Sixty-Three Percent

…now favor repealing the health-care debacle. Sounds like a good Republican campaign issue this fall.

The supporters of ObamaCare are not helped, of course, by stories like this:

Healthcare law tax credits encourage small businesses to stay small, not hire…

You don’t say.

The only question is whether this was an intended, or unintended consequence. It was perfectly predictable to anyone who understands human nature, incentives, and economics. Which excludes most Democrats.

Stop Slandering The Innocent, Joe

Moe Lane makes a good point about Sestak’s claim that there was bribe attempt, but refuses to say by whom:

Either Sestak is lying about this, in which case he’s, well, a liar who did so for crass political gain; or Sestak’s telling the truth about this, in which case he’s pretty much explicitly participating in a cover-up of a felony. Either way, talking in general terms is not really acceptable. Unless there was an active conspiracy permeating the entire Executive Branch to bribe Joe Sestak, somebody in the White House is innocent of this crime – but until we get the full details of what happens, we won’t know who. And while I may have been heavily critical of the unprofessional behavior of the White House’s staffers, I think it’s hardly fair of Sestak to talk about this scandal in a fashion that implicates all of them.

Of course, the White House could clear things up, and clear the innocent, if it wanted to. After all, Gibbs won’t deny it — he just won’t talk about it.

Commercial Human Spaceflight Prospects

Jeff Foust has a good roundup of the current state of play in industry/congressional skepticism about the ability of the new players to do the job.

And Tom Frieling describes an appallingly bad book on space history. This kind of thing is really inexcusable, and may feed ignorance for years. When I do my pieces for The New Atlantis, I circulate drafts among a lot of knowledgeable people, to make sure that I get it right. If I write a book, I’ll do the same thing. But I guess that kind of thing isn’t very important to some authors and publishers.

Led By Schlemiels

Some thoughts on self-abasing Jews. I like the Star Trek reference in comments.

And sadly, this seems related. They’re not brown shirts — they’re purple shirts, supported and encouraged by the State.

Folks, for those who have been brainwashed by academia all these years, this is what real fascism looks like.

[Update later morning]

A thug too far? Unfortunately, probably not, unless the media gets interested in the story.

[crickets chirping]

The New Culture War

It’s not about God, gays and abortion any more:

Those old battles have been eclipsed by a new struggle between two competing visions of the country’s future. In one, America will continue to be an exceptional nation organized around the principles of free enterprise — limited government, a reliance on entrepreneurship and rewards determined by market forces. In the other, America will move toward European-style statism grounded in expanding bureaucracies, a managed economy and large-scale income redistribution. These visions are not reconcilable. We must choose.

It is not at all clear which side will prevail. The forces of big government are entrenched and enjoy the full arsenal of the administration’s money and influence. Our leaders in Washington, aided by the unprecedented economic crisis of recent years and the panic it induced, have seized the moment to introduce breathtaking expansions of state power in huge swaths of the economy, from the health-care takeover to the financial regulatory bill that the Senate approved Thursday. If these forces continue to prevail, America will cease to be a free enterprise nation.

I know which side I’m on. Read the whole thing.

[Sunday afternoon update]

Yes, Virginia, there is a culture war. As noted, it’s the one that has been raging for two centuries between Rousseau and Locke. And the Rousseauians have a lot of blood on their hands.

[Bumped]

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