You’re killing me, Mitt

It’s the big government, stupid.

As with so many Romney-related flaps, the one surrounding his observation that he could take credit for President Obama’s restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler has been confused and out of focus.  Well, maybe not out of focus, but focused narrowly, and with all the superficiality that can be mustered in 24 short hours, on Romney’s unconscionable triumphalism at Obama’s expense.

The temptation is strong to just let this one go.  But it’s actually a perfect example of where Romney is, um, challenged, and why my enthusiasm for him remains tepid.  The short version of my point is Continue reading “You’re killing me, Mitt”

Follow the “M” word: More on the “National Defense Resources Preparedness” Executive Order

Money money money money – MONEY.

Not “martial law,” folks.  Not that “M” word.  The other one: “money.”

Ed Morrissey did an excellent job breaking down the few actual differences between Obama’s new defense-resources EO and the previous version from 1994.  Here are the two main differences:

1.  The Obama EO elaborates vague-sounding functions for federal agencies in maintaining defense-resources preparedness (Section 103).  Ed summarizes them as follows:

Note what this EO specifically orders: identify, assess, be prepared, improve, foster cooperation.

2.  The Obama EO delegates authorities under Section 308 to agency heads.  The Section 308 authorities include putting additional equipment in public and private defense industrial facilities, and modifying or expanding private facilities, including modifying or “improving” industrial processes.

Any time I see the Obama administration and “modifying private industry” in the same zip code, Continue reading “Follow the “M” word: More on the “National Defense Resources Preparedness” Executive Order”

Navy buys biofuel for $16 a gallon

Really hot gas.

This is going to help the Defense Department weather looming budget cuts, for sure.  Teaming up with the Department of Agriculture (which has a cheery Rotary Club ring to it), the Navy has purchased 450,000 gallons of biofuel for about $16 a gallon, or about 4 times the price of its standard marine fuel, JP-5, which has been going for under $4 a gallon.

You won’t be surprised to learn that a member of Obama’s presidential transition team, T. J. Glauthier, is a “strategic advisor” at Solazyme, the California company that is selling a portion of the biofuel to the Navy.  Glauthier worked – shock, shock – Continue reading “Navy buys biofuel for $16 a gallon”

Reversion to the Clinton tax hikes: Time to rethink what our government has become

Stop treading on us.

As we read more and more about the US federal government handing out money – borrowed-against-our-future money – to the private enterprises of Obama’s campaign donors, it is heart-warming to remember that the tax code is scheduled to revert on 1 January 2013* to what it was under Bill Clinton.

This means that unless the Super Committee comes to an agreement to avert it, you are almost guaranteed to have a larger federal income tax bill after next year.

Money-manager-types explain, each time we reach this precipice, that going back to the Clinton tax code means virtually everyone who pays now will pay more.  It also means some who don’t currently pay net federal income tax will have a balance owed in 2013 after exemptions.

It’s not just rate increases for the “rich.”  The 10% bracket goes away, Continue reading “Reversion to the Clinton tax hikes: Time to rethink what our government has become”

All things are no longer equal: Favoritism for the Mexican trucking industry

Let them truckers roll.

One of the impressions one would get from mainstream media coverage of any event is that we’re still in Kansas (as it were), and that the context of truth and value that we all grew up assuming still applies.

If the 2012 election is about anything, it will be about how many voters have figured out that that isn’t the case.  The world has, metaphorically speaking, turned upside down – and not by accident but by agency.  The voters, and the ideologues making decisions in the US government, have two different sets of assumptions about truth and value.

A good illustration of this is the differing concepts of each party about “jobs.” Continue reading “All things are no longer equal: Favoritism for the Mexican trucking industry”