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    Reflections on the Deficit Deal

    I don’t make claims to prescience and have no idea what the final product of the current debt ceiling negotiations will produce. I’m guessing it will not be as good as the boosters claim and not as bad as the partisans on both sides suggest. Make no mistake about it, the debate and deal were of historic import. This is the first time that an | Read More »

    The Speaker’s Plan Is A Bad Bargain

    Unlike several of my colleagues, I find there is a lot to like in the plan put forward yesterday by Speaker Boehner. I like the idea of a smaller increase in the debt ceiling to give time and a sense of urgency to work out some very difficult problems that can’t be solved in the short term. I like the idea of this debate taking | Read More »

    The No Social Security Payments Myth

    In the past couple of days both President Obama and Senator Harry Reid have claimed that unless the debt ceiling is raised that there is no guarantee that Social Security checks will go out in August. This is true as far as it goes. However, if Social Security checks don’t go out it will only because Obama has decided he’d rather send the money to | Read More »

    Our Petulant Child President

    From AFP WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama stormed out of tense debt-limit talks Wednesday with his top Republican foes after declaring he was ready to stake his reelection on the outcome, a Republican aide said. After Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor proposed to raise the US debt ceiling in more than one catch-all vote, Obama got “heated” and insisted on one comprehensive deal, | Read More »

    Small Victory For Democracy In Maryland

    Photo credit: MarylandReporter.com During the last session of the Maryland General Assembly a law was passed which gave in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens. This was an off shoot of the federal DREAM Act which also made being an illegal alien essentially legal. On the surface this looked warm and fuzzy and benign and only racists would oppose illegal aliens getting in-state tuition rates. The | Read More »

    Casey Anthony and the Law And Order Effect

    I’m not a lawyer and I don’t even play one on the internet but I am a concerned citizen and the trial, but not the acquittal, of Casey Anthony concerns me greatly. I’m a conservative, not a libertarian. Generally speaking I’m all in favor of putting asses in jail. What I’m not in favor of is the life, liberty, and property of American citizens being | Read More »

    The Foreseeable Consequence of the “Arab Spring”

    “The people of Egypt have spoken. Their voices have been heard and Egypt will never be the same. By stepping down, President Mubarak responded to the Egyptian people’s hunger for change, but this is not the end of Egypt’s transition. It’s the beginning.” Barrack Hussein Obama, president and inadvertent prophet. We’ve been skeptical of the so-called Arab Spring since the very beginning. Months ago we | Read More »

    Geezer White House Correspondent Rewrite History

    Today Paul Bedard’s Washington Whispers column in US News and World Report covers a panel discussion by veteran White House correspondents on the state of the White House press corps. Several veteran and prize-winning journalists who covered presidents from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush say that the current crop of White House correspondents are too timid and deferential and have played a role | Read More »

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Unlikely Macho Man

    Like many, when I heard that IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn had been arrested in New York for a variety of sexually related crimes my first thought was: who? Since then I’ve found that Strauss-Kahn (“DSK” to his Euro pals and “sweet thing” to his Rikers Island cohabitants is, in fact, the single indispensable man to the economic system of the entire planet. I was | Read More »

    No To Extending Robert Mueller In Office

    n September 4, FBI Director Robert Mueller’s statutorily limited ten-year term comes to an end. The Obama Administration has said it will ask the Congress to amend the law to allow Mr. Mueller to stay in office for two additional years. Congress should decline the offer.

    The Strategic Wisdom of Barack Obama

    The killing of Osama bin Laden has been characterized by two distinct phases. In Phase I the White House simply could not tell us what happened during the raid and eventually just decided to stop talking about it. Phase II has been a demeaning and unseemly grubbling for credit on the part of the administration under the guise of Obama having made a “gutsy call.” | Read More »

    Obama Made A “Gutsy Call” And He’ll Tell You So

    UPDATE: it seems that http://www.gutsycall.com still points to Obama 2012. Last week my colleague, Dan McLaughlin, noted that the website gutsycall.com referred visitors to the Obama 2012 campaign  website If you click on the URL www.gutsycall.com, you will notice that – as of this writing – it redirects you to the Obama 2012 re-election campaign website. The URL was apparently purchased yesterday, although the purchaser seems to | Read More »

    Obama Winds Down the War on Terror

    The killing of Osama bin Laden has created a series of dilemmas for the left. My colleagues have detailed the debt owed the Bush Administration which the current administration juvenilely and churlishly refuses to acknowledge ( here | here). And many on my side are willing “to give the president credit” for doing his duty. According to reports bin Laden’s location has been known to | Read More »

    Did Pakistan Aid the Bin Laden Raid?

    We will probably never know a lot of what transpired in that shabby villa in Abbottabad but what we do know is that the release of information has been dreadfully mismanaged by the White House and calls into question whether anyone there is interested in much more than making themselves look good or damaging someone else. The number of stories emerging from the White House | Read More »

    Obama vs. Panetta In The Kill Osama Decision?

    I don’t stand by what follows because I don’t know the author or the website. It also falls into the “too good to check” category. But read and decide for yourself which has a greater ring of truth: the cool, analytical Obama of the developing White House hagiography (or to quote the notorious catchfart Howard Fineman, “President Barack Obama just proved himself — vividly, in | Read More »