The President jumps into a facebook conversation between Politico’s chief political correspondent Mike Allen and White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.
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The point of this video is that the President represents a specimen of the over-rewarded competent. This is a person who although he is good at many things, is rewarded beyond his deserving. The modern over-rewarded competent can thank identity politics for the inflated opinion others have of him. Just listen to Gene Simmons of Kiss explain why he voted for President Obama in 2008 and why he now considers him completely and utterly unqualified for the job. In 90 seconds he explains why identity politics and identity politics alone has gifted Barack Obama with the highest office in the land. It is a gift Simmons wishes he could take back.
If this opinion seems harsh go talk to the people really angry about identity politics, like Morgan Freeman who famously told Mike Wallace “I don’t want a black history month.” Freeman is qualified to talk about the idiocy of granting people extra points in life. His breakout role as an actor was that of the brutal, charming pimp in the 1987 Chrisopher Reeve vehicle Street Smart. Freeman’s “Fast Black” recognizes and resents the condescension inherent in the acclaim showered on him when his story makes him the darling of a publisher’s party attended by white liberals.
Today Attorneys General Ed Meese and Dick Thronburgh sent the following letter to both Speaker to be Boehner and Eric Cantor for consideration. The letter outlines a compelling case for the 112th Congress to adopt a rules change that would that would have every bill carrying a criminal penalty reviewed by the House Judiciary Committee before it goes to the House floor in an effort to combat over-criminalization.
This effort is enjoying huge bipartisan support by conservative organizations such as Heritage, Manhattan Institute, US Chamber, and the Washington Legal Foundation as well as support from Liberal groups — the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the ACLU.
In the next several months, the Supreme Court will decide at least a half-dozen cases about the rights of people accused of crimes involving drugs, sex and corruption. Civil liberties groups and associations of defense lawyers have lined up on the side of the accused.
But so have conservative, libertarian and business groups. Their briefs and public statements are signs of an emerging consensus on the right that the criminal justice system is an aspect of big government that must be contained.
The development represents a sharp break with tough-on-crime policies associated with the Republican Party since the Nixon administration.
“It’s a remarkable phenomenon,” said Norman L. Reimer, executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “The left and the right have bent to the point where they are now in agreement on many issues. In the area of criminal justice, the whole idea of less government, less intrusion, less regulation has taken hold.”
Government “help” to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.
– Ayn Rand (HT: Brainyquote)
Mexico, it seems, has encountered yet another self-inflicted problem. Their national oil company, PEMEX, has suffered for several years from declining marginal production. PEMEX enjoys a national monopoly on the extraction and refining of petroleum in Mexico and operates analogous to how regulated utilities operate in the United States.