Another example of lowering the bar to meet a current level of behavior / conduct.
How about raising expectations and asking people to be more accountable for their own lives / choices / behavior? It used to be a source of embarrassment for someone to bear a child out of wedlock or when in a situation that would not be highly conducive to supporting a child. Now it’s a badge of honor or source of income.
Just what does the government think will happen when a new safety net is provided for people’s bad behavior? Oh that’s right, the government elites don’t think everything through — they are masters at creating unintended consequences.
I’m all for providing a safety net (preferably with the government getting out of the way of social service organizations) for those who truly have fallen on hard times, but I get more and more irritated with the fact that safety nets are no longer just that — they are institutionalized programs which are a way of life for many.
 May 15, 2015 at 1:31pm
Methinks that Obama has Munchausen by proxy syndrome … he has helped cause this problem, now he wants to solve it?
May 12, 2015 at 11:16pm
The irony here is that the MSM will give plenty of legs to anything Schweitzer comes up with regarding Bush while playing Hillary’s lapdog and downplaying all the allegations [observations] he has made about the Clintons. (Although the NYTimes has surprised me a bit on their coverage of Clinton Cash to- date)
 May 12, 2015 at 2:21pm
Unfortunately, since this child-president can’t lead, the only thing in his arsenal is to have temper tantrums and complain about how unfair everyone/everything/everybodyelse is. Even Michelle is getting in on the action as evidenced by her recent graduation speech.
 May 7, 2015 at 1:21pm
Headline: “Singer Chris Brown Unloads on Instagram After Discovering ‘Crazy Individual’ in His House”.
When I saw this, the first thing I thought was he had looked in a mirror.
 May 7, 2015 at 1:18pm
Standard protocol, following the boss’ lead.
“I saw that report … just before I came out here,” Rathke said. “So I don’t have a comment right away, but we’ll look at that and we’ll come back to you.” (or not, since we know you have the attention span of a gnat)
“All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that’s an alibi for my ignorance.”
— Will Rogers
 May 3, 2015 at 4:25am
I’m just curious what Ms. Mosby and her ilk (including those who are having “victory” [of the indictments] celebrations) will do when the officers are not found guilty and the town is lit on fire. What political card up your sleeve will Ms. Mosby use at that time to quell the unrest? #factsdontmatter
To the residents and businesses of Baltimore: start planning your exit well before any verdict … Baltimore will be a burning when this happens.
 April 27, 2015 at 2:33pm
Once again, Joe Biden is caught saying something stupid.
biden is blowing hot air again in the What-Haaus !!!! Why would anyone have trust in these illiterate
progressive Liars ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
 April 24, 2015 at 12:02pm
“But this could change…” In other words, ignore the data because global warming/climate change/climate disruption/etc. is still a problem.
 April 17, 2015 at 6:44pm
Or, “So, if Hillary Clinton were not running but Michelle Bachmann were, you would vote for one of them because they are women?” (Fill in the blank with your own pick of a conservative woman — same principle).
Of course, that would be different. Then ideology and qualifications would be important. But consistency of argument on the part of the respondent is not…
 April 16, 2015 at 11:52am
Get ready for the litany of fabrications that will come from the Clinton camp during her presidential run. Even if she acknowledges any of these half-truths, mistruths, and falsehoods, it will be in the context of something like her cover story for her Bosnia landing:
(Reuters). ‘”I did make a mistake in talking about it, you know, the last time and recently,” Clinton told reporters….She said she had a “different memory” about the landing. …. “So I made a mistake. That happens. It proves I’m human, which, you know, for some people, is a revelation.”‘
If that doesn’t work, then there are plenty of other alibis: 1) that was so long ago, it’s irrelevant now, I’m here to talk about the future; 2) you are asking me about something that in the grand scheme of things is quite insignificant when we have all these problems to deal with; ask me about my plan to plan to plan to address those problems.; 3) [you fill in the blank]
She and her supporters are going to do anything and say anything to get her elected, true or not. Not saying this is different from any other politician, but I can’t think of any others (other than Obama or Harry Reid) who are more disingenuous.
 April 14, 2015 at 5:34pm
“Earlier in the segment, she accused Paul of wasting his time debating her on abortion during the launch of his presidential campaign instead of focusing on important issues like the “economy, jobs, and helping people reach the middle class.”
Hmm … I don’t remember her raising this issue when she and her ilk were spending all their energy on Obamacare in lieu of working on economic measures.
 April 12, 2015 at 1:08pm
Barry just got schooled. Too bad he doesn’t realize it.
You nailed the crux of the issue in one short sentence. The federal government is akin to a money laundering protection outfit. We send our money to them and, if they approve of what we are doing, they return it back and/or give it to someone “more deserving of it”, less the obligatory handling fee of course.
Hillsdale figured this out years ago when the feds demanded they submit the government reports because they were receiving federal funding. Then when they rejected the direct federal funding the feds concluded they were still receiving federal funding (via students using federal support). I support many organizations like Hillsdale because they do good work *and* because they flipped the bird to the government.
Can’t wait to see the next battleground. My prediction is that the feds will use 501(c)3 status and/or its variants to justify that organizations are indirectly receiving support from the government and they have to comply with whatever missive the government issues. (Forcing churches to accept gay marriage maybe?)
 April 10, 2015 at 5:28pm
Can this guy ever stake out a position that is black and white or at least lacking in equivalences? He hasn’t stopped voting present since before he was elected president.
ISIS atrocities … get off your high horse, Christians
Iran’s a complicated country … just like we’re a complicated country
I believe in American exceptionalism just as Britain believes in its exceptionalism, etc.
 April 9, 2015 at 3:55pm
So, Donahue and Henderson complain “‘Are we going to bow to the special interests of adults, or will we stand strong for the special interest that has no lobby — our children?’ said the op-ed written by leaders of interest groups”.
Wondering if these two will be intellectually honest enough to accept the same kind of criticism on proposals their *special interests* are pushing, like the Chamber’s advocacy of broad based immigration reform (amnesty?).
Who is lobbying for “the forgotten man”? (Sumner’s, not Roosevelt’s, definition)
 April 8, 2015 at 7:37pm
My reading of the article zeroed in on the same thing.
“Brittney Cooper — who teaches women’s and gender studies and Africana studies and calls herself a next generation black intellectual…”
After that, there was no need to read any further.
 April 8, 2015 at 7:31pm
Looks like BO is either teeing Biden up to take the blame for the policy or is adding fuel to the ABH train (anyone but Hillary)
 April 5, 2015 at 3:56pm
I couldn’t help but notice the utter irony of Dowd writing about this situation yet describing the women with gratuitous adjectives describing their physical appearance, e.g., “… said Gina Bennett, a slender, thoughtful mother of five …” and “… Agreed Sandra Grimes, a perky 69-year-old blonde who helped unmask her C.I.A. colleague Aldrich Ames …”