The 3 most damning graphs in modern American politics
1. Stimulus and Unemployment: Real vs. Projected (Source) This chart is taken straight from the Obama administration, and was used by them to sell the $800,000,000,0001 economic stimulus bill. The only change has been to fill in the actual unemployment numbers. There are two conclusions one can reach here: By their own numbers, the stimulus has made the situation significantly worse than it would have | Read More »
Pat Toomey, the Pennsylvania Republican who scared Specter out of the primary and who will likely take his seat in the next election came by Lancaster this morning. I joined the crowd to hear what he had to say and find out how I could be of assistance. Here are my notes, jotted down from memory a good 6 hours after the event. Toomey gave | Read More »
Contract with America 2.0
This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow
Last week was wonderful politically. It started off with a Republican winning in deep-blue Massachusetts by running against the health care bill, which in turn probably killed off a bill that was so bad they had to insert special bribes into it just to get Democrats to vote for it. Plus, it foreshadows good things for the Republican party in upcoming elections. Far more significantly, the Supreme Court finally killed the abomination that is McCain-Feingold, concluding that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press” really does mean that you’re not allowed to suppress a political documentary. Finally, Air America went under, which wasn’t a major story, but topped the week off nicely.
Brown’s victory is somewhere in the middle of the other two in terms of importance, but it’s the one I’m interested in talking about. One year ago, after their massive victory, Democrats were gleefully declaring that the Republicans were going to spend a generation in the political wilderness. Honestly, while I was not happy about the results, I always found this unlikely for a pair of reasons. The first is that I’ve been spending the past eight years building up a political memory, and could easily recall that not long ago the Republicans were talking about building their own “permanent majority.” This wasn’t without basis either; they expanded their congressional majorities in both the 2002 and 2004 elections, which is not how it usually goes for the president’s party. Things changed, and they would surely change again. The wheel turns.
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Health Care Cheat Sheet
“We are God’s partners in matters of life and death.” -President Obama For a conservative political junkie such as myself, the recent debate over the health care plan has been great fun to watch. Obama’s poll numbers have been tumbling, conservatives have been mobilized, and somehow the Democrats are having difficulty passing things through a Congress where they control both houses with filibuster-proof margins. Having | Read More »
“To avoid being mistaken for a sell-out, I chose my friends carefully.” – Barack Obama, Dreams from My FatherAs you well know, the election is nearly here. If you’re like most people, you probably know a fair amount by now about Joe Plumber’s background (he goes by his middle name! The horror!), and you may even have heard a bit about Palin’s wardrobe, but you | Read More »