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Tony and Tacky
November 18, 2005

Mrs. Henderson and her daughter Home Schooling
A frustrated mother decided to teach her misbehaving teenager a lesson by forcing her to stand beside a busy road, holding a sign saying, "I don't do my homework and I act up in school, so my parents are preparing me for my future. Will work for food." Bravo, says Dan Henninger. "This young woman was getting C's and D's in school. She was in constant trouble, so her mother decided to create this sign and make her stand on the corner. Mom stood with her. A motorist drove by, reported it to the police, they came by, put an end to it, and the woman was immediately condemned for psychologically killing her daughter. Teachers -- and even teachers' unions in schools -- come in for a lot of criticism these days. But if you talk to teachers, they will tell you one of their biggest problems is parents who don't hold up their side of the bargain with their children. This woman has decided to do it, and almost overnight the girl's attendance became perfect and her grades started to turn upward. I would say an A-plus tony to Mrs. Henderson for taking ownership of her child."

Very Mysterious couple reviewing medical plan
The government has started to implement its new prescription drug program for the elderly, which is not only expensive but virtually impossible to understand. "A tacky obviously to the White House and to the Congressional Republicans for not only pandering for senior votes, but doing so incompetently," says Rob Pollock. "This drug benefit has a design that only a politician could love or understand, which is to say that instead of doing the sensible thing -- which is to give people help with very high drug costs -- what they did is gave people some help with their first dollar drug costs, then the help disappears for awhile, then they get more help again later. Nobody understands why that so-called donut hole is there. The reason it's there is because politicians like to give money to people who don't really need it. They think there's votes in that. Let's hope that the unpopularity of this benefit is something of a lesson to the Republican Party."

proposed Alaskan bridge Too Obvious
Those multi-million dollar bridges up in Alaska -- now so widely known as the bridges to nowhere -- may not be built after all. "A tony to the Republicans in Congress for at least having a sense of shame about these bridges," says Bret Stephens. "One bridge was going to be almost as long as the Golden Gate, to connect the town of 8,000 people to an island of 50 people. And this was supposed to be worth $250 million. What I love about this story is that when the senator from Alaska, Ted Stephens, was trying to defend these bridges, he said that if Alaska is going to be treated differently from other states he would resign. Well I say, Senator Stephens, now's your chance."