URLs du Jour

2012-07-17

  • Surfer At Fort Point President Obama's recent rhetorical offenses have come too thick and fast to allow detailed refutation, but Matt Welch takes on his recent implication that Your Federal Government built the Golden Gate Bridge. In fact it was "a state-authorized project built by a partnership of local governments." And in fact, the Feds tried to obstruct the project.

    But this (to me) is the killer:

    My biggest problem with the Golden Gate metaphor isn't necessarily the federal vs. state/private distinction, it's that government spending at any level is being confused for the construction of gorgeous, useful bridges. That $35 million during the Depression is worth around $530 million today, or far less than 1 percent of Obama's stimulus package. So, where the hell are our new Golden Gates? What, exactly, has been the return on all this added "investment"?

    In comparison, it will cost somewhere north of $400 million to repair the USS Miami, a nuclear submarine that our local shipyard accidentally set on fire last May.

  • As I type, Googling "President Obama Ayn Rand villain" comes up with "About 1,520,000 results". This number can only increase.

  • If you would like a chance to share your thoughts directly with the President: he's currently offering a chance for you and a guest to attend his Chicago birthday party. Pun Salad value-added: you can enter the contest without donating to his campaign right here.

    If I don't win, I hope you do. Please note that:

    ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZE ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF WINNER.

    Translation: you're gonna pay for whatever fun you might have.

  • Frank J. notes the latest effort by Obama's "Truth Team" to rebut Romney campaign lies. A sample:

    ALLEGATION: Under Obama, there has been 41 months of unemployment over 8%.
    TRUTH: Romney has some connections to companies that did outsourcing.

  • Disappointingly, "Randy Bumps" is not the name of a bimbo in the upcoming James Bond movie; as it turns out, Randy is going to be "Director of Operations" for Mitt Romney's running mate, whoever that may be.


Last Modified 2012-09-21 10:26 AM EST