Kevin Williamson has a first-class take-down on arbitrary regulation and its costs. You should read it.
As an Inspector General, Gerald Walpin investigated the misdeeds of one of Obama’s cronies, and found massive misuse of federal funds. The Obama Administration told him to resign or be fired. Mr. Walpin courageously refused to resign and was instantly fired, which was itself a violation of rules regarding the dismissal of inspectors general. Walpin was a canary in the coal mine with regard to the lawlessness of the Obama Administration, but few people paid attention.
When confronted by Sen. Charles Grassley, the White House claimed that Walpin was ” too confused” to perform his duties, which was a bald-faced lie, as every interview Walpin subsequently did showed an alert, intelligent gentleman who was not confused about anything. Mr. Walpin was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in Manhattan and died of his injuries, at age 84.
California has yet another useless, hideously expensive boondoggle, one more useless project which was based on lies. The 800-mile High Speed Train network was supposed to be funded with matching funds from various government and private entities, so that taxes would not have to be raised to pay for it.
It is at least 50% over budget, and the best California can do at this stage is kill the project, considering that the state’s May cap-and-trade carbon dioxide auction raised only $10 million of the expected $500 million. Since the scheme was counting on borrowing against future auction proceeds as an income stream, the economics are flat out busted, not that anyone with a decent brain ever thought they would actually work.
Now the question is whether voters will allow the state to use the $500 million reserve on a filed liberal project which would have served pitifully few people. This abject and utter failure should be Gov. Jerry brown’s lasting legacy.
Beijing is sinking — literally. Its 20 million inhabitants are using up too much of the ground water in the capital, and different areas are subsiding at different rates, which poses a threat to infrastructure, most notably the high-speed rail system. The Chinese bureaucrats are aware of the pending problem, but who knows whether they will actually do anything about it before disaster occurs?
Mike Flynn, the news editor at Breitbart, has died. He was an original hire by Andrew Breitbart, and like Andrew, had a large personality and a happy warrior attitude when it came to defending conservatism and tirelessly promoting it. He had a wide range of friends and acquaintances to tap for information on topics of interest and used them.
For only the sixth time in its history, Congress has expelled a member, Pennsylvania representative Chaka Fattah, who was just convicted on multiple counts of racketeering and fraud. Fattah didn’t want to resign until the day before his sentencing hearing, which didn’t sit well with House leadership. As a point of interest, all six people expelled have been Democrats, which is in keeping with the character of their presidential candidate.