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61 Barack Obama and the Tyranny of False Choices

Barack Obama loves the rhetorical trope of the “false choice.” From his earliest days as a national figure, the president has repeatedly attempted to convey his intellectual superiority to ordinary politicians by announcing that some controversy of the day is being unnecessarily simplified.   Thus was there “a false choice between…

62 The “Equal Pay for Equal Work” Myth

I probably don’t have to tell you, dear reader, that Tuesday was “Equal Pay Day.” I assume that you gathered with your friends and family to commemorate the fundamental injustice of America, a nation where, as I’m sure you heard ad nauseam this week, women only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Perhaps you even…

63 Will the 2014 Election Yield a Republican Senate (Part 2)?

Last week, this column looked at the GOP’s prospects in the Senate races being held around the country this November. As we saw, the GOP is in a strong position to make serious inroads in the upper chamber. This week, we’ll pick up where we left off, with a consideration of the rest of the races not analyzed in last week’s piece.…

64 Attacks on Paul Ryan Show Liberals' True Character

The irony of Paul Ryan’s career is that he should be every liberal’s favorite conservative. On Medicare and Medicaid he accepts the premise that government has a role to play in providing access to medical care for the elderly and poor. Back in 2009, his ObamaCare alternative – the Patient’s Choice Act – used a similar…

65 Will the 2014 Election Yield a Republican Senate (Part 1)?

President Obama and Democrats in Washington are in trouble. With the economy still listless, America looking helpless abroad and ObamaCare increasingly looking like the biggest failed experiment in social engineering since Prohibition, it’s no surprise that the Left regards this fall’s midterm elections with dread. Of the 33 Senate seats…

66 The High Price of Michelle Obama’s Food Nannying

Stumping for her husband on the campaign trail in 2008, Michelle Obama told a crowd in Puerto Rico, “Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we're going to have to change our traditions, our history; we're going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” Little…

67 What Rand Paul Gets Right

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul feels a lot like a man who has met his moment. In the aftermath of the George W. Bush Administration, the Republican Party was beset with widespread fatigue and disappointment, with many conservatives believing that the party had abandoned its foundational beliefs in limited government. It was partially that sense of disquiet…

68 Problems at the Obama Library [Satire]

Barack Obama Presidential Center Chicago, IL January 17, 2016 Dear Supporter ~ We are pleased to announce that work is now underway in Chicago on the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum, an institution that will prove to be a stirring testimony to the legacy of our 44th President. As you know, we are reliant on your financial support for…

69 Whereas Obama Once Compared Himself to Reagan, Today It’s Nixon

Back in 2008, Barack Obama brashly aspired to a Reagan-like “transformative” presidency:  “I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that, you know, Richard Nixon did not, and in a way that Bill Clinton did not.  He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it. …

70 The State of the Union and the State of the Presidency

Back in 2008, one of the McCain campaign’s repeated attacks on Barack Obama was that he was more of a celebrity than a statesman. Based on the ratings for this week’s State of the Union address, the president ought to be glad that he chose Washington rather than Hollywood.  If this presidency was a television show, it would’ve…

71 Obama’s Unexceptionalism: U.S. Plummets from Economic Freedom Index Top 10 for First Time

Remember how Barack Obama, following his inauguration in 2009, infamously disparaged the concept of American exceptionalism?  “I believe in American exceptionalism,” he sarcastically said with his trademark self-satisfied smirk, “just as I suspect the Brits believe in British exceptionalism, and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism…

72 Conservatives, Moderates and a Dose of Political Prudence

The news earlier this week that Liz Cheney would abandon her pursuit of a U.S. Senate seat in Wyoming — a quest which found her launching a primary challenge to long-time Republican incumbent Mike Enzi — generated a predictable overreaction from members of the mainstream media. Salon’s Joan Walsh — a woman who is paid to be…

73 Gallup: Obama Has Driven Americans’ Fear of Government to Record High

How momentous and delicious a moment in history for libertarians and conservatives willing to indulge in schadenfreude – that German term for the joy derived from the misfortune of others.  Namely, to witness the mad holiday scramble among the Obama Administration and their liberal accomplices as ObamaCare collides like a slow-motion Hindenburg…

74 Obama’s Inequality Canard

If President Obama is to be believed — a dependent clause that collapses under its own weight — the single greatest malady afflicting the American economy is the plague of economic inequality. In a speech earlier this month, he labeled it “the defining challenge of our time,” the sort of cheap superlative at which this president…

75 Big Government, Eroding the Founders’ Design

Imagine for a moment if a modern politician wrote something like this: “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have…

76 Want to Reduce Corruption? Reduce the Size of Government

The worst thing that ever happened to the United States of America was dependable air conditioning and central heating. Sure, it’s made life hospitable for those who live in climates that are less than temperate, but it’s had this regrettable consequence:  It’s made it that much more tolerable to live in Washington, D.C. We&…

77 Fifty Years Later: JFK Conspiracy Theories Rightfully Erode

According to a new Gallup poll, the number of Americans who believe that the assassination of John F. Kennedy resulted from a conspiracy has declined to a low not seen since conspiracy theories began infecting the public arena in the late 1960s.  And according to Rasmussen, the public is now evenly split on the matter.  That is a positive…

78 Mr. Obama’s Utter Destructiveness

Oliver Cromwell was a nasty piece of work, but one of his most famous lines should be resurrected and aimed at Barack Obama. “Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!” If only The One would listen…. The reality is that Obama has been a plague on the American body politic since his first days in the…

79 Is Obama Even Interested in His Job Anymore?

The presidency is a trying job. We’ve all seen the iconic black and white photograph of John F. Kennedy leaning over his desk in the Oval Office, head bowed as if the weight of the world is literally upon his shoulders. Whatever the historical circumstances that precipitated that photograph, its real value is as a metaphor. As our current president…

80 Can Cuccinelli Continue?

The best news from Ken Cuccinelli’s hugely disappointing loss in Virginia’s gubernatorial contest yesterday is that Cuccinelli is now free to run for U.S. Senate against Mark Warner. Not that Cuccinelli will want to hear this now. He has a large family, and his day job as state attorney general will end in the new year, and he will need…

81 In Defense of American Exceptionalism

All you need to know about the political inclinations of film director Oliver Stone is the following: He’s currently busying himself by publicly advancing Vladimir Putin’s agenda. In September, Secretary of State John Kerry, in an attempt to emphasize American resolve against Bashar Al-Assad’s regime in Syria, said that the only…

82 Room on the Right for Middle Ground

In the wake of conservatives’ abject surrender in this month’s budget talks, the sniping between “moderates” and “Tea Partiers” has reached epic proportions. In public print (or cyber-print) and in private conversations and chat-rooms alike, it seems as if far more energy is expended politically cannibalizing each…

83 Obama’s Meanness Can Be Delayed

Sometimes it’s really hard to know where to begin. The sheer scope of the meanness, the petty viciousness, of Barack Obama and his minions is astonishing. So we all have read by now of the park ranger who said his superiors ordered his team to make the government shutdown as painful as possible for the public. We know about the park service…

84 In Televised Interview, Increasingly Desperate Obama Encourages Markets to Panic

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933:  “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”  Barack Obama, 2013:  “We are in trouble.”  An interesting thing occurred on Tuesday of this week, the first day of the federal government shutdown:  All three major U.S. market indexes went up, not down.  The Dow Jones…

85 Government Shutdown Reveals Extent of Federal Waste

You’d be surprised at how much government you’ll never miss. That seems to be the takeaway from this week’s partial shutdown of the federal government after Congress and the president were unable to come to an agreement on a continuing resolution to keep government’s doors open. First, let’s get some straw men out of…

86 Poll: Obama Has Driven Americans’ Confidence in Government to Record Low

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem.  Government is the problem.”  Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981  “The era of big government is over.”  Bill Clinton, January 27, 1996  “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.&rdquo…

87 Scenes from the Biden Administration [Satire]

October 10, 2016 – In the first debate of the 2016 presidential election, Democratic nominee Joseph Biden takes to the stage at Fordham University in New York City to debate Republican nominee Chris Christie. Initially facing long odds against prohibitive favorite Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, the incumbent Vice President won…

88 From “You Didn’t Build That!” to “I Didn’t Set a Red Line,” a Deepening Crisis of American Leadership

The rhetorical tic, “Let me be clear” infects nearly every statement that Barack Obama makes.  Yet then he turns around and disavows earlier statements in which he was abundantly clear.  This was Obama one year ago on August 20, 2012, when asked about Syria:  “I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement…

89 America’s Fascist Moment

In an age prone to political overstatement, words have a tendency to lose their currency. How many times in the 21st century have we heard words like “tyranny” or “totalitarian” thrown around in reference to the essentially stable world of American politics? When the rhetoric clearly outpaces the reality, such pronouncements…

90 MLK, Obama, Biden and the Miniaturization of Language

“WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…”  -The Declaration of Independence, 1776  “I still have a dream…  It is a dream deeply rooted…

 
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