1. Budget Deal in Perspective: This past week our leaders in Washington struck an “historic” budget deal that cuts Federal spending by a whopping $38.5 billion. Awesome, right? This will put a dent in our national debt, right? Wrong. To put things in perspective, the national debt climbed over $650 billion since October, and in just the previous ten days it grew by more than $50 billion. Its going to take much more drastic measures to get serious about our financial crisis. So while Congress and the President are patting themselves on the back, we continue to move steadily toward national bankruptcy.
2. The President and Religious Freedom: Check out this excellent piece by Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute on how President Obama is dropping the ball when it comes to promoting religious freedom. But, as Bandow explains, its not too late for Obama to rectify the situation, if he and his Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, Suzan Johnson Cook, act quickly and decisively.
3. Another Non-win for Woods: I’ve never been much of a golf fan, but I think I’m becoming one. This weekend I followed the Masters tournament like never before. Why? Because I was rooting for Tiger Woods…to lose. That’s right. I’m an enthusiastic anti-Woods fan. Or, more positively put, I’m a fan of all PGA golfers minus one. And today one of my rooting interests was victorious, in the person of South African Charl Schwartzel. Ugly name. Great golfer. And, as far as I can tell, a much better role model than Woods.