Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Top-eds will be a recurring feature in which I highlight some of the better opinion pieces and editorials for the day/week. Hence, "Top-eds." Get it? Oh, shut up.

Obama's Summer of Discontent - Fouad Ajami, Wall Street Journal

-A literary chronicle of the demise of HopeChange and the WORLDSCOOLESTPRESIDENT.

Amateur Hour at the White House - Jay Cost, RealClearPolitics

-A must-read, reasonable, and non-partisan analysis of how the ObamaCare implosion has revealed the White House's inexperience.

Sugar Import Quotas Test Obama's Protectionist Impulses - Editors, WSJ

-The WSJ lays out how the Administration's sour stance on sugar quotas is another disheartening signal re: the future of US trade policy. More good analysis on this issue from my friends at Cato here and here. My only "counter-arguments" are: (a) this is merely a continuation of the country's miserable, decades-long, bi-partisan sugar policy, so it's no more a trade litmus test for Obama than it was for an avowed free trader like Dubya; and (b) Obama's support for agriculture subsidies, and sugar in particular, has never, ever wavered, so this should come as no surprise to anyone. In other words, sure, we can complain about the policy, but this doesn't really tell us anything new about Obama's trade policy.

There Aren't Enough Doctors For Universal Health Care - Dr. Kevin Pho, CNN

-Yet another practicing doctor - and one who deems universal coverage a "moral imperative"! - denounces ObamaCare's adverse effects on cost and quality. Seriously, this is getting ridiculous.

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