By Jennifer Rubin,
Funny how the bigger government gets, the less people like it. “A decade ago, Americans felt similarly about their local, state and federal governments. No longer. Today, just one in three has a favorable view of the federal government — the lowest level in 15 years, according to a Pew survey. The majority of Americans remain satisfied with their local and state governments — 61 percent and 52 percent, respectively — but only 33 percent feel likewise about the federal government.”
Funny how reporters think that because they are chattering about a VP he or she moves up on Mitt Romney’s list. “Push New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte higher on the list of names Mitt Romney is considering for his vice presidential pick. Top congressional officials, especially those associated with the Tea Party, are talking her up as a perfect pick if the presumptive nominee wants a woman veep.”
Funny how Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Romney sound more and more alike. “Government has never come up with a magic formula for lowering costs and improving quality. It’s time to put 50 million seniors, not 15 bureaucrats, in charge of their own health care decisions. Forcing insurance companies to compete is the only way to guarantee quality, affordable health care for seniors that will last for generations. . . . The contrast between the President’s approach and ours could not be clearer. We put our trust in citizens, not government. Our budget returns power to individuals, to families, and to communities.” (That one was Ryan.)
Funny how CBS’s Bob Simon has fallen silent. You’d think he’d want to defend himself, well if he had a defense. “ Bob Simon repeatedly suggested that Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren had crossed a line by contacting the network in advance to complain of a coming ‘hatchet job.’ . . . But Simon’s apparent shock — and high dudgeon — at Oren’s conduct were nowhere to be found in a letter he wrote the ambassador before the taping, and which was provided to BuzzFeed by a political operative not party to the dispute who said he shared it because he thought it illustrated CBS doubletalk.” You mean it was fictionalized to make it more dramatic and make Israel seem worse? Shocking, I know.
Funny how Obama’s Afghanistan policy is so irresponsible it makes Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) look like a hawk. “Leaders on the Senate Armed Services Committee — including its Democratic chairman — are pushing back against a plan backed by the Obama administration to reduce the size of the Afghanistan security forces after U.S. troops pull out in 2014.”
Funny how the “out of touch” meme is now sticking to Obama. “Vacation backlash: Blue collar Dems jealous, angry at Obamas.” Umm, David Axelrod call your office. “[T]he president’s attack on the rich and GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney’s wealth is working, but the voters were also lumping in the president’s vacation spending in with the General Services Administration’s Las Vegas scandal and federal spending for those who aren’t looking for work.”
Funny how spending more taxpayer money and threatening to raise taxes doesn’t really help the economy. “New applications for unemployment benefits last week remained near the highest level in nearly four months, showing that the labor market’s recent improvement may be slowing.”
Funny how “leading from behind” now sounds like an improvement. “A number of Syrian civilians died in a poor neighborhood of Hama after their houses crashed down on them, but the government and the opposition offered widely different accounts on Thursday of the cause. Opposition activists called it a massacre, saying intense government shelling caused a row of cinder-block shanties to collapse, killing about 70 people. The state news media, however, said 16 people died when a bomb-making operation by government opponents went awry, with a series of blasts leveling the houses, in the Mashaa al-Tayar neighborhood.” It took some nerve for Obama to say we are doing “everything we can” to help the Syrian opposition.