baba Amr district in central Homs. The two victories gave President Bashar al-Assad’s regime unmistakable momentum as it tries to crush the armed opposition fighters.”

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