The Council has Spoken 100310

It’s far from the best known of his songs, but I just came across this video of Harry Chapin’s W*O*L*D last night.


In his “Greatest Stories Live” album, Chapin introduced this with a quip that it had been on the charts for about eight minutes. (Actually, I think it was on the top 40 for about 2 weeks.) Anyway, I prefer W*O*L*D to “Cats in the Cradle.” Apparently most everyone else disagrees.

Pardon the horn tooting, but last night when I checked my e-mail there was very nice note from Bookworm that a post of mine had been mentioned by the great James Taranto at Best of the Web Today. My post compared the promise of the Washington Post’s endorsement of candidate Barack Obama, with the realization two years later, that maybe, just maybe, President Obama is not the “new” politician they endorsed.

I bring this up because the Post’s endorsement is an embarrassment of hope over substance. On matters economic the Post’s editors enthused:

He has surrounded himself with top-notch, experienced, centrist economic advisers — perhaps the best warranty that, unlike some past presidents of modest experience, Mr. Obama will not ride into town determined to reinvent every policy wheel. Some have disparaged Mr. Obama as too cool, but his unflappability over the past few weeks — indeed, over two years of campaigning — strikes us as exactly what Americans might want in their president at a time of great uncertainty.

In the end the Post’s editors conclude:

But Mr. Obama’s temperament is unlike anything we’ve seen on the national stage in many years. He is deliberate but not indecisive; eloquent but a master of substance and detail; preternaturally confident but eager to hear opposing points of view. He has inspired millions of voters of diverse ages and races, no small thing in our often divided and cynical country. We think he is the right man for a perilous moment.

Our two winning entries this week stand as exhibits disproving this wishful thinking masquerading as serious thought.

In his Council winning post Obamacare – The Worst of All Worlds, The Razor explains the fundamental error in the assumptions of Obamacare:

Medicaid and its expansion with Obamacare reward bad behavior at the expense of health care providers and taxpayers. They undermine personal responsibility. They force physicians to limit their Medicaid patient loads or face financial ruin. They bankrupt cash-strapped states, forcing cutbacks in other important services such as police and fire protection.

On the non-Council side (and an area covered also by the non-Council runner up, Pajamas Media’s American Hero: Coates Negates a Year of Justice Department Spin on New Black Panther Case ) Discriminations concludes in Impeach Eric Holder! 

There is, of course, nothing surprising about this, since civil rights groups and their like-minded colleagues (and often former employees) in government support preferential treatment based on race in school assignments, in college and professional school admissions, in employment … well, actually, everywhere. What is surprising these days is not yet another example of their repudiation of the principle that all Americans have a right to be treated by their governments without regard to race but that there are a few pockets remaining where that repudiation of colorblind equality has not (yet?) taken hold. To the best of my knowledge, for example, the IRS has not implemented race-based tax rates, although I hesitate to mention that oversight for fear that it will.

If Attorney General Holder will not clean house in his Civil Rights Division and staff it with people dedicated to enforcing the law in the race-neutral manner it was written, he should be impeached. But since he serves only at the pleasure of the president, he would not need to be impeached if our “post-racial” president were displeased with the racialist perversion of civil rights that is festering on his watch.

These are just two examples of how the rhetoric of “hope and change” has masked politics more cynical than usual.

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