Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Watcher's Council Winners

Each week, the members of the Watcher's Council nominate one of their own posts and a second from outside the Council for consideration by other council members in a contest for best post. The Watcher publishes the results each Friday. And the results of this weeks voting are in:

In the Council category, coming in first place was my post, Public Sector Unions: A Toxin, A Crisis & An Opportunity. Public sector unions are a toxin because they serve no useful purpose. There are no more sweatshops. The unions won all of their core battles over the past century. Today, public sector unions exist only to soak taxpayors, expand government, and to funnel campaign contributions to Democrats. Public sector pay and benefits now far outpaces the private sector. Public sector unions are causing a crisis because, in coordination with the Democrat party, they are bleeding the tax paying electorate dry and threatening the fiscal health of our nation. Unfunded pension liabilities to public employees now tops $2 trillion. This crisis caused by public sector unions presents an opportunity because increasing the quality of innner city schools is top civil rights issue of our age, the teachers unions are fighting all corrective action, and, beside the moral imperative to address this issue, according to Thomas Sowell, it also represents a great opportunity for Republicans to make inroads into the black vote.

Coming in second place was Soccer Dad's The Sophistication of Antisemitism, a history lesson in the coining of the term "anti-semitism." It was an academic's term to give a patina of respectability to anti-Jewish racism. It is a great post - and do read the comments to it for an interesting back and forth with a practitioner of "anti-semitism." Coming in third place was a very humorous post from American Digest, Frequently Answered Questions. My favorite: "Q - What were you thinking? A - Most often asked of children or erring spouses, there is no real answer since the question clearly implies you were incapable of thought at the time of the incident. Your only hope is that the results do not require the MedEvac chopper."

In the Non-Council Category, the winners were two superb posts. The first, by Shannon Love, "Why Alternative Power Is and Will Remain Useless" is perhaps the most articulate expression I have seen on the problems of alternative power. And indeed, I blogged that post and others related to it here. Coming in second place was the always incisive Victor Davis Hanson with Obama Fatigue.

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