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    Brief and Direct: Public Program vs. Private Product

    What would have happened a few weeks ago had Obamacare been a product offered for sale by a private company, rather than the government? I don’t mean ‘who would be fired,’ although we could ask that, too. I mean, what would the company have done in the face of an obviously disastrous rollout? And how does it differ from what the Obama administration has done? | Read More »

    When a President Lies

    At this point, although they are very bad spots on Obama’s record, the IRS, Benghazi, NSA internal spying, interfering with local authorities and state authorities, Fast and Furious, Egypt, Libya, the Muslim Brotherhood, border control, green energy cronyism, Obamacare, incompetence in general, inability to develop a website for $600,000,000, and all the rest of it, are all beside the point. We have a president who | Read More »

    Why Opposition to Obamacare is both Rational and Necessary NOW

    My message tonight to my Senator Jeff Flake on his revitalized Facebook page (slightly edited): Dear Senator Flake: There are many problems facing our nation today. The most urgent, perhaps, is the threat posed by Obamacare. Let’s consider what has transpired since it was being debated in the House and Senate, and I acknowledge that you did NOT vote for it. Every problem with Obamacare | Read More »

    What Will President Obama Do About Syria?

    Why does the Syrian situation seem so much more difficult than that of Libya, for instance, or than Egypt was?  Why didn’t Obama just handle it the same way, instead of making threats to attack Syria unilaterally?  Syria comes with some built in problems that didn’t apply to those two countries and their uprisings and revolutions. The Practical Problems We have problems with our intelligence. | Read More »

    Brief and Direct: Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood

    From the morning paper–Eugene Robinson of the WaPo Writers Group, regarding Egyptian turmoil: The interior minister’s claim that soldiers did not use live ammunition was the kind of bald-faced lie that only repressive governments think they can get away with; Western correspondents described seeing protesters cut down by sniper fire…. I say a regime with the press in its pocket thinks the same way. If those | Read More »

    Brief and Direct: How Can Our Favorites Fall from Grace So Fast?

    From an answer to another RedState poster (with an edit at the end): To answer you straight, a reason conservatives have a hair trigger when it comes to their elected favorites is that it matters so much. If you are a member of a sizable majority, the occasional defection for whatever reason can make no difference at all; it can be understood as a tactical | Read More »

    Brief and Direct: How Can We Know the News Is True?

    Every bit of news must be weighed against common sense, not cynically, but clinically. Does what is being reported make good sense? Does it describe the way real people act? Remember that “real people” include dishonest people, uninformed people, good people, evil people, people with a different outlook on problems than you do, and people who may have MORE information than you have. Do the | Read More »

    Brief and Direct: The Benefits of Obamacare

    April 30, 2013–Washington, DC–The White House In a news conference this morning, President Obama was asked a question about the Affordable Health Care Act by reporter Chuck Todd: “Why does Senator [Max] Baucus… believe that this is going to be [a train wreck], and why do you believe he’s wrong?”  The President’s answer is enlightening. “…A huge chunk of it’s already been implemented. And for the 85 | Read More »

    Senator Jeff Flake Sets Record for Drowning in the Potomac Waters

    I’ll try to remain respectful toward the office, but it’ll be hard.  After all, the man is either lying to our faces or under the influence of Potomac Fever. He went from conservative Congressman to fellow-traveler in about three months. My statement is provoked by a column, supposedly written by Senator Jeff Flake, which appeared April 20 in the National Review Online, titled “The Conservative Case | Read More »

    Brief and Direct: Is Marriage a Right or a Rite?

    Another in an sporadic series of short commentaries on current events Marriage Equality? “Marriage Equality” is a recently-coined euphemism for “gay marriage,” which is itself a euphemism as well. Our tender psyches apparently don’t respond well to euphemisms that get too close to saying what they mean, especially in advocacy advertising. Still, it’s a great phrase that conveys exactly what its proponents want to convey–that | Read More »