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    The ole bait and switch

    In response today to a reporter’s question about whether he was going to raise taxes, President-elect Obama had this to say: (M)y tax plan represented a net tax cut. It provided for substantial middle-class tax cuts; 95 percent of working Americans would receive them. It also provided for cuts in capital gains for small businesses, additional tax credits. All of it is designed for job | Read More »

    My Halloween Costume

    This morning, I went to my local community college and cast my vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin in early voting. As I was leaving the polling location, the smiling election clerk offered me an “I voted” sticker. I asked her for a few extra and she passed over a handful. As my Halloween costume today, I am wearing 10-15 of those “I voted” | Read More »

    CNN Shenanigans?

    Is it just me or does the “Political Ticker” on CNN’s home page seem biased? (I know, I know–no surprise given that it is CNN.) Let me explain, everytime that I view CNN’s homepage, among the headlines to the right of the main photo on the page is a headline as to what is on the “ticker,” a sort of blog that CNN has that | Read More »

    Obama’s current numbers are his best case

    An interesting memo from the McCain campaign this morning confirms what I have suspected for the last couple of weeks: mainly, that Obama’s polling numbers reflect all that he can expect to get on election day. Not a lot of time for me to completely explain the analysis here, so here’s the quick-and-dirty version. The campaign’s memo cites as support for this the historic difference | Read More »

    Confessions of an Open Minded Conservative

    Promoted from the diaries by Erick. While I am a Republican and will proudly test my Republican bonafides against anyone’s, I am, first and foremost, an American. I am also a fan of America and a student of its history and foundational philosophies. So, although I have voted overwhelmingly in my life for Republicans (including in every presidential election in which I could vote), I | Read More »

    RIP: Civility and Principles

    In case you haven’t heard, the unmarried 17-year-old daughter of Alaska’s governor is having a baby and marrying the father. But, of course, you HAVE heard that because, even with Hurrican Gustav taking (at last count) at least seven lives and leaving nearly 1 million without power, it was the story getting most of the time and attention of the anchorazzi and blogosphere yesterday (three! | Read More »