Politics (page 1004)

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    Goldberg outlines the speech he’d like to hear from the president

    Jonah Goldberg has plenty of expectations for President Obama’s upcoming congressional address: claims of pragmatism, self-quotation, calls for other people to partisan differences aside. Despite those expectations, Goldberg offers National Review Online readers the speech he would like to hear from the 44th president.
    Mitch Kokai, September 2, 2011
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    George Orwell would be proud….

    This Cafe Hayek post by Russ Roberts is so good I repost it in its entirety. “I’m from the federal family and I am here to help you” The Palm Beach Post reports on a rhetorical move by the Obama administration: Don’t think of it as the federal…
    Michael Sanera, September 2, 2011
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    York notes Obama supporters’ efforts to change the subject

    If the economy is the issue driving political interest these days, Byron York wonders why the president’s allies and media enablers are focusing their attention elsewhere. York bases his latest Washington Examiner article on that theme. The fundamental facts of the presidential race at…
    Mitch Kokai, September 2, 2011
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Months before any voters cast real ballots in the 2012 presidential race, media outlets already have started pursuing their favorite story lines. Jon Ham discusses early media coverage of the 2012 campaign during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. You’ll also hear what some Charlotte-area voters heard…
    Mitch Kokai, September 2, 2011
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    Education job loss numbers, Part 2

    In Part 1, I addressed the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) survey of education position loss and Reduction in Force (RIF).  In this post, I will discuss the data. There are multiple discrepancies between the survey data and other statistical resources published by DPI. 1. Reduction in…
    Terry Stoops, September 1, 2011
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    Education job loss numbers, Part 1

    After yesterday’s release-retraction-release of education job loss statistics from the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the usual suspects lined up to blame Republican legislators for “draconian” cuts to public schools.  The News & Observer had an incredibly misleading, i.e., typical, headline, “N.C. school cuts just keep coming.”…
    Terry Stoops, September 1, 2011
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    A ‘go-to’ pundit’s spotty track record

    Andrew Ferguson’s latest media tweak as Commentary’s “Press Man” focuses on the continuing use of Mark Zandi as an economic expert — despite an apparent lack of expertise. Zandi, a Democrat, is often portrayed as a Republican, “noted conservative,” or “an economist who has advised both…
    Mitch Kokai, September 1, 2011
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    Using Medicare as a political weapon

    If you support Medicare, does it make more sense to search for reforms that would preserve the program or instead to wield the unsustainable existing program as a political weapon? Tevi Troy’s latest Commentary article suggests Democratic leaders have chosen option No. 2. Recent…
    Mitch Kokai, September 1, 2011