The Thursday wrap
The New York Times devoted nearly the entire bottom half of its front page on Wednesday (and two full pages inside) to the death of folk singer/activist Pete Seeger. Good grief. Mr. Seeger once was an avowed communist whose most famous song — “If I Had a Hammer” — was written as an ode to U.S. Communist Party leaders on trial for advocating violent revolution against America. Even after he left the Communist Party, Seeger called himself a communist with a small “c.” It's never been more clear where The Times' sympathies lie. ... By execu tive order, President Obama says he'll establish “myRAs,” Roth IRAs billed as “starter” retirement savings accounts administered through employers. Unwittingly, the president has just proposed Social Security privatization. ... Mr. Obama also hinted in Tuesday's State of the Union address that he'll continue to pursue gun control “with or without Congress.” Never mind that the president has no constitutional authority to do such a thing without Congress. His promise will only reinforce that, at heart, he's a gun grabber. ... The Corbett administration has asked Commonwealth Court to reconsider its ruling that Pennsylvania's Voter ID law is unconstitutional. The bottom line is that the court's initial ruling opens a can of legal worms that, extrapolated, could end the practice of any government entity being able to ask its citizens for identification for accessing public services, another open invitation to fraud. Perhaps that's what “progressives” really want.
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