Dick Morris is right twice a day, and this could be one of those times: If I were a Hill Democrat, I'd be very worried about this possible line of attack . ... It's a proven killer, and Obaman Dems, with all their talk of bending cost curves and denying treatments and reducing Medicare spending by 30% , have rendered themselves wide open to it. I'm amazed the GOPs haven't used it already. ... True, they'd have to embrace the popular big government Medicare program, violating conservative tenets. Are they really that principled? Or are they just saving it for September, 2010? ... 5:14 P.M.
The network of community colleges is a powerful lobby. Solid citizen advocates in every district. They just got $12 billion from Obama. But do they do much good? Frederick Hess sees "some terrific institutions but [also] broad pockets of mediocrity." (I was actually expecting a more sweeping indictment.) That leaves the usual Obama question: How much reform will accompany the large outlay of taxpayer funds? The auto bailout may have set a pattern, and it's not a promising one. ... Update: Here are some numbing details . I suppose "challenge grants" can produce reforms. But vouchers-where the consumers of education could decide where to go, potentially threatening mediocre schools with defunding, whether or not they have good lobbyists--seem more effective. ... 5:11 P.M.