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Published: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The Gallagher era: One of the first criticisms of Patrick Gallagher as the University of Pittsburgh's chancellor-in-waiting has been that he has little or no fundraising experience. And, indeed, that can be an integral part of the job. But in picking a leader with extensive business and science experience — where the same interpersonal skills necessary for successful fundraising are employed — Pitt's trustees appear to be acknowledging that the job is far more than just being a glorified schmoozer. Mr. Gallagher, 50, the acting deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will succeed retiring Chancellor Mark Nordenberg on Aug. 1. We wish Mr. Gallagher every success.

Rationalizing sloth: The Toledo, Ohio, Block Bugler derides “conservatives who don't want to subsidize anyone” for criticizing ObamaCare as “a proven job killer.” (The Congressional Budget Office says the law could reduce full-time equivalent employment by 2.5 million jobs by 2024. We report, you deride.) But in the process, The Bugler appears to tacitly endorse gaming the system — in which lower income workers can reduce their hours or not work at all in order to continue receiving subsidized ObamaCare — as just another “choice.” Pity the poor schmucks who choose to work and are forced to pay for ObamaCare's sloths.



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