The “Chuck-Hagel-free-apology-thread” for anything you did that you feel sorry for ( as along as it was at least 15 years ago)
Chuck Hagel the other day apologized for a supposed “gay slur” he uttered some 15 years ago. Far be it from me to question Chuckie’s motives ( ya think?) but if he suddenly feels the impulse; nay, the compulsion, to apologize publicly for every dumb, stupid, and insipid comment, well, the man won’t be able to shut up until June 23,2015, by my estimate. In | Read More »
Appalled at the Newtown tragedy? Realize that Israeli parents have lived every day for the past 60 years with fear of the same horror.
There is truly nothing that can be said that can explain the inexplicable, nor comfort those who have suffered the loss of innocent lives. There is nothing worse for a parent than having to bury a child, especially one so young. As the media shows yet again that it is capable of only focusing on one story at a time (well, maybe, one and a | Read More »
Memo to the House GOP caucus, and especially members of the RSC: If and when there’s an agreement, just make sure to read the damn bill!
Dear GOP House members: Your fearless leader, John Boehner has taken it upon himself to negotiate one-on-one with Obama. Not quite satisfied with already promising $800 billion more in new revenues ( er..taxes) he’s been busy purging conservative freshman members of key committees, in a heavy-handed attempt to exert dominance over your caucus. I have no idea what, if any, agreement Boehner will accept. What | Read More »
Forget the Senate, Tim: instead, challenge Boehner for Speaker
Conservatives need to regain the initiative within the GOP. In just the last few days, we’ve seen Boehner offer up $800 billion in new revenues, when not ONE GOP congressman ran last month endorsing higher taxes. All we heard from Republicans during the campaign was, correctly, the mantra that “We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.” So, what does Boehner do? | Read More »
If the GOP is going to raise taxes by limiting deductions, here’s one way to do it that would result in the least damage
As Erick explains in today’s featured story, “Reasonableness,” it appears that Boehner and McConnell are prepared to give in and agree to raising revenue by limiting deductions. The premise is that this is less likely to impact small businesses (the job creators) than raising rates. This is correct. However, we can’t ignore that limiting deductions will have a significant effect on many middle class taxpayers. | Read More »
Walk like an Egyptian! Boehner and the GOP can learn a lot from the non-Islamist Egyptians
Let’s be honest. Right after the Muslim brotherhood captured the Egyptian parliament, I, like most others assumed that the land of the Pharaohs was lost, toast, soon to disappear into the swamp of an Iranian style radical fundamentalism. Due to the stupidity, and/or complicity of the Obama administration, the faint promise of the Arab spring had vanished. The Muslim brotherhood, after first promising NOT to | Read More »
David Petraeus: The loneliness of the long-distance runner
Much has been written about “l’affair Petraeus” and many have attempted to understand what could possibly have possessed the general to act so recklessly, to risk it all; his career, his stirling reputation, on a dalliance. The noted author and foreign affairs analyst, Mackubin Thomas Owens, in his essay Petraeus’s Bathsheba Syndrome at National Review Online, delves into the general’s psyche, and comes closest to | Read More »
Something to consider: If Allen Drury were writing a novel based on “l’affair Petraeus,” someone in the book would commit suicide
Red Staters of a certain age may recall the Washington novels of Allen Drury. Starting with “Advise and Consent” Drury portrayed both the inner workings of the inside the Beltway establishment, as well as the broader themes of the threats to our nation, our freedoms, our way of life both from abroad and at domestically. The scandal involving Gen Petraeus is unfolding, and expanding, hourly. | Read More »
OK, Mr. President, time to tell us: exactly how much is “my fair share?”..
Obama has successfully waged a class warfare campaign, telling us over and over that all our fiscal problems will get solved if only “we ask those who have done well to pay a little more,” or, “each of us pays our fair share,” or some variant on these. And this forces the GOP into seeming to defend the rich, at the expense of the rest | Read More »
Conservatives don’t need another Reagan, we do need a new Margaret Thatcher
Before anyone misunderstands, I love Ronald Reagan. Unequivocally, Reagan was the greatest president of the 20th century. He won the Cold War. The Gipper vanquished both the Evil Empire and PATCO. His economic and tax reforms revived the US economy. The US was in sorry shape after 4 years of an inept Carter administration: gas lines, the hostages in Tehran, a US military still suffering | Read More »