Monthly Archives: February 2011

The truth about teaching

Victor Davis Hanson pens another insightful column, this time on the teaching profession. It is important, challenging work – but it does not come with the same dangers and difficulties of many other professions, like those faced by the farmer or small business owner. Teaching may be noble work, but that’s not to say many teachers don’t have it pretty good in terms of compensation and working conditions, suggests Hanson. This puts union protests in perspective.

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Good, and good for you!

Okay, so only half of that is true when it comes to eating donuts.

Fluffy Fresh is my gold standard – especially their cinnamon twists – but Quik Trip makes a shockingly good donut.

So in a spirit of celebration:

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Obama job approval falls

The other day I wrote that Obama would probably see a dip in his numbers, following his budget presentation and community agitating against the states. (Foreign unrest, which I did not discuss, also surely played a role).

Drudge links to Rasmussen, whose daily tracking poll records President Obama’s job approval rating at 44 percent. It notes that “yesterday and today  mark the president’s lowest ratings since mid-December.”

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If it sounds too good to be true…

The White House, its allies and some in the media have been talking about the “cuts” in President Obama‘s recently proposed “budget” – you know, being hard times and what with the deficit and all. Gee, that must have been tough, but then again doing the right thing isn’t always easy! Thank goodness we’ve got a president willing to lead during these difficult times.

Or not. Obviously (for anyone who has paid attention the last two years or beyond), any suggestion of austerity from this administration is nothing more than political posturing, and cannot be taken at face value. So it really wasn’t credible to be talking about “cuts” in the budget. (To be fair, it rarely is when anybody in DC talks about cuts.)

There’s been discussion of the budget and what to make of it, and as usual Charles Krauthammer cuts through much of the clutter to offer cogent analysis. Read his Washington Post commentary on the budget, and continue to learn about our president.

P.S. Barack Obama had one of the most successful lame duck sessions in recent memory, and got a bounce in the polls to show for it. With this disastrous budget and its phony presentation, along with his small-minded meddling in state politics (see Wisconsin), the president may have stumbled badly enough to lose this momentum.

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Mitch Daniels for president?

My favorite Hoosier will not run for president this cycle, but there is another potential contender from Indiana whose words and deeds deserve attention. Rich Lowry writes with approval of Gov. Mitch Daniels‘ appearance at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC.

Rather than throw out the usual red meat, Daniels delivered a serious speech about the nation’s economic outlook, the meaning of principled compromise, and the importance of building support for the party and its goals.

Lowry, editor of National Review, praises Daniels for not being a “panderer.” As a conservative who has attended CPAC in the past, I fully appreciate his willingness to substantively address real issues in a political setting full of activists.

However, two things:  hasn’t Daniels supported ethanol subsidies in a big way in Indiana? That would seem to be the definition of pandering. Secondly, from a rhetorical standpoint, can you think of any president who got the job without demonstrating a first-rate ability to pander at least once in a while?!

Daniels could make a good candidate, but he’s still got some selling to do.

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Christianity in Africa

Here’s a break from the usual. An article about the growth of Christianity in Africa and Asia, characterized as a “religious revolution” by Tim Funk of the Charlotte Observer. Via RCP. Global Christianity’s center of gravity continues to shift as the world turns.

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The New Republic on Jeff Smith

Jason Zengerle of TNR profiles the former state senator’s fall from grace. (Subscription required to access full article).

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