DavidL's Breakfast Scramble
Dumbo gets distracted, a lot, Debra Saunder argues that President Barack Obama, a/k/a Dumbo, seems to view to process of actually governing as a mere distraction, from RCP:

President Obama has dedicated his time in office to soaking up applause and shifting blame. Last year, when Democrats owned the White House, the House and the Senate, Congress didn’t even bother passing a budget. Obama didn’t seem to mind. But when Republicans put together a stopgap measure to fund the military and prevent a government shutdown, Obama promised to veto it. Obama called the measure “a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a reasonable compromise for funding the remainder of fiscal year 2011.”

There must have been a lot of distractions last year.

It seems to only activities for which Dumbo can find time or campaigning, golf and vacationing.

Washington vs. America, from Mickey Kaus, Daily Caller:

Washington vs. America-D.C. doesn’t doesn’t act like there’s a deficit problem: If you worry that the federal government can’t afford $38 billion in cuts, please read Chris Moody’s article from two weeks ago. There’s a $1.6 trillion deficit but the feds are still hiring. As of March 23 they were hiring someone to run a Facebook page for the Deparment of the Interior (at up to $115,000 a year).

Outside the Beltway, to real people, thirty-eight billion of a lot of money.   Inside the Beltway, it a mere  down payment.

Kiss my Lily Whites, from Katherine Kersten, Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

These are tough times for Minnesota schools. In Lakeville, for example, the school board recently announced wrenching cuts of almost $7 million. Ninety-four teachers will lose their jobs, arts programs will suffer and a school will be closed. There was wailing and gnashing of teeth, but the board set its jaw: There’s not a dime for anything extra.


Unless you’ve got an ax to grind with white folks. Then the money spigots open. The Lakeville schools are sending a delegation of teachers to the 12th annual “White Privilege Conference” at the Bloomington Sheraton from April 13-16. The district is shelling out $160 a pop — plus $125 a day for teacher subs — for this “white guilt” festival.

Reax:   from Warner Todd Huston, Big Government:

Ah, the commies are coming out to play again. Never mind that they are having their conference at a luxurious hotel. Never mind that they all got there in nice cars, wonderful airplanes, spent their government supplied money (well they ARE all government employees, right?) on rich dinners and are likely going to be attending swank parties with much drinike-poos available. Yes, all that oppressive “corporate profit” goin’ on out there must be so hard for them to withstand on their little vacation trip.

Yo Eric, how that white privilege working out for ya?

The historic economic step stone in the Empire State was the Erie Canal, a/k/a Clinton’s Ditch, built by Irish and Italian immigrants.    The only problem, is after they dug the darn ditch they would not leave.

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