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2 Feb 2011

Is George Bush Suddenly Back in Charge?

The dirty little secret is that many of those people on Wall Street who are getting ridiculously rich are Obama supporters. But then the Democrats are so loudly demagoguing Republicans as tools of Wall Street that they hope you don t notice that fact.
The dirty little secret is that many of those people on Wall Street who are getting ridiculously rich are Obama...

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1 Feb 2011

NJ’s Chris Christie and the Best Presidential Campaign Ad

New Jersey has a problem. Well, actually New Jersey has a lot of problems' today it's a freakin' ice storm. However, at least the Garden State now has a governor that, instead of bedding union bosses while sticking the taxpayers payers with the tab, is actually confronting the very problems created by the all-too-cozy relations between NJ s typical politicians and their union handlers.
New Jersey has a problem. Well, actually New Jersey has a lot of problems' today it's a freakin' ice storm. However, at...

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1 Feb 2011

Would-be Dearborn Mosque attacker anti-Bush felon.

This story got very quickly overshadowed by world events, but last week police arrested a man allegedly planning to blow up a Dearborn, Michigan mosque with high-end fireworks *.  Needless to say, the Usual Suspects lined up to try the entire right-wing violent nut inspired by [INSERT NAME HERE] gambit - because Obama s Tucson Speech apparently only applies to other people, not Think Progress and/or Talking Points Memo** - only to just now discover that the alleged attacker is
This story got very quickly overshadowed by world events, but last week police arrested a man allegedly planning to blow...

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1 Feb 2011

Obamacare Meets Its Death Panel

I am not, with this post, going to attempt a detailed exposition on Judge Vinson s ruling that declared the individual mandate unconstitutional and, due to the lack of a severability clause, struck the whole law as unconstitutional. But I will give you a brief overview and direct you to other good sources.
I am not, with this post, going to attempt a detailed exposition on Judge Vinson s ruling that declared the individual...

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31 Jan 2011

Excerpts From Judge Vinson Obamacare Ruling

Thoughts: Well, I ve read the whole thing. This really does hinge on what powers the Supreme Court is willing to grant Congress over the individual. I m hoping the Supreme Court trims Congress wings who in turn should trim the Executive Branches wings regarding all their legislation by regulation.
Thoughts: Well, I ve read the whole thing. This really does hinge on what powers the Supreme Court is willing to grant...

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28 Jan 2011

WTF

Make of it what you will, but the best commentary I've seen on President Obama's State of the Union speech is Sarah Palin's. It's all worth reading; here are just a couple of paragraphs
Make of it what you will, but the best commentary I've seen on President Obama's State of the Union speech is Sarah...

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26 Jan 2011

Obama’s Comeback

You can see it coming: 1) President Obama has been rebounding in the polls. 2) The Democrats claim credit for a productive lame duck Congressional session, even though the highlight of the session was the Democrats' failure to pass their own $1.1 trillion spending bill, and its only real achievement was extending the Bush tax cuts. And 3) at tomorrow night's State of the Union speech, Obama will wrap himself in the Tucson shootings by seating victims and heroes with his wife Michelle. By Wednesday morning Obama will be this decade's Comeback Kid.
You can see it coming: 1) President Obama has been rebounding in the polls. 2) The Democrats claim credit for a...
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24 Jan 2011

Unintentional Triumphalism?

Scott wrote here about President Obama's state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao, and pianist Lang Lang, who played an anti-American propaganda melody from the Korean War: the theme song to the movie "Battle on Shangganling Mountain." The tune is, apparently, universally known in China and many have argued that Lang, and perhaps others, intended a political message.
Scott wrote here about President Obama's state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao, and pianist Lang Lang, who played...

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24 Jan 2011

More Civility From the Left

A liberal radio personality in Madison, Wisconsin ridicules that state's lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, with crude sex jokes, and also mocks the fact that she has suffered from cancer.
A liberal radio personality in Madison, Wisconsin ridicules that state's lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, with...
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23 Jan 2011

How NOT To Create Jobs: Spend More Money

Word is that President Obama will focus on jobs in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. No surprise there: jobs are the American people's top public policy concern. Obama reportedly will propose new and expanded federal spending programs as the means of job creation. No surprise there either: what else do liberals have to offer?
Word is that President Obama will focus on jobs in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. No surprise there: jobs are...

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22 Jan 2011

The Decline of Obama’s DOJ

Jennifer Rubin got Judge Michael Mukasey to talk about what has happened to the Department of Justice since he turned it over to Eric Holder. The result is explosive. Mukasey is a sober and distinguished judge and lawyer with first-hand knowledge of many of the relevant facts, so his characterizations should be given considerable weight.
Jennifer Rubin got Judge Michael Mukasey to talk about what has happened to the Department of Justice since he turned it...

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22 Jan 2011

He melt for Obama

GE got a taste of the good life when it got in on the bank bailout. As the Washington Post reported in a major article in mid-2009, GE had quietly become the biggest beneficiary of one of the government's key bank bailout programs. At the same time GE also avoided many of the restrictions faced by the big banks
GE got a taste of the good life when it got in on the bank bailout. As the Washington Post reported in a major article...

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22 Jan 2011

Cold? Do You Think It’s Cold?

The current temperature here in the Minneapolis suburbs is ten degrees below zero. The high today was three or four degrees. Last night it got down to twenty below zero. So it's winter; what else is new? The snow in my neighborhood is piled as much as twelve feet high.
The current temperature here in the Minneapolis suburbs is ten degrees below zero. The high today was three or four...

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19 Jan 2011

Don’t Import Britain’s Healthcare Missteps

I appreciate Mr. Lehrer s comments but I must beg to differ with his characterization of the desires of President Obama or anyone else on the American left (a very large cohort, indeed) with respect to a healthcare system. There are many who would like an American system in which the government provided healthcare.
I appreciate Mr. Lehrer s comments but I must beg to differ with his characterization of the desires of President Obama...

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19 Jan 2011

Palin for President Forget It

The time has come to put any thoughts of Sarah Palin running for President to rest. I say that not because I dislike her; on the contrary, I'm a fan. I think she did an excellent job as a vice-presidential candidate in 2008 and has been an effective spokeswoman for conservative causes in the years since. But there is no way she is ever going to be elected President, and the sooner Republicans get over that idea, the better.
The time has come to put any thoughts of Sarah Palin running for President to rest. I say that not because I dislike...
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19 Jan 2011

Krugmania strikes deep

Yuval Levin addresses Paul Krugman's most recent New York Times column. According to Krugman, the Republican opposition to Obamacare represents a "war on logic." Here is Levin contra Krugman
Yuval Levin addresses Paul Krugman's most recent New York Times column. According to Krugman, the Republican opposition...

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19 Jan 2011

GOP Don’t Back Down, the Voters Are With You

Congressional Republicans arrived in Washington with a mandate from voters to shake things up. While compromise is inevitable, given that the Democrats control the Senate and the White House, Republicans should do all they can to sharpen the differences between themselves and the Dems.
Congressional Republicans arrived in Washington with a mandate from voters to shake things up. While compromise is...
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14 Jan 2011

Shooting Victim Blames Palin and Beck

A wounded survivor of the Tucson shooting that critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is blaming Sarah Palin, House Speaker John Boehner, Fox TV host Glenn Beck, and former Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle for the tragedy.
A wounded survivor of the Tucson shooting that critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is blaming Sarah Palin, House...

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13 Jan 2011

The president’s speech

Tonight, in my estimation, President Obama delivered a brilliant, spellbinding, and fitting speech about the Tuscon shootings. This was the best speech I've ever heard him give
Tonight, in my estimation, President Obama delivered a brilliant, spellbinding, and fitting speech about the Tuscon...

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13 Jan 2011

Sarah Speaks

Palin's statement is, I think, very good. It emphasizes, appropriately, the victims and the nation's political process rather than politicians, demonstrating once again that Palin is less obsessed with Sarah than her enemies are. Overall, the statement comes across as mature, balanced, sympathetic and yet strong in its rejection of the left's opportunism.
Palin's statement is, I think, very good. It emphasizes, appropriately, the victims and the nation's political process...

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12 Jan 2011

King’s Gun Ban Plan Won’t Make You Safer

The Daily Caller is reporting that Rep. Peter King (R-NY) will introduce legislation to ban the carrying of any firearm within 1,000 feet of what he described as high-profile government officials. Of course, such legislation will do absolutely nothing to stop criminals and deranged psychotics, such as murder suspect Jared Loughner, from getting and carrying guns to commit murder. Criminals and deranged psychotics, after all, by definition break the law. And they obviously will break King s law should it ever be enacted.
The Daily Caller is reporting that Rep. Peter King (R-NY) will introduce legislation to ban the carrying of any firearm...

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12 Jan 2011

What respectable liberalism looks like

The Washington Post editorial board parts company with the general run of liberal commentary about the Tucson shooting spree by eschewing attempts to blame a madman's actions on "a vitriolic political culture laced with violent metaphors.
The Washington Post editorial board parts company with the general run of liberal commentary about the Tucson shooting...

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12 Jan 2011

Democrats Foiled Again

So far, at least, my prediction that the Democrats' effort to exploit the Tucson murders for political gain will fail seems to be accurate. A CBS News poll released this morning finds that by a 57-32 percent margin, respondents don't believe that the nation's "harsh political tone" had anything to do with the murders.
So far, at least, my prediction that the Democrats' effort to exploit the Tucson murders for political gain will fail...

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23 Dec 2010

GOP Cracks the Dems’ Minority Firewall

Jim Geraghty is noting the elected Democrats who are now switching to the GOP at the state level. This is occurring across the country and not only in the South. Kansas and New Jersey have joined the trend. Critically, the southern realignment to the GOP now includes elected black Democrats.
Jim Geraghty is noting the elected Democrats who are now switching to the GOP at the state level. This is occurring...

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23 Dec 2010

Elites Score Big in Lame Duck Congress

In the lame duck session, Congress kept the Bush tax cuts for the upper brackets, passed START, repealed DADT and scotched the DREAM Act. Congress also passed a continuing resolution that sets the stage for one heck of a budget brawl in 2011.
In the lame duck session, Congress kept the Bush tax cuts for the upper brackets, passed START, repealed DADT and...

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23 Dec 2010

Has AIG Learned Anything

Even as it becomes apparent that a massive three-year injection of public sector dollars will probably allow onetime financial giant AIG to continue operations, still more evidence of the companies sleazy, cutthroat business strategies has begun to come out.
Even as it becomes apparent that a massive three-year injection of public sector dollars will probably allow onetime...
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23 Dec 2010

Obama’s useful idiots

The new START Treaty that passed the Senate today seems to come out of a Cold War time warp. Let's take a look back at Obama's thoughts on the American nuclear arsenal during the Cold War.
The new START Treaty that passed the Senate today seems to come out of a Cold War time warp. Let's take a look back at...
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23 Dec 2010

Comeback Kid?

The press is touting the Democrats' lame duck Congressional session as a big victory for President Obama. The Hill's report is typical: "After election 'shellacking,' Obama racks up string of legislative wins."
The press is touting the Democrats' lame duck Congressional session as a big victory for President Obama. The Hill's...

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22 Dec 2010

Our Muslim Congressman: Where Does He Stand?

We have written many times about Keith Ellison (formerly known as Keith Hakim and Keith X Ellison), who represents the city of Minneapolis in Congress and is the nation's first Muslim Congressman. As such, one might expect that he could do some good: he could support moderate Muslims, many of whom are threatened with death; denounce jihad; and distance himself from radical groups like the Nation of Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood, and CAIR. But Ellison has not chosen to do any of these things. Instead, he has aligned himself with, and run interference for, radical Muslims, starting with Farrakhan and continuing on with CAIR and others.
We have written many times about Keith Ellison (formerly known as Keith Hakim and Keith X Ellison), who represents the...

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20 Dec 2010

The Washington Post: from DADT repeal cheerleading to character assassination in seven pages flat

The Post likes DADT repeal so much, it worked to bring it about. As I pointed out here, the Post turned its pages over to an unidentified source to spin the Pentagon's report in favor of repeal before it was released. The Post did so even though the source told it that the purpose of the leak was to fire the first shot in the impending public relations war.
The Post likes DADT repeal so much, it worked to bring it about. As I pointed out here, the Post turned its pages over...
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20 Dec 2010

Barack Obama’s Department of Selective Justice

On Monday, Justice sued an Illinois school district for rejecting a Muslim teacher's request to take a three-week leave of absence to travel to Mecca. The suit claims that the Berkeley School District discriminated against middle-school instructor Safoorah Khan, whose religion "required" her to perform the hajj, and is seeking damages for this so-called victim.
On Monday, Justice sued an Illinois school district for rejecting a Muslim teacher's request to take a three-week leave...

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18 Dec 2010

DADT vs. DREAM

I don't think I've written anything about the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but my views are the same as Paul's. This is a decision that should be based on military effectiveness, not pressure group politics, and there is considerable evidence that in some contexts, at least, openly homosexual soldiers could pose problems. At the same time, my guess is that there are other contexts where having a handful of gay soldiers would not be a big deal. And in principle, of course, repeal of DADT can always be reversed if its consequences turn out to be problematic. Not that I expect this to happen.
I don't think I've written anything about the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but my views are the same as Paul's. This...
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13 Dec 2010

Testing the tax compromise

We gave the Republicans every advantage, great leverage, in the recent election. They are repaying us with more same old, same old. Get with the program, recognize the message. Let us test the Obama Compromise. First, the Bush tax cuts. If they expire in total, everybody agrees the country is in for a heap of hurt. Therefore, up or down, should we let the tax cuts expire? A two-part question, middle class [sic] and filthy rich. There is virtually unanimous consent on the so-called middle class tax cut so keep it, don't let it expire. The so-called millionaire's tax cut? No consensus so let it expire and judge the consequences when the new congress is seated. If necessary, and I think it will be necessary, reinstate it.
We gave the Republicans every advantage, great leverage, in the recent election. They are repaying us with more same...

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13 Dec 2010

Can the GOP Defund NRP

National Public Radio is facing the most serious threat to the 'public' part of its identity since Newt Gingrich s days as speaker, thanks to a resurgent, tea-party-inspired Republican House with budget cuts on its mind and recent stumbles that have left the broadcaster vulnerable to its ideological critics on the right.
National Public Radio is facing the most serious threat to the 'public' part of its identity since Newt Gingrich s days...
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13 Dec 2010

Todd Whitman Palin Lacks ‘Depth’

Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R) said Sunday that Sarah Palin can t win a nationwide run for the White House, and pointed to the fact that the former Alaska governor left mid-term as an impediment to her support.
Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R) said Sunday that Sarah Palin can t win a nationwide run for the White...
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13 Dec 2010

How much pork and what kind

It has become clear that the proposed tax legislation includes some offensive perks that are there to accommodate special interests. For example the legislation would provide $5 billion in subsidies for corn-based ethanol and a tariff to protect against ethanol imports. In addition, there are tax breaks for commuters who use mass transit and provisions aimed at increasing production of hybrid automobiles, biodiesel fuel, coal and energy-efficient household appliances.
It has become clear that the proposed tax legislation includes some offensive perks that are there to accommodate...

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13 Dec 2010

Bush v. Gore ten years on

George Will marks the tenth anniversary of the Bush v. Gore decision by reminding us of the facts that undermine claims by the left that the decision was hypocritical activism on the part of the Supreme Court's more conservative Justices. In reality, there is nothing "activist" about a higher court reversing the activist adventures of a lower court -- at least not in any sense that a conservative should find objectionable
George Will marks the tenth anniversary of the Bush v. Gore decision by reminding us of the facts that undermine claims...

Swindle of the Year

Barack Obama won the great tax-cut showdown of 2010 and House Democrats don t have a clue that he did. In the deal struck this week, the president negotiated the biggest stimulus in American history, larger than his $814 billion 2009 stimulus package. It will pump a trillion borrowed Chinese dollars into the U.S. economy over the next two years which just happen to be the two years of the run-up to the next presidential election. This is a defeat?
Barack Obama won the great tax-cut showdown of 2010 and House Democrats don t have a clue that he did. In the deal...

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10 Dec 2010

How the GOP should handle the tax issue

Memo To Republican Congressmen: Handle the tax issue yourselves. Here are some thoughts. Let the Bush tax rates expire. But, start in the House with a new GOP plan. 1.Retroactive to January 1, 2011 the 2010 rates on income and capital gains continue until a future congress changes them, 2.Eliminate the taxes on estates under $20 million. 3.Take the advice of Obama's Deficit-Commission and lower corporate income taxes to between 23% and 29% 4.Implement a 5% tax on repatriated corporate profits. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece Cisco's John Chambers estimates this would entice about a trillion dollars to flow into the US economy and generate $50 billion for the treasury.
Memo To Republican Congressmen: Handle the tax issue yourselves. Here are some thoughts. Let the Bush tax rates expire....
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10 Dec 2010

Let Wrath Descend on the Democrats’ Heads

House Democrats voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama's tax deal with Republicans in its current form, but it was unclear how significantly the package might need to be changed. By voice vote in a closed caucus meeting, Democrats passed a resolution saying the tax package should not come to the House floor for consideration as written, even though no formal House bill has been drafted. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., introduced the resolution. Said Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas: "If it's take it or leave it, we'll leave it."
House Democrats voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama's tax deal with Republicans in its current form, but it...

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10 Dec 2010

Obama’s Silent Majority

Steve Kornacki: Obama seems to have developed his own silent majority. Rank-and-file liberal Democrats may not agree with everything he has done, but they do not share the sense of abandonment and betrayal that has defined liberal commentary throughout so much of his presidency. The party's liberal base still very much likes him; it's the elites who have turned on him.
Steve Kornacki: Obama seems to have developed his own silent majority. Rank-and-file liberal Democrats may not agree...
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9 Dec 2010

A Capitulation on Taxes

he Bush tax cuts exist in the liberal imagination somewhere in a ring of hell between torture and the Iraq War. For Pres. Barack Obama to endorse their across-the-board extension is a betrayal on par with getting John Yoo s advice on interrogation policy or bringing back Don Rumsfeld as secretary of defense. In deed, if not in word, Obama will refudiate a decade s worth of Democratic rhetoric about the unaffordable, ineffectual, and unjust Bush tax cuts.
he Bush tax cuts exist in the liberal imagination somewhere in a ring of hell between torture and the Iraq War. For...

Why Not Soak the Rich

Income taxes don t operate in a vacuum. That the rich should pay 39.5 percent on their income might seem justified in isolation. But what about property, state income, payroll, and other taxes that, combined with federal income taxes, can take up to 65 percent of some incomes in high-tax states? In addition, income taxes are already graduated, so one pays a higher percentage of one s income the more one makes. Yet 50 percent of Americans pay no income taxes at all, while 5 percent of taxpayers pay nearly 60 percent of the total collected. The result is that half of Americans are likely to favor both higher entitlements, which they may well receive, and higher income taxes, which they most certainly will not pay.
Income taxes don t operate in a vacuum. That the rich should pay 39.5 percent on their income might seem justified in...

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9 Dec 2010

Over the Top Rhetoric Can’t Disguise Administration’s Retreat

Today, liberals are up in arms about the deal President Obama cut with Congressional Republicans yesterday. Check out the headlines in the online Washington Post: "Biden to Soothe Angry Dems," "Obama's Disastrous Path," "Did Obama 'Blink'?" "Deal Has Liberal Dems Fuming." Obama held a news conference this afternoon to explain the thinking behind the agreement. Reporters obliged him by acting as stand-ins for the Democratic Party's angry left--a role that they seemed to fall into with ease.
Today, liberals are up in arms about the deal President Obama cut with Congressional Republicans yesterday. Check out...

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9 Dec 2010

Obama’s base hates the tax deal

A poll conducted by Survey USA provides a sense of the left's dismay at the tax deal President Obama agreed to. Survey USA polled 1,000 people who contributed time or money to the Obama presidential campaign. 74 percent strongly oppose the deal and 57 percent say they are less likely to contribute in 2012 to Democrats who support it.
A poll conducted by Survey USA provides a sense of the left's dismay at the tax deal President Obama agreed to. Survey...

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9 Dec 2010

A once honest broker

Today, the Washington Post reported that "the Obama administration has abandoned its effort to persuade Israel to renew a construction freeze." Actually, the administration had persuaded Israel to renew the freeze for three months. It did so by offering certain incentives to Israel.
Today, the Washington Post reported that "the Obama administration has abandoned its effort to persuade Israel to renew...

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3 Dec 2010

Democrats give one more big favor to George Soros

While Congressional Democrats dawdle away on deciding our tax rates and refuse to pass a budget, they still find time to pass on favors to special interest groups and people. The latest big favor comes to the sugar daddy that has funded so many of their campaigns and was an early supporter of Barack Obama: George Soros.
While Congressional Democrats dawdle away on deciding our tax rates and refuse to pass a budget, they still find time to...

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3 Dec 2010

More Global Warming Hypocrisy

In Cancun, United Nations bureaucrats are at it again, scheming to redistribute our wealth on the pretense that their efforts have something to do with the weather. Their current theme is that developed nations should adopt rationing as a way to reduce standards of living. The call for rationing, of course, doesn't apply to United Nations climate bureaucrats. Americans For Prosperity apparently crashed the party in Cancun:
In Cancun, United Nations bureaucrats are at it again, scheming to redistribute our wealth on the pretense that their...

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3 Dec 2010

Separating facts from spin in the Pentagon’s DADT report

Fortunately, the report includes a purely empirical component -- the responses of members of the military to certain questions. The responses by those who do the actual fighting for our country should give no comfort to those who favor repeal. 48 percent of those in combat units and 58 percent of those in Marine combat units fear that repeal would affect their combat readiness.
Fortunately, the report includes a purely empirical component -- the responses of members of the military to certain...
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1 Dec 2010

New START Mischaracterization and Misdirection

The Obama administration s effort to garner Senate support for ratification of its New START nuclear treaty has met greater-than-expected resistance. This resistance follows primarily from concerns about the loopholes in the treaty s limits on forces, its narrow but explicit limits on U.S. missile-defense options and non-nuclear strategic missiles, and its significant weakening of START s past verification provisions. But it may well be that some of the opposition to New START has as much to do with the administration s mode of promoting the treaty as it has with substance.
The Obama administration s effort to garner Senate support for ratification of its New START nuclear treaty has met...
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The Irrelevance of START

It s a lame-duck session. Time is running out. Unemployment is high, the economy is dangerously weak, and, with five weeks to go, no one knows what tax they ll be paying on everything from income to dividends to death when the current rates expire Jan. 1. And what is the president demanding that Congress pass as a top priority ? To what did he devote his latest weekly radio address? Ratification of his New START treaty.
It s a lame-duck session. Time is running out. Unemployment is high, the economy is dangerously weak, and, with five...
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1 Dec 2010

The Little Victims of Obamacare

It s time for America s youth to buckle up and take a rough ride on Reality Highway. For the past two years, President Obama has promised our children the moon, stars, rainbows, unicorns, and universal health care for all. But the White House Santa s cradle-to-grave entitlement mandates have been a spectacularly predictable bust. Don t take it from me. Take it from Obamacare s own biggest cheerleaders.
It s time for America s youth to buckle up and take a rough ride on Reality Highway. For the past two years, President...
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1 Dec 2010

Tea Founder Limit Vote to Property Owners

Pointing out that the founders put "certain restrictions on who gets the right to vote," Tea Party Nation founder and president Judson Phillips said, "One of those was you had to be a property owner. And that makes a lot of sense, because if you're a property owner you actually have a vested stake in the community. If you're not a property owner, you know, I'm sorry but property owners have a little bit more of a vested interest in the community than non-property owners."
Pointing out that the founders put "certain restrictions on who gets the right to vote," Tea Party Nation founder and...

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1 Dec 2010

What Congress’ Food Safety Bill Left Out

A new food safety bill, which just passed the Senate and is now headed for a House-Senate Congress, will probably end up being the biggest piece of legislation to come out of the lame duck session of Congress. Although well intentioned (who, after all, doesn t want safe food?) the bill deserves a good deal of skepticism. In fact, there are good reasons for both economy first conservatives and safety first liberals to dislike it.
A new food safety bill, which just passed the Senate and is now headed for a House-Senate Congress, will probably end up...

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1 Dec 2010

RNC Chair Race Heats Up

The Republican National Committee has a unique role to play in the GOP, a role that is particularly important during presidential election cycles. In fact, it s the only entity that can contribute help in money, time and policy research to every single level of campaigning in the country: from dog catcher to President. The RNC will also be organizing the 2012 Republican Convention, a singularly crucial time in which the Republican Party gets its message out.
The Republican National Committee has a unique role to play in the GOP, a role that is particularly important during...

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1 Dec 2010

Blackwater Tried to Build Anti-Pirate Fleet

Besieged by criminal inquiries and Congressional investigators, how could the world s most controversial private security company drum up new business? By battling pirates on the high seas, of course.
Besieged by criminal inquiries and Congressional investigators, how could the world s most controversial private...
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1 Dec 2010

This day in DADT history

Today, the Pentagon released its report on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." It comes in at 267 pages. I haven't read it, but Bruce Kesler has. He summarizes the report here.
Today, the Pentagon released its report on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." It comes in at 267 pages. I haven't read it, but...

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1 Dec 2010

Obama’s chickens come home to roost

In a front-page story in today's Washington Post, Karen Tumulty finds that leading Republicans have unearthed a previously obscure concept with which to attack President Obama. That concept is "American exceptionalism." Tumulty seems to view this development as part jockeying for position among presidential hopefuls and part attempt to raise questions about Obama's Americanism.
In a front-page story in today's Washington Post, Karen Tumulty finds that leading Republicans have unearthed a...
12 Nov 2010

A First Step on the Debt

Nancy Pelosi is remarkably consistent. During the election campaign, she attacked Republicans for proposals to tackle the nation s fiscal problems. After the election, she is attacking the co-chairmen of Pres. Barack Obama s fiscal commission for the same offense.
Nancy Pelosi is remarkably consistent. During the election campaign, she attacked Republicans for proposals to tackle...

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12 Nov 2010

Jerusalem is Not a Settlement

Once again, the issue of Israeli building in Jerusalem is making headlines threatening a full-blown crisis. But just how accurate are those headlines? Settlements are not a consensus issue both within and outside of Israel. However, it is incumbent upon the media to present the facts and the necessary context in order for readers to understand the reality of the situation and to allow for an informed judgment. Unfortunately the media has to a large extent failed.
Once again, the issue of Israeli building in Jerusalem is making headlines threatening a full-blown crisis. But just how...

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12 Nov 2010

Saletan: Dems Won the Battle of 2010

William Saletan: if health care did cost the party its majority, so what? The bill was more important than the election. I realize that sounds crazy. We've become so obsessed with who wins or loses in politics that we've forgotten what the winning and losing are about. ... The big picture isn't about winning or keeping power. It's about using it.
William Saletan: if health care did cost the party its majority, so what? The bill was more important than the election....

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11 Nov 2010

Poll: Most Oppose Health Care Repeal

A new poll released on Thursday morning showed that just 39 percent back the Republican effort to repeal or scale it President Obama's health care reform legislation. Fifty-eight percent would rather make more changes in the health care system or leave the bill alone.
A new poll released on Thursday morning showed that just 39 percent back the Republican effort to repeal or scale it...

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11 Nov 2010

Emboldened Repubs Seek War with Iran

Emboldened by President Obama's political struggles, foreign-policy hard-liners on the right are stepping up efforts to pursue a U.S. military attack on Iran. "The theoreticians who called for war in Iraq as a way to stop Saddam acquiring weapons of mass destruction are at it again, with the same playbook," said Joel Rubin of the liberal National Security Network.
Emboldened by President Obama's political struggles, foreign-policy hard-liners on the right are stepping up efforts to...

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11 Nov 2010

Poll: Most Dems Support Compromise

According to a new Gallup poll, 59 percent of Democrats say it is generally more important for political leaders to compromise, with 18 percent saying it is more important to stick to your beliefs. But 41 percent of Republicans questioned in the survey say it is more important for lawmakers to stick to their beliefs even if little gets done. The poll indicates that by a 49 to 24 percent margin, independent voters say it is more important for politicians to compromise to get things done rather than sticking to their core beliefs.
According to a new Gallup poll, 59 percent of Democrats say it is generally more important for political leaders to...

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6 Nov 2010

If the GOP Repeals Obamacare, Then What

As with all economic topics batted about in the political sphere, there has consistently appeared to me to be a great deal of simplistic thinking and even misinformation floating around regarding healthcare insurance reform. We had a mess of a system with high costs, escalating premiums, unimpressive statistical results, and significant inequities before the latest attempt. The situation was not only problematic for the poor and uninsurable, but it was sapping the competitiveness of American business, which was saddled with healthcare costs far beyond those of foreign competitors.
As with all economic topics batted about in the political sphere, there has consistently appeared to me to be a great...

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6 Nov 2010

Boehner Makes His Promises

The members of the 112th Congress must heed this message if there is to be any hope of repairing the shattered bonds of trust between the American people and their elected leaders. And that begins with the speaker of the House, who as leader of the institution must lead by example.
The members of the 112th Congress must heed this message if there is to be any hope of repairing the shattered bonds of...

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6 Nov 2010

Bush Allegedly Thinks Poorly of Palin

The 43rd President has told friends the ex-Alaska governor isn t qualified to be President and criticizes Arizona Sen. John McCain for putting Palin on the 2008 GOP ticket and handing her a national platform
The 43rd President has told friends the ex-Alaska governor isn t qualified to be President and criticizes Arizona Sen....

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6 Nov 2010

Paul Ryan Won’t Endorse Bachmann

It didn t take long for Rep. Michele Bachmann s decision to run for Conference Chair in the House Republican caucus to get a reaction from her colleagues. Caucus veterans started lining up behind Bachmann s opponent for the position, Jeb Hensarling of Texas. Wisconsin s Paul Ryan, who is well-regarded by the fiscal conservatives active in the Tea Party movement, endorsed Hensarling in a letter to current House Republicans:
It didn t take long for Rep. Michele Bachmann s decision to run for Conference Chair in the House Republican caucus to...

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6 Nov 2010

President Obama’s excellent asian adventure

President Obama is being ridiculed for the extravagance of his trip to Asia. A report from India that Obama's trip will cost $200 million a day for two days in India is implausible and baseless. However, the White House will not say what the actual price tag nor, to my knowledge, has it denied that he be will accompanied by an enormous entourage the accommodation of which will be hugely expensive.
President Obama is being ridiculed for the extravagance of his trip to Asia. A report from India that Obama's trip will...
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6 Nov 2010

Joke pundit suspended by joke network

The news of the day is that MSNBC has suspended Keith Olbermann without pay for his contributions to three Democratic candidates this election season. Olbermann is said to have violated the company policy prohibiting the talent from making political contributions. Such contributions give the appearance that the talent might have an interest that colors otherwise impartial reportage.
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6 Nov 2010

Geithner Met Privately with Jon Stewart

In the midst of debates on financial regulation and China's currency in April, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner had a private meeting to discuss the U.S. economy with comedian Jon Stewart. The off-the-record meeting at Stewart's office in New York took place April 2, according to Geithner's appointments calendar on Treasury's website. "Jon Stewart is influential in America, so we took the opportunity for the two to meet and to discuss the economy," Treasury spokesman Steve Adamske said in an e-mail yesterday.
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5 Nov 2010

Noonan Calls Palin a ‘Nincompoop’

In her Wall Street Journal column Friday, Peggy Noonan writes that a Sarah Palin comment dismissive of Ronald Reagan's background was "ignorant even for Mrs. Palin." Going over Reagan's accomplishments prior to seeking public office, Noonan concludes, "The point is not 'He was a great man and you are a nincompoop,' though that is true. ... Americans don't want, as their representatives, people who seem empty or crazy. They'll vote no on that."
In her Wall Street Journal column Friday, Peggy Noonan writes that a Sarah Palin comment dismissive of Ronald Reagan's...

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5 Nov 2010

Egan: Obama Paid for Saving Capitalism

Timothy Egan: The big corporate donors who bankrolled the Republican tide that carried into office more than 50 new Republicans in the House should be wary of what you just bought. For no matter your view of President Obama, he effectively saved capitalism. And for that, he paid a terrible political price. The banking system was resuscitated by $700 billion in bailouts started by Bush (a fact unknown by a majority of Americans), and finished by Obama, with help from the Federal Reserve. It worked.
Timothy Egan: The big corporate donors who bankrolled the Republican tide that carried into office more than 50 new...
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5 Nov 2010

Ron Paul May Get to Oversee Fed

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Thursday he will push to examine the Federal Reserve's monetary policy decisions if he takes control of the congressional subcommittee that oversees the central bank. "I think they're way too independent. They just shouldn't have this power," Paul, a longtime Fed critic, told Reuters. He's expected to get the chairmanship.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Thursday he will push to examine the Federal Reserve's monetary policy decisions if he...

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5 Nov 2010

Rasmussen Polls 5.8% Off Mark

One of the biggest losers in Tuesday's elections was the pollster Scott Rasmussen, whose polls were an average of 5.8 percent off the mark in 105 Senate and gubernatorial races -- almost always to the favor of Republicans. "Rasmussen's polls were quite biased, overestimating the standing of the Republican candidate by almost 4 points on average," writes polling expert Nate Silver.
One of the biggest losers in Tuesday's elections was the pollster Scott Rasmussen, whose polls were an average of 5.8...

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30 Oct 2010

Can a philsophical pragmatist be a left-wing ideologue?

In response to a post I wrote called "Barack Obama: philosophical pragmatist or left-wing ideologue?" Stanley Kurtz, whose terrific book Radical-in-Chief helped me address the question, argues that it's entirely possible to say "both." Jonah Goldberg adds that "it is not only entirely possible, it is quite common, even consistent" to be a Marxist and a pragmatist.
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30 Oct 2010

The young and the festive

I milled around for about an hour this afternoon with the crowd at Jon Stewart's rally here in Washington. It was enormous. I can't really compare it to the size of the crowd at Glenn Beck's rally because the venue was different, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were comparable in terms of attendance.
I milled around for about an hour this afternoon with the crowd at Jon Stewart's rally here in Washington. It was...

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30 Oct 2010

Dude city

Barack Obama made himself a laughingstock at a few points points during his appearance on Jon Stewart's Daily Show this week. Video of Obama's appearance on the Daily Show is here; a transcript of Obama's appearance is here.
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30 Oct 2010

It’s Not the Economy, Stupid

Islamic terrorism will not be a back-burner issue for long, as Friday;s news shows. With debt exploding, joblessness climbing, growth stagnating, and sharp tax increases looming, the economy has dominated the midterm campaign that finally ends on Tuesday. National-security concerns have flown under the radar.  
Islamic terrorism will not be a back-burner issue for long, as Friday;s news shows. With debt exploding, joblessness...

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30 Oct 2010

Simplicity itself

The Washington Post ran an article today about Newt Gingrich called "Out of the Wilderness and into the Mix for 2012." The writer, Karen Tumulty, seems confident that Gingrich is interested in running for president, and I have no reason to doubt that he is. I also agree with Tumulty's suggestion that if Sarah Palin decides not to run, Gingrich's prospects for gaining the Republican nomination might be pretty good.
The Washington Post ran an article today about Newt Gingrich called "Out of the Wilderness and into the Mix for 2012."...
29 Oct 2010

Final Nail in the Democrats Coffin

Government planners have created a stagflationary growth recession. On the eve of the midterm elections, a third-quarter GDP report showing a meager 2 percent growth rate is the final nail in the Obama Democrats political coffin.
Government planners have created a stagflationary growth recession. On the eve of the midterm elections, a third-quarter...

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29 Oct 2010

Another look at the Alaska race

An outfit called Alaskans Standing Together has released a poll taken by an outfit called Hellenthal and Associates. It purports to show Lisa Murkowski leading Joe Miller by 43.5 to 29. Democrat Scott McAdams trails with 23 percent. As I said yesterday, I don't believe the Hays poll that had Murkowski 11 points up on Miller. Similarly, I don't believe the Hellenthal poll that has Murkowski up by more than 14. I do believe, based on what I've heard about internal polling, that Murkowski was probably ahead of Miller at the time these polls were taken.
An outfit called Alaskans Standing Together has released a poll taken by an outfit called Hellenthal and Associates. It...

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29 Oct 2010

Banks Are Lending More (to the Government)

"Quantitative easing" doesn't mean more credit for Main Street. The Federal Reserve's open-market committee (FOMC) is widely expected to try a second dose of quantitative easing when they meet again in early November. Dozens of financial reporters have described this as an effort to goose the economy, but how that is supposed to work is even more unclear than usual.  
"Quantitative easing" doesn't mean more credit for Main Street. The Federal Reserve's open-market committee (FOMC) is...

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29 Oct 2010

Getting the atmospherics right

In a profile of John Boehner, the Washington Post reports that the likely Speaker to-be is committed to allowing Democrats greater freedom to have their say on the House floor and to letting them bring their proposals to a vote. I hope so. I also hope that he will end the practice of dumping massive pieces of legislation in Representatives' laps and holding votes before they can read, analyze and digest the proposals. This practice takes the minority party -- and many members of the majority -- out of the process and, of course, tends to promote defective legislation.
In a profile of John Boehner, the Washington Post reports that the likely Speaker to-be is committed to allowing...
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29 Oct 2010

Pelosi’s Cannon Fodder

To the speaker, health-care reform was a hill worth letting her members die for. After ordering Pickett s charge, Robert E. Lee reputedly mingled on the Gettysburg battlefield with his soldiers fortunate enough to have survived the debacle. It s all my fault, he said. Will Nancy Pelosi have a similar moment of regret after next Tuesday, when -- whether Republicans take the House or not -- many of her troops won t be coming back?
To the speaker, health-care reform was a hill worth letting her members die for. After ordering Pickett s charge, Robert...
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