Greg Craig: Lobbyist
I suppose that the best fig leaf statement that can be made about Team Obama’s promises on lobbyists joining the Administration is that some lobbyists are more equal than others. Once again: I don’t have a problem with lobbyists. I do, however, have a problem with self-righteous poseurs who denounce the lobbying community even as they work to take advantage of the skill sets of | Read More »
“The Most Ethical Congress In History”?
Not while the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is engaged in shenanigans like the ones described here: Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel took a “homestead” tax break on a Washington, DC, house for years while simultaneously occupying multiple rent-stabilized apartments in New York City, possibly violating laws and regulations in both cases. The situation raises a number of potential problems for the congressman, | Read More »
“The Obamas Walk Away From Public Schools.” C’est la phrase juste. And the following is right on the money as well: . . . it’s wonderful that the Obamas had such a broad range of public and private school choices available to them. What’s puzzling is that the president-elect opposes programs that would bring that same easy choice of schools within reach of families who | Read More »
Only yesterday, I put down my very public wager that soon, despite promises to the contrary, we would see Barack Obama rely on lobbyists to help with his transition and his Administration. And now . . . well . . . look at this: President-elect Barack Obama has imposed stricter conflict-of-interest restrictions on his White House transition team than any president before him. But a | Read More »
RM Exclusive: Stem Cell committee exporting Michigan jobs, hundreds of thousands of dollars
Cross-posted on Right Michigan at www.RightMichigan.com. “It’ll bring jobs. It’ll bring jobs as dollars become available to do the research. And if intellectual properties are developed from this research, which I’m certain they will be, that will bring more jobs.” That’s the prognosis from Dr. Joe Schwarz, the one-time Congressman from Michigan’s 7th District and the current front-man for Cure Michigan, the Proposal 2 ballot | Read More »
Connections With Bill Ayers Apparently Do Not Count Unless The Obama Campaign Says They Count
The latest in heads-I-win-tails-you-lose political argumentation. And unsurprisingly, no one in the mainstream media is paying the slightest bit of attention.
There are many twists and turns in the maze in which Poison Pelosi’s PAC-Man gobbles up the “fruits” of politics that are campaign cash: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed nearly $100,000 from her political action committee to her husband’s real estate and investment firm over the past decade, a practice of paying a spouse with political donations that she supported banning last year. Financial | Read More »
Reid Blocks Online Predator Bill to Help Obama
This Congress hasn’t accomplished all that much, so you’d think they’d be eager to pass a no-brainer such as bipartisan legislation to protect kids from online predators. You’d be wrong. Last December, the House passed the Securing Adolescents from Exploitation Online Act by a resounding margin of 409-2. The bipartisan bill expands reporting requirements for child sex exploitation and child pornography, requires providers to disclose | Read More »
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Is Charlie Rangel In Trouble?
Perhaps; when even the New York Times editorial board believes that he ought to stand aside from his Ways and Means Chairmanship for at least a period of time while his tax history is being investigated, the Code Red ought to be issued in Rangel’s office to signal impending political danger. Of course, it should be noted that Nancy Pelosi continues to protect Rangel in | Read More »
Hypocritical Obama campaign calls McCain dishonorable
Barack Obama’s campaign demonstrated what shameless hypocrites they are. This morning, they went up with an ad calling John McCain dishonorable and sleazy. Yet on Friday, they released an ad that accused him of not using a computer (a strange accusation). When it turned out that his well-known mobility problem is part of the reason, what do they do? Change the subject by quoting him | Read More »
Which Country Does John McCain Love?
Barack Obama yesterday made the single biggest mistake of his campaign, yet it seems to have been lost in the commotion surrounding his ill-advised “e-mail” ad and its aftermath. In an unbridled display of naked hypocrisy, Barack “Don’t Question My Patriotism” Obama repudiated a campaign’s worth of rhetoric and openly questioned John McCain’s commitment to the United States.
Obama’s Addicted to Pork
Barack Obama can try to throw mud, but be can’t dodge his voting record. He’s voted for pork barrel projects over hurricane relief, health care for children, and anything else. Go read Allah on the taxpayer money Obama earmarked for a major fundraiser, as well as my post at the Standard detailing his votes against every effort to cut earmarks that came before him.
Politics And Hypocrisy
Much has been made over the past 24 hours about Barack Obama’s “lipstick on a pig” statement, and how it may or may not have been a veiled shot at Sarah Palin. While, after hearing the sound bit in context, I seriously doubt that it was, the Illinois Senator’s cry of foul for the flak he took over the statement strikes me as hypocritical. I | Read More »
Question Of The Day
Think many private citizens would have the kind of powerful friends that Charlie Rangel does if those private citizens were also tax scofflaws?
Obama for a “new politics” as long as it helps him
When the going gets rough, Barack Obama’s principles get going. Marc Ambinder notes that Obama is abandoning his previous statements on outside groups: There’s been a spurt of 527 activity on behalf of Sen. John McCain, but Barack Obama campaign has suddenly gone silent on the subject. That’s because, after of year of telling donors not to contribute to 527 groups, of encouraging strategists not | Read More »