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    Unemployment Drops Twice as Fast in States Under GOP Control

    In his de facto Republican presidential nomination acceptance speech this past week, Mitt Romney took the Democrat’s favorite playground-taunt cum campaign slogan and threw it back at them. [B]ecause [President Obama] has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time. But not here and not now. It’s still about the | Read More »

    The Buffett Rule and the GOP’s War on Firefighters

    Back in the fall of 2011 when Warren of Buffett Rule fame first began angling for a positive Wikipedia entry by insisting he wasn’t paying enough taxes, Gene Sperling, the Director of the National Economic Council, wrote an article on the White House blog awkwardly titled “Buffett Rule Facts and Fictions.”  If Buffett himself was guilty of comparing apples and oranges as I wrote about in January, Mr. Sperling grabbed an | Read More »

    You Can’t Spell “Vegas” Without G, S, and A

    The Washington Post’s In the Loop blog noted today that the GSA had cancelled an upcoming conference in Las Vegas as part of the fallout from the embarrassing revelations of a lavish (has that word been overused yet?) conference in 2010 that was highlighted in an auditor’s report and ultimately led to the firing of eight GSA officials and the resignation of GSA head Martha N. Johnson.  In the Loop | Read More »

    The Doctrine of “Fair” (No, Not the FCC One)

    Addressing his fellow Democrats at a retreat on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in January, President Obama fought back against the class warfare charge that has dogged him since the 2008 campaign: “This is one of the biggest things I’m going to be pushing back on this year, this notion that this is somehow class warfare, that we’re trying to stir up envy,” Obama said. “Nobody envies rich | Read More »

    When is Nonpartisan Not Nonpartisan?

    A short time ago I wrote about a website called Name It. Change It., an affiliate of the Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF).   While my original focus was on the conflicting messages within WCF sites about “what issues are important to women,” I was also intrigued by another statement on the main page of the WCF website: NONPARTISAN – We support women leaders who support reproductive health choices | Read More »

    Read My Lips: No New Elections

    While reading Charles Krauthammer’s column in the Washington Post about the comments President Obama whispered to Dmitry Medvedev that were picked up by a reporter’s microphone, a further thought occured to me that I did not address in an earlier post on my blog on the subject.  These comments were made in a public setting in front of what I imagine were dozens of people, if not more.  There were | Read More »

    Liberal-run AP Easily Distorts Obama Budget Vote

    My post title above is a take-off on the Yahoo News Headline on this AP story about the House vote last night on President Obama’s budget proposal: GOP-run House easily rejects Obama budget WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-run House has overwhelmingly rejected President Barack Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget for next year after a vote forced by GOP lawmakers to embarrass Democrats. Republicans have opposed Obama’s budget all | Read More »

    Better Off Not Asking

    In 1980, Ronald Reagan famously asked what has become a staple question in presidential campaigns: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”   The feckless Jimmy Carter was woefully unprepared to answer that question when Reagan posed it in a debate shortly before the election. A week later, the American people answered with a resounding “no” that translated into one of | Read More »

    Scalia Widely Misquoted as “We’re Not Stupid”

        Once exchange that received a lot of attention from Tuesday’s Supreme Court session was between Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., Justice Antonin Scalia, and Justice Elena Kagan.  The transcript available at Politico records the exchange as follows: 6 JUSTICE KAGAN: And this is especially true, 7 isn’t it, General -­ 8 GENERAL VERRILLI: — because that’s the 9 judgment Congress has made. 10 JUSTICE KAGAN: — | Read More »

    The Pipeline ‘Round the World

    President Obama has a habit of making grand-sounding claims that shrink under closer examination.  I have previously written of such claims relative to deficit reduction and the cutting of regulations.  In both cases, reality was but a shadow of the president’s extravagant language.  Recent remarks in Columbus, Ohio continued the tradition as the president talked about the energy needs of this country and what his administration has done to make sure | Read More »