Hard to quibble with that. “‘What the president needs to do is to reach out not just to Republicans, but to Democrats, and to ensure that he gives them the political cover to do, frankly, what most of them know needs to be done,’ [Sen. Rob] Portman said Sunday on the CBS program ‘Face the Nation.’”
Tough to imagine he wouldn’t want to run. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) “said he intended to focus on the budget and not worry about positioning himself for a possible presidential run in 2016. Ryan did give one tidbit that might suggest he views a ‘16 run favorably, though. He told Chris Wallace that, far from dreading the idea of participating in another presidential slog, he ‘enjoyed’ the 2012 presidential campaign and viewed it as a ‘pleasant exercise.’”
Difficult to take the monthly job numbers seriously when you consider that “50% of the time, the initial perception of the jobs numbers would have been incorrect: Reported jobs growth fell short of economists’ expectations, but then the revised numbers actually exceeded them, or vice versa. In other words, if you want to know what today’s jobs report means for the economy, reading the headlines is no more useful than flipping a coin.”
Troublesome news for the everyone-has-to-go-to-college crowd. “Yes, the higher education bubble has increased income inequality, burdened lower- and middle-class families with excessive debt, and made social mobility harder by requiring a college degree even for entry-level jobs that don’t really require it.”
Exhausting to get R’s and D’s to work together? Try Israeli politics: “Knives out in Likud over PM’s allocation of ministries.”
Problematic to have a disgraced senator as chairman. “Senate Democrats have a problem called Robert Menendez. It may mean the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which the lawmaker heads, will be unable to play an important and much-needed role of overseer. The New Jersey Democrat became chairman of the panel when John Kerry was tapped to be secretary of state. Never a foreign policy heavyweight to begin with, Menendez is now the subject of conflict-of-interest allegations that are being looked at by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Senate Ethics Committee.” But then again, the Democrats have never been interested in real oversight of this administration.
Troubled waters still ahead. “The increase in hiring has done little more than keep up with population growth—the share of the population that is working or looking for work is near a three-decade low. The trend of lower workforce participation is partly a function of an aging population, and partly the result of long-run changes such as increased rates of college attendance, which has reduced the share of young people who are working. But what is troubling is that the recent job gains don’t appear to be reaching those who need it most, the unemployed. . . . What is worse, long-term unemployment, which had been showing signs of improvement, rose in February. The average unemployed American has been out of work for more than eight months, and more than a quarter have been looking for at least a year.”
Vexing when you have a commander in chief who hasn’t figured out when criminal laws apply and when they don’t. Max Boot reminds us that “we are in a legal no man’s land where it is easier to kill a terrorist than to lock him up. That is a nonsensical state of affairs that could be fixed by the Obama administration availing itself of the facilities and procedures that already exist at Gitmo. This is not just a question of logistics–detainees held at Gitmo can be interrogated without being read their Miranda rights and can be held even if there is not proof beyond reasonable doubt of their guilt that can be presented in open court. These are important advantages in the war on terror that the Obama administration should not throw away.”