Friday Morning Linkslide

How many times do we have to tell you? Do as we say, not as we do. Like the transportation secretary riding up to unveil new window stickers (which will no doubt save a trillion barrels of oil a year, just by their newness) in a 12 mpg Chevy Suburban. I also love the fact that he said, “we’re not just sitting around waiting for high gasoline prices to come down.” No, instead of drilling like madmen, we’re maintaining the ban on drilling that could lead to multiple billions of barrels of oil being put on the market, we’re cranking out these nifty new stickers.

Texas legislators caved in to the TSA’s’ threat to shut down flights into Texas if the state enacted a “Don’t grope us” law. And that caving in didn’t sit well with Texans. I’ll ask this question once more: Exactly how many terrorists has the TSA caught? Hint: It’s the same number of votes that Pres. Obama’s budget plan got.

Here’s another, more detailed look at Texas’ efforts to stop the TSA from stomping on the Fourth Amendment.

Nice non-union house ya got here. It’d be a shame if someting wuz to happen to it, right afta we got yer address from the guvmint. Just sayin’. All together now: “Look for the union label, when you are threatened, or having your tires slashed…”

What are we always told when school test scores don’t improve? More money is what is needed. Yeah, about that. You might want to look at how New York is spending like…New York, and still has abysmal education results.

Right-wing thuggery continues. Now, Pres. Bush’s White House has banned reporters from the Boston Herald from having access to the president. Wait. Scratch that. It’s Pres. Obama’s White House that has its knickers in a twist and won’t allow the Herald access. The paper’s crime? They printed an editorial from Mitt Romney. Please, tell me again how his leadership is “nuanced.”

I was a history major in college (so I’ve got to type fast; those fries aren’t going to jump into the grease by themselves), and almost minored in German history. I get really lathered up when people throw the term “Nazi” around, because, most of the time, it’s just a shortcut, a pejorative buzzword used to dismiss something they couldn’ attack logically. But when you read of cities calling for citizens not to buy Israeli goods, and mandating that Israeli products have a special sticker on them, I’m going to go ahead and play the Nazi card.

Imagine that a state passed a law making it  illegal for businesses to knowingly hire escaped convicts. Do you think there would be much of an outcry? Most likely, there wouldn’t be. But when Arizona passed a law making it illegal for business to hire illegal immigrants, the state had to go all the way to the Supreme Court to get an official OK on the matter. Un. Real.

This is a real shocker: PriceWaterhouseCoopers looked at Pres. Obama’s plan to nationalize healthcare and found that it would actually increase the cost of healthcare. I just don’t understand how creating a monstrous government program operated by thousands of government workers whose jobs are guaranteed could possibly be less efficient than a free-market business sector where profits determine viability.

When more and more Democrats think Obamacare is an abomination, I start to think there’s a future for this counry after all.

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