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It Takes a Government: Ideology Gaffe or Grammar Goof?

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July 25th, 2012

(Article first published as “It Takes a Government: Ideology Gaffe or Grammar Goof?” on Blogcritics.) Many describe it as the biggest ideology gaffe of this election year. The speaker says, in essence, that it was merely a grammar goof. Either way, it was a gift to Mitt Romney that, at least temporarily, takes the heat off his tax return dust-up. The mistake, because it certainly was that, was President Obama’s announcement to…

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With Unlimited Taxing Authority, Who Needs the Commerce Clause?

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July 2nd, 2012

(Article first published as “With Unlimited Taxing Authority, Who Needs the Commerce Clause?” on Blogcritics.) In a decision with so many moving parts that Rube Goldberg would be envious, the U.S. Supreme Court last week upheld ObamaCare’s individual mandate. Writing for a majority of the Court, Chief Justice John Roberts concluded that the mandate is a tax rather than a penalty. As a tax it passes constitutional muster. As a penalty it does not. ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion provision did not fare…

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The Curious Choice of Bill Clinton

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June 12th, 2012

(Article first published as “The Curious Choice of Bill Clinton” on Blogcritics.) Barack Obama desperately wants American voters to believe that he’s Bill Clinton. After all, Clinton is still among the most popular democratic icons in the country – much more popular than, for example, Obama himself. Clinton is the only democratic president since WWII to win a second term. Thanks to a big shove to the right by the 1994 electorate, which installed a Republican Congress, Clinton gets away with…

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Good One, Mr. President, except Spending is no Laughing Matter

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May 29th, 2012

President Obama has made several appearances on comedy shows since his election to the nation’s highest office. So, last week, he tried a little stand up of his own. He claimed that during his Presidency federal spending has risen at the lowest rate since the Eisenhower Administration. The punch line is that Obama is, therefore, a fiscal conservative. Given our increasing national debt, the gag was not that funny, but the guy is, after all, a novice…

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Where’s a Presidential Apology When You Need One?

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March 16th, 2012

(Article first published as “Where’s a Presidential Apology When You Need One?” on Blogcritics.) President Obama was excoriated for last month’s apology to Afghan President Karzai after several copies of the Koran were inadvertently burned. This type of criticism is nothing knew. Obama has been disparaged for years for apologizing for America. His speech in Berlin during the 2008 presidential campaign earned him one of the earliest censures. It was followed by the much-maligned 2009 “apology tour” of several…

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Democrats to Obama: Stay Out of Town

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November 14th, 2011

(Article first published as “Democrats to Obama: Stay Out of Town” on Blogcritics.) As the clock ticks down to zero hour for the Congressional Super Committee, President Obama is on a nine-day relationship-building junket to Asia. Leaving town when Congress is struggling with issues crucial to the American economy has become Obama’s stock-in-trade. Prior to the Asia tour, he spent weeks on the campaign trail, ducking the difficult job of developing a meaningful resolution of the debt crisis. He did, however,…

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Obama Roasted by Nuclear Option Fallout?

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October 3rd, 2011

(Article first published as “Obama Roasted by Nuclear Option Fallout?” on Blogcritics.) With his poll numbers falling at least as fast as our economic outlook, a desperate Barack Obama exercised the nuclear option in his re-election bid. On September 19, Dan Pfeiffer, the President’s communications director, told the New York Times that the period of political compromise is “behind us”. This week, nine months into the current Congress and fourteen before the election, Obama went on a scorched earth…

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Why Obama’s Jobs Speech Will Be A Nonstarter

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September 7th, 2011

(First published as “Why Obama’s Jobs Speech Will Be a Nonstarter” on Blogcritics.) President Obama will give yet another major speech this Thursday night. He’ll speak in broad platitudes and intone about the seriousness of our predicament. He will emphasize the necessity of working together. He will, of course, offer way too little in the way of specifics, but whatever it is will have a huge price tag. And his speech will come a cropper, die aborning, stumble out of…

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The Fatal Conceit of Perpetual Prosperity: Will It Sell?

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August 17th, 2011

(Article first published as “The Fatal Conceit of Perpetual Prosperity: Will It Sell?” on Blogcritics.) Winston Churchill once said, “The biggest argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Today, the truth of that observation is being determined in democracies around the globe. In the U.S., with politicians sharply divided along partisan lines on how to solve our fiscal crisis, voters will decide on the path forward. Are they up to the task? Will they buy the perpetual prosperity…

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The Hard Consequences of Do Nothing

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August 3rd, 2011

At different times in American history, the Do Nothing label has been stuck to Republican politicians and even the entire party. Like the time, way back in the day, when Woodrow Wilson glued it on President Taft and his administration. The most famous use of the term was by Harry Truman in his successful campaign against Thomas Dewey in the 1948 presidential race. The phrase helped to keep “Give ‘Em Hell Harry” in the White House confounding all…

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