Short Takes: 3/23/11

The battle over light bulbs is heating up. The energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, signed by President Bush, makes the traditional 100-watt incandescent bulb obsolete.  Instead, we are stuck with CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs), which are much more efficient but made in China instead of the U.S. like many incandescent bulbs.  I don’t have a problem with the CFLs, but I don’t like the government deciding what kind of bulbs Americans can buy, especially when U.S. jobs are at stake.

President Obama has done more to destroy American offshore drilling (and the accompanying jobs) than any other President in history.  Yet, while on his spring break to Rio, he promised to help the Brazilians with their offshore drilling.  Gee, thanks Mr. President.  Why don’t you focus on helping America first!!??? He actually said “when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.”  We should be buying our own oil from our own offshore drilling.  Obama seriously has issues with America, but not with the rest of the world.  Sorry, but no President before Obama would kill American offshore drilling and then offer to prop up Brazil’s.

Out of work? Know how to use Facebook? If you answered yes to both questions, then I have a job for you! Hell, even if you answered no to both questions, I’m sure you’ll want to apply.  The Daily Caller reports that the “Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs needs someone to run the Facebook page for the Dept. of the Interior and they’ll pay up to $115,000 a year.”  Wow, not a bad gig.  If you want the job, you better move fast, though.  Congressional Republicans are vowing to go after such ridiculous jobs ($115,000 a year to run a Facebook page? Is that job even necessary?).

A court in New Jersey has reversed Gov. Chris Christie’s budget cuts, saying they ““fell more heavily upon our high risk districts and the children educated within those districts.” There are many things wrong with this ruling.  First, the cuts fell on “high risk districts” because they are the ones that have seen huge increased in state funding in the last decade. Second, that increased funding did not improve education, and test scores actually went down in some districts! Third, the judge suggests that more money needs to be spent on education, but as Cato’s Neal McCluskey points out, “The screaming reality is that we’ve seen very little connection between spending and academic outcomes.” This is just another example of an activist judge screwing things up.

Bonus story:
A Houston television station aired a report about “Pole Dancing for Jesus.” Here’s the link.
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One response to “Short Takes: 3/23/11

  1. laura l

    And the thing with the President is that Beck points-out a LOT of that. I’m watching one day, and sandwiched in among the crazy is the fact that the TSA is about to be unionized. None of us can do a darn thing about a caliphate, worldwide or otherwise. Maybe with some warning, we could have done something about the TSA-thing.