Saturday, May 7, 2011

Steve Peters Commentary - #2877 - Morning Jay: If Our 'Food Stamp Recovery' Persists, Obama Will Lose Big - Weekly Standard (2) Pulling the Plug on Obamacare - Washington Times (3) Repeal Title IX - Defining Ideas

I have noticed something unsettling in my own life lately: I know a lot of people who are on food stamps or some kind of extraordinary government assistance. The count right now stands around 10 people, which is a lot for a small town denizen such as myself. That is a personal reminder of a very serious, yet rarely discussed economic, social, and indeed political problem: the fact that better than one out of seven Americans today requires government help to put food on the table. The following graph is only for the hale and hearty: The start date of this heartbreaking graph is important – June, 2009 is the point at which, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the economy hit bottom and began to recover. What we see in this graph is one example of a persistent feature of the recovery to date. On the top-line of the economic data, it often appears as though we have filled in the hole that was dug by the Great Recession.  Read more.........  SP: Obama's killing of the economy and the American dream will far out weigh any political advantage he receives by having our troops kill Bin Laden. Come election day, the voter will be rattling the change he has left over in his pocket when he enters the voting booth, and there will be little hope for Obama's reelection.
Pulling the Plug on Obamacare - Washington Times - .....As demonstrated by the 2010 Election Day massacre, the government takeover of health care, the euphemistically tagged "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," infuriated voters as Democrats cooked it up and force-fed it to America for Christmas Eve dinner.......Still, while Republican rooks maneuver to checkmate King Obama via legislative repeal, others have gone the judicial route. On Tuesday, in fact, Mathew D. Staver, founder of the Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University School of Law, will be the first to challenge the constitutionality of Obamacare at the federal court of appeals level. He will argue the case of Liberty University v. Geithner before the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va...  Later that day, the Court of Appeals will also hear the case of Commonwealth of Virginia v. Sebelius, filed by Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II. The cases will be argued seriatim (in succession) by each counsel, respectively.  Read more.......

Repeal Title IX - Defining Ideas - Last week, Katie Thomas of the New York Times ran a breathless expose of the devious actions that many colleges have taken to escape the mandate of gender equality under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. The gist of her complaint is contained in the article’s headline: "College Teams, Relying on Deception, Undermine Gender Equity."  Her article then details how various colleges have in effect packed their women’s teams with nonparticipating female athletes in order to increase the available spots for men who participate for real. Thomas led with the University of South Florida, where more than half of the 71 women on the cross-country team had never participated in any race for a team that some of them did not know they were on. Not to be outdone, such elite institutions as Cornell, Duke, and Texas A and M take advantage of a "loophole" to Title IX that counts as women the men who work out with female athletes in training.  Read more..... SP: Graded on Intentions we can give Title IX an A. Graded on the end results we can give it an C, at best. It is the Federal Government bureaucrats making "administrative law" which have provided most of the negative consequences, because they have removed any common sense interpretation of the of the original law. The law's attempt to expand the choices women have in sports is not the problem. The problem has been the destruction of some mens sports programs and the disruption of others, by failing to use common sense in implementing the original Title IX law.

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