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Flotsam and Jetsam

A guide to all the things Jon Corzine has to worry about.

These people are no fools: “China will not make a binding commitment to reduce carbon emissions, putting in jeopardy the prospects for a global pact on climate change. Officials from Beijing told a UN conference in Bonn yesterday that China would increase its emissions to develop its economy rather than sign up to mandatory cuts.” Increase, mind you. But not our Congress and president. What’s wrong with this picture?

It took David Letterman to get NOW to speak up for Sarah Palin and her family.

In an effort to improve our image around the world by closing Guantanamo, Obama has angered the British, our closest ally, by going behind theirs backs to cut a deal with Bermuda. Is this even about America’s image anymore or is it about Obama’s credentials with the American Left?

More reason for the profligate spenders to worry: “Most voters (53%) believe increases in government spending hurt the economy, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. . . Just 27% now say increased government spending helps the economy, and 10% say it has no impact.” And that includes 57% of Independents who think spending hurts the economy.

Maybe nationalized healthcare isn’t inevitable. James Capretta writes: “Reality is starting to sink in. It’s one thing to promise massive new subsidies for insurance. It is quite another to put together a realistic plan to pay for the program, especially on a partisan basis. There is simply no politically easy or safe way to raise $1.5 trillion for a government takeover of American health care. Rank-and-file Democrats are starting to find that out.”

Former Democratic Congressmen Martin Frost: “It is an enormous mistake for the government to become involved in setting executive pay levels for privately held businesses. If the government owns the majority of the shares in any company, the government should elect a majority of the board of directors and let the board set compensation levels. It should not be done as a matter of course by a government official just because the government has some stake in a company. Put me down on the side of pro-free enterprise Democrats.” Wow. .  . “pro-free enterprise Democrats.” We finally found a group smaller than Scoop Jackson Democrats.

Michael Goldfarb debunks the notion that Ahmadinejad’s opponent is a “reformist candidate.”

Michael Gerson probes why anti-Semitism is an enduring evil. He writes: “But we do know that anti-Semitism has always been a kind of test — a reliable measure of a nation’s moral and social health. When the rights of Jews are violated, all human rights are insecure. When Jews and Jewish institutions are targeted, all minorities have reason for fear. And by this standard, America has cause for introspection.” As to the last point, yes and no. No non-Jewish nation has every been as accepting and as safe for Jews as America. But the degree to which anti-Semitism weaves itself, not only into sporadic violence and the vile verbiage from the likes of the Reverend Wrights, but into 24/7 blogspheric dialogue and “polite” society is shocking and deeply disturbing.

Jeffrey Goldberg makes the case that Jews need to get over their gun aversion: “I think the Jewish community should take this as a lesson, in particular those institutions that are only ‘protected’ by unarmed guards. You can’t fight a rifle or a shotgun with a stick, or a whistle, or good intentions. Only armed guards are at all capable of stopping an attack. American Jews — and this is broad generalization here — are queasy around weapons. This queasiness is rooted in our urban and suburban existence. But one of the lessons of the Holocaust to me — I said this in my book, Prisoners, to some criticism — is that it is more difficult to kill an armed Jew than an unarmed Jew.”

Sure enough the defense supplemental funding bill nearly unraveled – and the president sorta, kinda seemed to say if needed to he would sign an executive order to prevent release of the detainee abuse photos. Why didn’t he do this up front? Rather hide behind the courts or Congress if he possibly can, it seems. There’s a leader for you.


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