Politics (page 977)

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    Krauthammer explores the notion of an ‘Obama Doctrine’

    Charles Krauthammer‘s latest column posted at Human Events muses that President Obama’s “doctrine” — to the extent he has one — could be summarized as “leading from behind.” And it surely is an accurate description, from President Obama’s shocking passivity during Iran’s…
    Mitch Kokai, April 29, 2011
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    Rove analyzes the Obama re-election playbook

    Like him or not, Karl Rove knows something about winning presidential elections. In his latest Wall Street Journal column, Rove compares President Obama’s re-election plans to those of George W. Bush and … wait for it … Richard Nixon. The Obama approach copies the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 28, 2011
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    Still blaming the ‘Bush tax cuts’

    Three years after taking over for George W. Bush, President Obama is still trying to win political points by attacking the "Bush tax cuts" enacted during the 43rd president's first term in the White House. In an article for Human Events, Donald Lambro rebuts the president's arguments: In “the last decade, if we had simply found a way to pay for the tax cuts and the prescription drug benefit, our deficit would currently be at low historical levels in the coming years,” Obama said. Whenever Obama talks about paying for tax cuts, he means, but does not say, raising taxes on someone else. It never occurs to him, nor does he say, that the tax cuts can pay for themselves through increased economic growth and higher employment. That is exactly what President Bush’s 2003 accelerated tax cuts did in the remaining years of his presidency, a five-year period when the unemployment rate fell well below 6%, and tax revenues rose by hundreds of billions of dollars, cutting the budget deficit in half, according to government revenue and budget deficit statistics. ...
    Mitch Kokai, April 28, 2011
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    Those crazy extremists pushing for a fiscally sound budget

    An unsigned National Review brief focuses on the response to U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan‘s budget plan: The fights over the continuing resolutions to fund the government through the end of September were just skirmishes. Ryan’s budget begins a battle that will continue through the 2012 elections.
    Mitch Kokai, April 27, 2011
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    Good information for our governor

    Read Don Carrington’s lead Carolina Journal Online article about the dubious concept of “job-years,” and you’ll find this quote from Gov. Beverly Perdue: “You know, what I’m aware of on rail is that the money would help us do what we need to do in this…
    Mitch Kokai, April 27, 2011
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    Steyn questions Congress’ willingness to push for real cuts

    In his latest “Happy Warrior” column for National Review, Mark Steyn offers some sobering data about federal fiscal problems: The government of the United States is currently borrowing about $4 billion a day. The Republicans recently secured an alleged landmark victory over Democrats that cut 38-point-something…
    Mitch Kokai, April 27, 2011
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    Barbour’s decision prompts Barone to survey the GOP presidential field

    Pundits have been dissecting the news of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s decision not to run for president next year. One pundit, the Washington Examiner‘s Michael Barone, takes aim at his counterparts and colleagues’ reactions: Some of it is nonsense. I read someone earlier this…
    Mitch Kokai, April 27, 2011
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    Bullies, Thugs, and Federal Government

    In an alarming and inconceivable move this week, the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is attempting to remove a CEO from office. The latest move builds on Eliot Spitzer’s persecution of Hank Greenberg at AIG, the administration’s revolving door atop…
    Nicole Fisher, April 26, 2011