Ed Driscoll

The Ivory Tower, and its War on White Castles

Quoting from this Politco article on Elena Kagan, Hot Air dubs her “The candidate from planet Ivory Tower:”

“[Are you] suggesting that Princeton, Harvard and NYC isn’t the totality of real life?” former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who followed the same academic path, joked in an e-mail when asked about the women’s parallel tracks…

Michael Waldman, executive director of the Brennan Center for Justice, who worked with Kagan in the Clinton White House, said he saw her as bringing a different kind of “real world” experience to the bench: a role as a senior policymaker from her days as deputy director of Clinton’s Domestic Policy Council.

“Not everybody was born in a log cabin that they built with their own hands, but it is a level of political engagement that is unusual for this court,” he said. “The last one who comes close is Sandra Day O’Connor.”

Or as Philip Klein writes at the American Spectator, “Obama Nominates Himself”, potential lack of necessary experience for the job, included.

Meanwhile, the Ivory Tower of the Obama administration declares war on a much more prosaic target. House Republican Leader John Boehner notes “ObamaCare’s War on White Castle Jobs:”

American jobs are under attack by the massive health care overhaul that was rammed through Congress by President Obama over the objections of the American people.  The latest evidence of the new law’s job-crushing nature comes from White Castle, the Columbus, Ohio-based restaurant chain that employs thousands of Americans nationwide.

An analysis conducted by White Castle officials and submitted to my office this week indicates that one provision of ObamaCare alone will effectively cut White Castle’s net income in half and chop future job creation by at least that much.  The analysis also illustrates how the law’s job-crushing impact will be most severe in lower-income areas, where jobs such as those provided by employers like White Castle are needed most.  The White Castle analysis comes days after the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the national unemployment rate last month rose to 9.9%, meaning at least one out of every 10 Americans is now out of work.

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At least one in every 10 Americans is out of work.  Any politician who believes such a statistic is cause for celebration isn’t listening to the American people.  President Obama’s job-killing health care law should be repealed and replaced with common-sense reforms that will lower health care costs for American workers and encourage private sector job creation, not discourage it.

War is over, if you want it:

War Is Over, If You Want It!

Related: “Obama administration: We need to control marketing of children’s food.”