GDP Report Confirms Our Commentary on Obama's Economic Record
In this week's Liberty Update, we highlight the falsity of the persistent claim that Barack Obama somehow prevented a great depression:
[T]he federal government's own economic data shows that Obama actually inherited an emerging recovery. The American economy was already rebounding before he even officially became president. What he has done is impose policies that have resulted in the slowest decade of economic growth in recorded U.S. history."
Yesterday's official report on first-quarter 2016 economic performance provided same-day confirmation. More specifically, the U.S. Commerce Department announced that gross domestic product (GDP), the basic metric by which the economy is measured and by which recessions and recoveries are defined, grew at a disturbing 0.5%. Not only is that…[more]
Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last month was a terrible loss for the U.S. Supreme Court and for the country. Scalia was one of the sharpest minds ever to sit on the High Court. And he was one of three reliably originalist votes on the court (the other two being Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito). His replacement, whomever it may be, will pale in comparison.
As a practical matter, however, Scalia’s death has thrown the court’s 2015-16 term into chaos.
Several cases that would have been split 5-4 with Scalia in the majority may well end up deadlocked at 4-4. In that event, the…
"Mr. Obama's efforts in Iraq today are the anti-Iraq surge. Whereas Mr. Bush in 2007 learned from his mistakes, Mr. Obama remains stubbornly committed to his failing approach. Whereas Mr. Bush listened to military leaders, Mr. Obama's favors inexperienced ideologues. Whereas Mr. Bush doubled-down to win in Iraq, Mr. Obama plays to run out the clock -- fueling a foolish narrative that the Islamic State…[more]