A top operative for The Anchorman does his best Lionel Hutz, defending Romney’s recent ad that blatantly distorts the president’s words (Obama was mocking John McCain when he said, “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose”): “First of all, ads are propaganda by definition. We are in the persuasion business, the […]Read more "‘I’m Mitt Romney and I paid for this distortion’"
The biggest mistake of his presidency so far was failing to adopt the recommendations of his own fiscal commission. Had he done so the Republicans would’ve probably lined up in opposition and would’ve likely been held responsible for it by voters. But Obama punted on the Bowles-Simpson plan and the nation’s economic uncertainty drags on.Read more "Obama could’ve prevented this"
His 9-9-9 plan builds on the insight that one of the chief defects of the current tax code is its bias toward consumption over savings. But his plan’s peculiarities of design, substantive weaknesses, and political naïveté render it unworthy of conservative support. If rich people can get mad about their taxes being raised so can I. Cain […]Read more "The National Review on 9-9-9"
Just watched David Axelrod muddle through a series of tired platitudes and token solutions to the economic crisis. On one side we have unrealistic, often loony proposals and on the other, well, nothing. Nothing of consequence, anyway. At the end of the day, the president needs to pivot. No more kicking the can down the […]Read more "Is the Obama Administration really this feckless?"
Quagmire in Afghanistan. Check. Irresponsible fiscal policy. Check. Now Obama is threatening to veto any budget that includes additional cuts in defense spending. Some Islamic Marxist he turned out be. Obama supporter Andrew Sullivan sums it up well: If this is the president’s attitude toward the debt crisis, made so much worse by the recession, it […]Read more "The third Bush term, and a possible alternative"
Soon-to-be excommunicated conservative Ben Stein summons the ghost of Paul Tsongas. But this time it’s not just the Democrats wanting to play Santy Clause.Read more "Delaying the inevitable"
Shark attacks drop; expert cites ailing economy (via Andrew Sullivan)Read more "headline du jour"
Obama said the stimulus bill will create or save 4 million jobs. Perhaps he misspoke, but the distinction = 4 million jobs. The bill may lack earmarks, as Obama repeatedly boasted, but that doesn’t mean it’s pork-free. There are no “earmarks,” as they are usually defined, inserted by lawmakers in the bill. Still, some of the projects […]Read more "following up"
Obama should appoint Bill Bradley to run the treasury and forget about raising taxes. Not now, with a recession looming. Eliminate loopholes instead, as Bradley advocates. The very rich presently exploit those loopholes to pay little or no taxes. Just ask Warren Buffett.Read more "the bradley effect"
The New York mayor seriously considered a third-party candidacy last winter. Too bad he didn’t pursue it. Considering the current financial crisis, who do you think voters would turn to? The candidate with little experience, the one tethered to George Herbert Walker Hoover or the pragmatic innovator and self-made billionaire? Beyond his business acumen, Michael […]Read more "what if michael bloomberg had run?"
Even if Phil Gramm was right about the U.S. becoming a nation of whiners, how would he know? Think ‘ol Phil and his wife, lobbyists each, hang with the common folk? Rich guy Republican Fred Barnes, who just last year compared Bush to Lincoln, agrees with Gramm. Glad to see conservatives, from a comfortably safe […]Read more "new conservative strategy: contempt for the public"