A few thoughts on the news of the day:
- The media promotion of President Obama’s first 100 days in office is something to behold. The Washington Post actually has the obligatory web content PLUS an eight-page special section today in the paper, “100 Days.” Hope this wasn’t the advertising department’s idea: There’s only one ad in the whole section, a full-page placement at the end from Tikkun Magazine, “The Network of Spiritual Progressives.” It’s a platform statement from the progressive left, who are a little disappointed in the President.
- The “100 Days” journalistic (and politicians’) conceit assumes the merits of an activist government directing the economy to the cheers of the masses. The Post asks, “Is FDR-Era Yardstick Still Relevant?” This in an eight-page section on the “100 Days.”
- Why not an article, “Is Napoleon-Era Yardstick Still Relevant?” You could build an entire special section around it: “At Stake: The World Economic Order,” “Napoleon-Obama: The Power of Charisma,” “Who is Obama’s Wellington?” or “Able Is He? The Palindromes of Obama.” Web features in the Napoleonic special section include this Stonewall Jackson video.
- The announcement by Senator Arlen Specter that he’s switching to the Democrats is NOT overshadowing the Festival of Tens, even though his move represents a major shift in political power versus the purely symbolic 100 days. Speculation continues about its impact on the Employee Free Choice Act, but the unacceptable power grab by Big Labor remains unacceptable no matter the partisan equation. The best commentary we’ve seen generally comes from Michael Barone, who has recently joined the D.C. Examiner, “Specter’s party switch is all about winning.”
- The marvel that few have commented on is that Senator Specter has survived serious cancer, and he intends to seek re-election at the age of 80. His vigor speaks to the marvels of the U.S. health care system (and of course his personal tenacity). In the drive toward health care reform, it’s critical that government not undermine the R&D and innovation that are the hallmarks of our system.
- And if the research efforts are encouraged, especially in such areas as gerontology and life-extension, why, we could see Senators running for re-election at the age of 90, 100, 110, 120. And wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing!
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