Sometimes the punishment fits the crime. "The House voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to censure Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), who pleaded for leniency but now finds his 40-year career tarnished after his colleagues rebuked him using a rare form of public punishment for ethics violations. The vote was 333-79, with 77 Democrats and two Republicans voting against censure, the harshest form of punishment short of expulsion from Congress."
Sometimes it's better to say nothing at all. "A reporter asks Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) if an average American citizen 'went through similar circumstances as yourself that they may be punished in a worse way?' Rangel lashed out at the reporter: 'Please, I'm not a psychiatrist. I don't deal in average American citizens.' "
Sometimes holding firm pays off. The Republicans may get what they sought all along: extension of all the Bush tax credits. "Under the prospective deal, all the Bush tax cuts would be extended for two years and unemployment benefits would be extended for one, according to congressional sources. Also under consideration is an extension of the Make Work Pay and college-tuition tax credits that were part of the 2009 economic stimulus package."
Sometimes it's better not to oversell yourself. Charles Krauthammer on START: "They see it as their greatest achievement in foreign affairs of this year. Now ask yourself: If this is their greatest achievement, what does it say about what the rest of the two years have been like?"
Sometimes it's just about politics. Jamie Fly writes, "The real reason the administration wants this legislative victory is because of the importance it has placed on its 'reset' of relations with Russia. As some of the cables released by WikiLeaks show, the reset is based on fundamentally unsound judgments about the type of regime that inhabits the Kremlin. Republicans should caution the administration about its efforts to embrace President Medvedev and should call for more pressure on Moscow on human rights and ending Russia's occupation of Georgian territory -- but New START is not the vehicle for achieving these goals or killing the reset. . . Some have argued that after his party's crushing defeat at the polls, Obama will now turn to foreign policy. The difficulty with this is that thus far he has very few foreign policy successes to cling to. That, not national security concerns, is why he is so desperate to get New START ratified this year."
Sometimes it's not very helpful to compare the federal government to a Mexican fast food joint. "You can loudly demand more cheese, more sour cream, and whatnot, and the asymmetry of interest (you really want more cheese, your server doesn't really care) ensures that the amount of every topping will be on the high side of the plausible." Umm. And if you order too much you get sick?
Sometimes there is no way to sugarcoat things. "The longer people stay out of work, the more trouble they have finding new work. . . So the legions of long-term unemployed will probably be idle for significantly longer than their counterparts in past recessions, reducing their chances of eventually finding a job even when the economy becomes more robust."
Sometimes nothing goes right. We lose the World Cup to a "not free" country. "America's bid to host the 2022 World Cup has fallen short. But it wasn't for lack of trying: Eric Holder has been in Zurich, advocating for the competition to be hosted by the U.S., and the attorney general was joined by Bill Clinton and actor Morgan Freeman. . . The affair is altogether reminiscent of the Obama administration's last foray into sports, when the president himself went to Denmark to convince the International Olympics Committee that the games should be played in Chicago. Then, too, the White House came up short. Freedom House awards Qatar a 'not free' rating. And one can't help but wonder whether Iran will be providing security (since the two nations recently signed a major security deal) and whether Israel, should its national team qualify for the competition, be allowed even to enter Qatar, as it would be a violation of the Arab boycott."
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