Here’s my proposal: A 50% surtax on anything earned within five years after leaving the federal government, above whatever the federal salary was. Leave a $150K job at the White House, take a $1M job with Goldman, Sachs, pay a $425K surtax. Some House Republican should add this to a bill and watch the Dems react.
Oh, yeah. I want to see this. I want to see this so bad I can taste it. I want this so bad I'm using utterly inapt metaphors. Oh, please, House Republicans, do this, do this, do this, DO THIS!
"I know, having been the first victim, that Brianna Dennison would still be alive, had I been able to defend myself that night."
Gun-free zones kill. And rape. Preventing people from defending themselves is evil. Gun-free zones are evil. They are the triumph of naked, mindless fear over common sense. Those that demand campus gun-free zones basically held this woman down for the rapist--and tied the rapist's other victim to a post and let him kill her. That is the result of all of the compassionate concern. Death and mayhem. You gun-prohibitionists removed their ability to defend themselves. The responsibility for their safety could have been theirs. You took that from them. And in result, you took the rest. I hope all you who want to ban guns are very, very happy with yourselves about this. Because you are not angels. You are monsters. Well-intentioned monsters.
The Whip returns, as basketball season has ended (well, college basketball season, which is the only one that really matters now isn't it?) and things are--for a little while--beginning to settle down a bit. So, let's get started:
TODAY'S FEATURE ARTICLE How to Eliminate Social Security and Medicare -- There are ways out of the mess we've made. All that's needed is the fortitude to do what must be done--what will be done, one way or another. We can do it the hard way, or we can do it the easy way. Waiting is the hard way. Doing it now and taking the hits and pain that will come is actually the easy way. Think about that for a while. You know it's true.
While the spoiled children in Wisconsin and their union/Democrat enablers continue their temper tantrum over actually being asked to pay for a portion of their retirement and medical care (horrors!), putting up to 12 thousand Wisconsin state employees' jobs at risk, you may have missed a few other happenings:
No, not the President's "Win The Future," whatever the hell that means. The other one.
The West Wing, Season II. Via Instapundit. "Obama didn’t know what he didn’t know, yet his self-confidence was so stratospheric that once, in the context of thinking about Emanuel’s replacement, he remarked in all seriousness, “You know, I’d make a good chief of staff.”" The words idiot savant come to my mind whenever I seriously consider Barack Obama's intellectual capacity . . .
Dunning–Kruger effect. Also via Instapundit. "The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to realize their mistakes." Yeah. Barack Obama. And, actually, most of the people who think themselves the rightful rulers of this (and most other) countries.
The President as Micromanager. Via Instapundit. "While watching the speech, I tweeted that "Obama sounds remarkably similar to the CEOs I used to listen to on earnings calls: the ones with mediocre EPS and a failing business model." This wasn't a crack at Obama, or Democrats; it was a reaction to the content. And after watching the responses, the impression lingers--indeed, maybe it's strengthened. "
A tyranny of the heavily armed? Glenn Reynolds once again attempts to acquaint the "Reality-Based Community" with reality: "It’s not like the “bitter clinger” line is anything new. The trouble is, these folks liked the idea of a dictatorship of the proletariat, so long as it wasn’t actually, you know, proletarian. ‘Cause those proles are just icky.
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"Hooded protesters. Molotov cocktails. Three dead by fire, four hospitalized. This is Piven’s idea of a proper “people’s movement.” This is the kind of violence she (Frances Fox Piven) was advocating. This is what she’d like to see happening in America, to Americans. And this is what her allies are trying to minimize, or distract attention from, by making false accusations aimed at innocent parties. Just for the record."
And, for those of you who remember the Seventies: "Whip Inflation Now!"
Oh, yes, the Whip has been on the shelf for quite a while, hasn't it? Well, don't expect a lot of regular whippage, but this is the stuff that accumulated in my browser's tabs over about the past week:
What We Believe: A Primer, Part 1. Well worth ten minutes of your time, especially if you think "teabaggers" are wacko raaaaacists: