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The President and the Economy: Lowering the Performance Bar

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July 16th, 2012

(Article first published as “The President and the Economy: Lowering the Performance Bar” on Blogcritics.) Fifty percent of the respondents in an AP-GfK poll taken last month believe that the President has little to no effect on the American economy. The poll consisted of telephone and cell phone interviews with 1,007 adults across the Country.

While GfK markets its polling methodology as ‘reliable’, it is not described as drawing from a representative cross section of the nation…

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Cavmen Didn’t Have Debt and Neither Should We

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June 22nd, 2012

Cavemen come into vogue every now and then. From the silly Geico “so easy” commercials to serious diet choices, Americans don’t mind identifying with the scraggily cave dwellers of millennia ago. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since, on an evolutionary scale, we aren’t that far removed from them. Oh, we have more highly developed social, economic and governance structures. We dress better, live more grandly and bathe a lot more often. In fact, our…

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Wisconsin Deals Fiscal Responsibility a Winning Hand

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June 6th, 2012

The much-anticipated vote has finally been tallied. Scott Walker is the first governor in U.S. history to withstand a recall attempt. Actually, only three gubernatorial recalls have been mounted in the nation’s history. Still, winning is better than losing. Just ask the two who were expelled, California Governor Gray Davis, ousted in 2003, and North Dakota Governor Lynn Frazier, sent packing in 1921. Frazier may be beyond querying but Davis can tell you that it’s no…

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The Social Advocacy Lure: Whom will it catch?

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March 24th, 2012

(Article first published as “The Social Advocacy Lure: Whom will it catch?” on Blogcritics.) Last month, the Obama re-election campaign began an effort in earnest to redefine the major issues in this election year. Treating superficially the still weak economy, the persistently high jobless rate and the skyrocketing national debt, Obama’s main messaging is now on social issues. He addresses the rights of discrete groups, like women. But, he speaks most passionately of, in essence, a national ‘oneness’. It is a social concept he uses to…

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Will Obama Step Aside or be Pushed?

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November 28th, 2011

(Article first published as “Will Obama Step Aside or be Pushed?” on Blogcritics.) The Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece a few days ago about the need for Obama to step aside. For the good of the country, he must give another Democrat a chance at the White House next year. The most surprising thing about the article is that it wasn’t written by a hardline right-winger. Or even a considered Independent. Two former Democrat pollsters, one for Jimmy…

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To Flatten or Not to Flatten: Is that Really the Question?

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October 30th, 2011

(First published as “To Flatten or Not to Flatten: Is that Really the Question?” on Blogcritics.) On Monday, the Bloomberg editorial staff came down on the side of making the tax code more “progressive”. The piece was in response to flat income tax proposals from three or four of the current Republican presidential primary candidates. One can only hope that what passes for thinking in that article is not repeated in future Bloomberg work because it’s very…

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Obamanomics: Simply Insanity or Crazy Craftiness, Too?

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September 21st, 2011

(Article first published as “Obamanomics: Simply Insanity or Crazy Craftiness, Too?” on Blogcritics.) On February 12, 2008, in a campaign speech delivered to a packed, thunderously approving crowd, then candidate Barack Obama provided a glimpse of Obamanomics. As in his later encounter with Joe The Plumber, the first term Illinois Senator preached government control of wealth. The specific example he used on both occasions was wealth redistribution. But, that is merely one type of wealth control. There are…

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Say It Ain’t So

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August 24th, 2011

(Article first published as “Say It Ain’t So” on Blogcritics.) In 1919, eight players on the Chicago White Sox threw the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. They were later indicted and banned from baseball for life. A small boy who idolized the most famous of them, Shoeless Joe Jackson, entreated the star to deny his involvement. The child’s plea, “say it ain’t so”, has come to epitomize both disbelief and the pain of disappointment. It’s a fitting reaction to…

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The Afterglow

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August 10th, 2011

(This blog is an update of an article first published as “The Afterglow” on Blogcritics.) It took almost no time at all for the phony afterglow conjured up by Washington’s politicians to be extinguished by the cold winds of reality. In the brief two days between the signing of the debt ceiling increase and the first gust of trouble, the President and Congress were celebrating. Obama, planning a bus tour of the Midwest at taxpayer expense, was busy…

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The Self-Marginalization of Barack Obama

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July 27th, 2011

(Article first published as “The Self-Marginalization of Barack Obama” on Blogcritics.) With each passing challenge, Barack Obama gets smaller and smaller. The limited role he’s defined for himself over the past three and one-half years has turned him into the incredible shrinking president. The latest example may be the one that finally makes him disappear altogether. Will history mark John Boehner’s departure from the debt ceiling negotiation table on Friday night as the effective end of the…

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