The headline on a Weekly Standard posting said it all: “Richest U.S. senator, John Kerry, rails against ‘corrupting' money in politics in farewell address.” ...Surely someone, somewhere is making book on when Teresa Heinz, the wife of the new secretary of State, will open her mouth and cause an international incident. We give her six weeks. And if past is prologue, it won't be very eloquent. ... Playboy empire heiress and avowed leftist Christie Hefner says climate change is a contributing factor in Chicago's exploding gun-murder rate. More precisely, she says murder rates tend to be higher when it's warmer and “this climate change effect is driving that.” By that standard, Playboy centerfolds also are a contributing factor. ... Speaking of Chicago, it features some of the nation's most stringent gun-control laws. Yet its murder rate this year is on pace to exceed last year's rate of more than 500 killings by gun. “Gun control” aids whom again? ... As expected, Washington types are blaming the economy's fourth-quarter contraction on there not being enough government (never mind that government spending was up 10 percent over the previous quarter). But as Competitive Enterprise Institute analyst John Berlau notes, the gross domestic product is more likely to have declined because of the specter of ever more government regulations. It should be all the proof necessary that government “pump priming” — they've called it “stimulus” — does not work and only damages the economy further. Where have all the history teachers gone?
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