Standing up to bullies is always satisfying. “Condoleezza Rice​ will remain on Dropbox’s board of directors, according to a blogpost from founder and CEO Drew Houston. Rice’s recent appointment to the board drew some controversy among political opponents of the former secretary of state, who urged the file-sharing company to reverse its decision. The backlash to Rice’s addition came just days after Mozilla pushed out its newly hired CEO Brandon Eich for his support of traditional marriage in 2008, prompting some to think Dropbox would follow suit and let Rice go to avoid political fallout. But Houston writes that Dropbox is ‘honored to have Dr. Rice join our board’ as it continues to ensure customers’ privacy.” Good for him.

Pro-Russian demonstrators dressed in Soviet military uniforms shout slogans as they take part in a rally in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa on April 10, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened on April 10 to cut off Ukraine's gas unless Europe drummed up the cash to help cover its debts in an intensifying standoff over the splintered ex-Soviet state. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXEY KRAVTSOVALEXEY KRAVTSOV/AFP/Getty Images Pro-Russian demonstrators dressed in Soviet military garb rally in Odessa, Ukraine. (Alexey Kraftsov/Getty Images)

Ronald Reagan’s record in inspiring a generation of conservatives to enter politics stands up pretty well over time. Another reason why President Obama isn’t the left’s Reagan: “For all the talk about the movement that elected Mr. Obama, the more notable movement of Obama supporters has been away from politics. It appears that few of the young people who voted for him, and even fewer Obama campaign and administration operatives, have decided to run for office. Far more have joined the high-paid consultant ranks.” The one-percenters, I guess. And this blow to the president’s self-image comes from the New York Times, no less.

I don’t suppose many Dems are going to stand behind the promise to lower the health-care cost curve. “Now, recent research from the Altarum Institute shows that the period of slow growth [in health-care costs] may be coming to an end. According to their Health Sector Economic Indicators, researchers found that [National Health Expenditures] has grown by 6.7 percent over the past year—the fastest annual growth period since 2007—and is now equal to 17.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Hospital care, prescription drugs, and health insurance premiums led the way in fastest growing components of NHE, growing by 8.4 percent, 9.3 percent, and 11 percent, respectively.” Read the whole thing.

One state GOP party no longer stands officially against gay marriage or abortion. “Republicans who sat on the platform committee said they decided not to deal with social issues this year because the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts have weighed in and it doesn’t make sense for the party of ‘personal freedom’ to have the government or the political party get involved in people’s personal lives.”

A lot of GOP donors are standing with mainstream candidates who want to win. “The Republican outside-spending group American Crossroads raised $5.2 million in March, marking a sharp uptick in fundraising for the super PAC that largely defined the GOP air war during the last presidential election.”

If you stand there talking about poverty and ignore social issues, you’re really not getting at the root of the problem. “According to the Census Bureau, in 2012 the poverty rate among children living with only their mother was 47.2 percent; by contrast, the poverty rate among children living with their married parents was 11.1 percent, meaning that a child living with a single mother was almost five times as likely to be poor as a child living with married parents.”

It is time to start standing up to him. “From the moment the revolution in Kiev won and ousted President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country, Vladimir Putin’s tactics have been dictated by three strategic considerations: to sustain the domestic rally-round-the-flag effect in order to solidify an unchallenged personal dictatorship; to intimidate and/or cajole the West into imposing weak and largely meaningless sanctions (or, better yet, no sanctions at all); and to punish, humiliate, destabilize, and eventually derail a Europe-bound Ukraine. The constantly updated cost-benefit analysis of implementing these objectives will continue to determine Moscow’s Ukrainian policy.”

No standing on ceremony for Bret Stephens. “If Mr. Paul wants to accuse the former vice president of engineering a war in Iraq so he could shovel some profits over to his past employer, he should come out and say so explicitly. Ideally at the next Heritage Action powwow. Let’s not mince words. This man wants to be the Republican nominee for president. And so he should be. Because maybe what the GOP needs is another humbling landslide defeat. When moderation on a subject like immigration is ideologically disqualifying, but bark-at-the-moon lunacy about Halliburton is not, then the party has worse problems than merely its choice of nominee.” Hmm, sounds sort of like what we’ve been saying for some months now.

 

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.
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