Strange bedfellows. Anti-immigration zealot Lou Dobbs gives Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) thumbs up on immigration reform.
Odd they would need a study for this. “Study shows growth in European anti-Semitism.”
Weird to ignore the debt in the inaugural address. It’s not like we can afford to: “The idea that one should just ignore all these problems and apply crude Keynesian stimulus is a dangerous one. It matters a great deal how the government taxes and spends, not just how much. The US debt level is a constraint. A growing number of empirical studies . . . suggest that the US has already reached a debt level that has been associated with slower growth in advanced countries.”
Bizarre how so many think Hillary Clinton has been a great secretary of state. “Are Arabs and Israelis closer to peace? How about Iran and North Korea and their nuclear programs? Have they been halted or seriously set back? Has the reset with Russia, which she so famously introduced with the photo-op in Moscow with the reset button, has that led to a new and more cooperative relationship? Is there a Clinton doctrine that we can identify that she has articulated and formed as secretary of state?” In fact there is a good argument that we are not more influential in anywhere in the world since President Obama took office.
Freaky when the New York Times sounds like National Review. “As he heads into a second term with sweeping ambition in an era of gridlock, President Obama is assembling a new White House team that looks much like the old one, choosing familiarity over freshness even at the risk of insularity. . . . Veterans of his administration and its predecessors said one of the biggest concerns for a second-term president is listening to the same people so much that contrary voices from the outside are too easily dismissed.” For a first-term president, too.
Peculiar, really, that there remains such bipartisan agreement on how divisive was the president’s inaugural address. Bob Woodward: “I really think there was somewhat of a lost opportunity here. He’d given a healing speech — suppose he had turned around, which would have been extraordinary, to Speaker Boehner, the Republican leader of the House, and said, ‘We’re going to work together on these things; we’re going to fix my agenda and your agenda’ and of course Boehner’s agenda is, ‘We have to cut spending.’ ”
Unusual to find so much common sense sprouting up about immigration. George Will explains: “[W]hat no one can say who’s involved in the process, but the rest of us have to say over and over again is the 11 million undocumented immigrants are not going home. The American people would not tolerate the police measures necessary to extract from our community. A significant portion of them have been here 10 years or more. Five million have had children. Those 5 million children are American citizens. . . . In order to deport 11 million people would require a line of buses bumper to bumper from San Diego to Alaska. It’s not going to happen. Therefore, the question is, how do you get to citizenship?” Exactly.