- The Political Director for the US Chamber of Commerce pointed out that they're "the old school SuperPAC" because they don't disclose donors and try to hide how much money they spend on elections. Which pretty much explains everything that's wrong with both SuperPACs and the Chamber of Commerce.
- What does Mitt Romney think the President's priority should be in Education policy? If you said reducing class sizes, increasing high school graduation rates, or making higher education more affordable, you'd be wrong. It's destroying the teachers unions: "But the role I see that ought to remain in the president's agenda with regards to education is to push back against the federal teachers unions." By the way, if you're wondering why I didn't include 'improving test scores' on that list you should read this Washington Post article.
- And if you've wondered why it's important to invest in science even if it has no clear practical applications, a nozzle originally designed by NASA for the engine of their new generation of spacecraft also happens to dramatically improve the efficiency of firefighting hoses:
One series of tests using empty houses at Vandenberg Air Force Base compared [this new] system with a 20-gallon-per-minute, 1,400 pound-per-square-inch (psi) discharge capability (at the pump) versus a standard 100-gallon-per-minute, 125 psi standard hand line—the kind that typically takes a few firemen to control. The standard line extinguished a set fire in a living room in 1 minute and 45 seconds using 220 gallons of water. The [new] system extinguished an identical fire in 17.3 seconds using 13.6 gallons—with a hose requiring only one person to manage.
- Paul Ryan wants you to know he cares about closing tax loopholes. He just doesn't like it if you ask him which ones.
- Speaking of evasive answers meant to protect the Speaker from the political consequences of their terrible positions, Mitt Romney says, "So will there be some [departments] that get eliminated or combined? The answer is yes, but I’m not going to give you a list right now” because the last time he gave specifics he was attacked for them. After all, he's running for President, for Pete's sake, he can't be expected to tell us what he'd actually do if elected.
- He will however continue to attack the President over gas prices, despite the fact that while Governor he said, “I’m very much in favor of people recognizing that these high gasoline prices are probably here to stay.”
- Which is still probably better than Rick Santorum: "I don't care what the unemployment rate's going to be. Doesn't matter to me. My campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates and growth rates. It's something more foundational that's going on." I mean why should a Presidential candidate in 2012 care about the unemployment rate when there's still pornography on the internet and sluts getting contraceptives?
- Finally, House Republicans had to strip language from their own bill that accidentally admits that Obamacare is constitutional. Because that would have been awkward to pass right before the Supreme Court deliberates on the constitutionality of Obamacare.