Quote of the Day

There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime. Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them.

—P. J. O’Rourke

The GOP Senate: A New Utopia?

The Republicans have won the Senate, and they surely won’t screw it up this time. Right?

P. J. O’Rourke has some thoughts on the matter.

I look forward to a golden sunset for the Obama years, a peaceful twilight of across-the-aisle cooperation and mutual respect and esteem from the Noble Capital at one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the People’s House at the other.

Read the whole thing.

The Minimum Wage Economy

Governors Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and Dannel Malloy (D-CT) sparred at a press briefing outside the White House follow a National Governors Association meeting with the President. Politico reports that Jindal noted that the President placed great stress on raising the minimum wage during the meeting. “The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy. I think we can do better than that, I think America can do better than that.” He spoke out in favor of action such as reduced regulation or building the XL Pipeline that would benefit Louisiana’s oil and gas industry.

Malloy disagreed noting, “So let me just say that we don’t all agree that moving Canadian oil through the United States is necessarily the best thing for the United States economy.”

Jindal replied, “We think we can grow the economy. We think we can do better than the minimum wage economy.”

Jindal’s remarks do describe what some Americans are now seeing. Unemployment and underemployment are becoming the new normal in many places. We have a measure of prosperity here in the DC area that doesn’t exist in large sections of fly-over country. If Republicans can convince voters that they can do better, this will be a very bad year for Democrats. OTOH, if the voters continue to see Republicans as described by P. J. O’Rouke (“The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then they get elected and prove it.”), …

Veni, Vidi, Fugi

Which P. J. O’Rourke translates as I Came, I Saw, I Skedaddled.

I am crossing the Rubicon. Brrr, the water’s chilly. Deep, too. I’m going for a walk along the riverbank to look for a bridge. And I will cross the Rubicon as soon as the weather warms up. The die has been cast. That is, the deck has been shuffled. Or the Wheel of Fortune has been spun. And I’ll buy a vowel.

Read the whole thing.

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

P. J. O’Rourke has an insightful column up at the Weekly Standard in which he explains why he believes President Obama is, in fact, stupid.

And there it is: Dopey stimulus, obtuse bailout, noodle-headed Obamacare, half-wit Dodd-Frank, damfool IRS Tea Party crashers, AP and Fox News beset by oafish peeping Toms and the Benghazi tale told by an idiot. One could go on. Stupid is a great force in human affairs. And the great force has a commander in chief.

Read the whole thing and see why he thinks other pundits won’t use the term.

Quote of the Day

And then there is the Tenth Commandment. “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.” The Ten Commandments are God’s basic rules about how we should live — a brief list of sacred obligations and solemn moral precepts.
The first nine Commandments concern theological principles and social law. But then, right at the end, is “Don’t envy your buddy’s cow.” How did that make the top ten? What’s it doing there? Why would God, with just ten things to tell Moses, choose as one of those things jealousy about the starter mansion with in-ground pool next door?
Yet think how important the Tenth Commandment is to a community, to a nation, indeed to a presidential election. If you want a mule, if you want a pot roast, if you want a cleaning lady, don’t be a jerk and whine about what the people across the street have — go get your own.
The Tenth Commandment sends a message to all the jerks who want redistribution of wealth, higher taxes, more government programs, more government regulation, more government, less free enterprise, and less freedom. And the message is clear and concise: Go to hell.

—P. J. O’Rourke

Ad Astra?

P. J. O’Rourke has an insightful analysis of how NASA fits in (or misfits) with various presidential candidates’ views.

Space is not an issue in this election. There are good reasons it should be. NASA is cheap. Its budget is $17.7 billion, one-fourth the budget for the Department of Education, which ought to​—​considering the state of public schools, where none of the kids can do this math​—​give its money to NASA.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE–Rob Bluey takes a look at President Obama’s spending on education and how he and his Education Secretary Arne Duncan are realigning education policy.

It’s not just spending on federal education programs that should alarm liberty-minded Americans. Under Duncan’s leadership, he’s gradually and systematically stripped power away from states and further reduced local control over education.

BTW, I didn’t vote for Ron Paul today, but I do agree with his position on the Department of Education. Eliminate it.