Friday, March 18, 2011

What Kind Of Day Has It Been

  • Qaddafi has responded to UNSCR 1973 by declaring a ceasefire but reports conflict as to whether clashes have ceased. Meanwhile, at least 40 protesters in Yemen were killed by security services there. The different treatment accorded the Saleh regime will likely prove to be a case study in realism.

  • A Wisconsin judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing the effect of the anti-union signed last week. Wisconsin state judges are elected.

  • CBO dings Obama's proposed budget.

  • House Republicans are okay with preserving farm subsidies but not with preserving food stamps. Farm subsidies are bad policy pursued by Republicans and Democrats alike however cutting food stamps instead of farm subsidies seems to undercut the Republican's budget-hawk seriousness. It also tends to support the idea that Republicans are, in my colleague's words, anti-people.

1 comment:

Colin said...

While there is no doubt that GOP reluctance to take on agriculture subsidies is grossly hypocritical -- I seem to recall these were actually increased under Dubya -- I think it is a bit much to say this reflects "anti-people" sentiment. I think the more accurate interpretation is that it reflects both the power of agricultural lobbyists as well as the outsized influence of farm states in the Senate. Iowa's role in presidential politics also doesn't hurt as Al Gore can attest.