Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Today in the Washington Examiner June 1, 2011

Not so fast on 'Mediscare' and bellwethers

It's fascinating to watch Democrats and their liberal media friends as they treat Republicans like a bunch of kids at summer camp, keeping them up at night with scary stories. There's Mr. Schumer, the camp counselor, carefully lowering his voice to a whisper, then jumping up and yelling, "Mediscare! Run for your life!!" Just as the terrified Republican kids come tearing out of the tent, spooky-looking liberal media goblins jump out from the bushes screaming, "Voter backlash! You're all going to die!!" Political pandemonium ensues. Works every time.

Bill and Newt, the Gold Dust Twins from across the tracks
By: Noemie Emery

Just when we thought it was safe to move on, ex-President Clinton and ex-House Speaker Gingrich are with us again, pulling us back to their personal dramas, and their mid-'90s cultural wars. Emmett Tyrrell cruelly links them to Dominque Strauss-Kahn, Socialist-Rikers Island, as sorry examples of boomer entitlement:

Trial lawyers working to let trespassers sue you
By: David Freddoso

"Rick assaults Sasha on a public street and snatches her purse. In the course of his escape from the scene, he climbs over the fence at Rachel's bed and breakfast and is injured by [an] uninsulated [electrical] wire." So, can Rick the purse-snatcher sue Rachel the hotelier, whose property he violated?

Commander in chief of the U.S. economy
By: Gene Healy

The Imperial Presidency: Second of a three-part series Monday - Going to war whether Congress likes it or not Tuesday - Commander-in-chief of the economy Wednesday - It's OK, he's our imperial president!

Do we deserve our fate?
By: Walter Williams

The latest Social Security Trustees Report tells us that the program will be insolvent by the year 2037. The combined unfunded liability of Social Security and Medicare has reached nearly $107 trillion in today's dollars. That is about seven times the size of the U.S. economy and 10 times the size of the national debt. Those entitlement programs, along with others, account for nearly 60 percent of federal spending. They are what Congress calls non-discretionary spending.

Government against blacks
By: John Stossel

The other day, I went to Times Square to ask people what government should do to help poor people. Most everyone agreed on the answer: "more social programs and a higher minimum wage."

Cyberwarfare: The doctrine of equivalence
By: Austin Bay

Hack the United States with a crippling computer virus, and the Pentagon may respond with smart bombs and commando teams.

Chasing Sarah: The boys behind the bus
By: Michelle Malkin

In the 1970s, "The Boys on the Bus" exposed how a clubby pack of male political reporters ruled the road to the White House and shaped the news. Four decades later, an outsider gal from Alaska has commandeered the 2012 media bus -- and left Beltway journalism insiders eating her dust. We've come a long way, baby.

Obama's calculated insults to Israel expose his leftist ideology
By: Thomas Sowell
All that is surprising about President Obama's latest blow against Israel is that there are people who are surprised. As for a Palestinian homeland, that was never a big issue when the Arabs controlled that land, up to 1967.

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