Daily Archives: June 11, 2012

Private-sector comment could cost Obama

President Obama’s comment last week that “the private sector is doing fine” could be costly in the coming election. Though Obama quickly tried to explain what he really meant to say, the comment is manna for Republicans eager to portray Obama as out of touch. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post noted: “The problem for Obama is that his remark plays directly into the story that Republicans are trying to tell about him – that he is a big-government liberal who thinks the answer to all problems is expanding the federal bureaucracy and who lacks even a basic understanding of how the private sector works.”

How Kobach might serve President Romney

Some have speculated that Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who worked in the Bush Justice Department and has advised Mitt Romney on immigration, is angling to be attorney general. That seems a stretch, given Kobach’s resume. But Kobach might find a lesser role, and other ways to inject his personal agenda into Romney’s administration. Slate’s Jefferson Morley suggested that his likely targets would be Democrats, undocumented immigrants, “voters of any party who don’t have driver’s licenses, moderate Republicans, and any state interested in helping undocumented students stay in school.” For example, Kobach might push for Romney to legally challenge the laws in Kansas and 12 other states that allow some children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates, or use the Voting Rights Act to target liberal-leaning groups that conservatives complain about related to voting (the New Black Panther Party, grassroots voter-registration organizers).

Failure to report a missing child is now a crime

As the sensational trial of Casey Anthony played out last summer in Florida, it was shocking to learn that Kansas lacked a law against saying nothing when your young child dies or goes missing. Such cases are rare, thank goodness, but such a law could have applied in the case of Adam Herrman, the 11-year-old whose adoptive parents failed to report his disappearance from their Towanda mobile home in May 1999. A new law, which the House and Senate passed unanimously and Gov. Sam Brownback signed last month, makes it a nonperson felony for a parent, legal guardian or caretaker to knowingly fail to tell authorities “as soon as practically possible” when a child under 13 goes missing, or to promptly report the death of a child. As of July 1, what sounds like common sense is also the law in Kansas.