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61 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…

62 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…

63 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…

64 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…

65 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…

66 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…

67 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…

68 Australia Might Not Even Exist Without U.S. “Guns on the Ground”

“90% of white ppl are nasty.  #HATE THEM” That was the racist April 29 tweet of James Edwards.  Today, Edwards sits in a jail cell, charged with first-degree murder in the wanton shooting of Australian Chris Lane this week in Duncan, Oklahoma.  To date, Barack Obama has yet to interrupt a round of golf to proclaim as he…

69 For Obama Analogies, Look Deeper than Carter

There was a time early in Barack Obama’s first term when armchair analysts thought they had an analogy all worked out for the new president. Obama, by this telling, was the second coming of Jimmy Carter, another figure swept from relative obscurity to the commanding heights of the presidency in a short period. Like Carter, Obama is an unrepentant…

70 Obama Gripped by Intellectual Exhaustion

There are certain surefire signs that you’re losing in politics. Foremost among them: You spend a lot of time talking about the difficulty you’re having with “communications issues.” When politicians see their popularity decline, they like to tell themselves they just haven’t packaged their ideas correctly; that they just…

71 Why Character Still Matters

In economics, they call it the principal-agent problem. When someone else is entrusted with carrying out a task for you – say an employee, a financial advisor, or even a doctor – how do you get him to act in your best interest rather than his? The more complicated the responsibility, the more difficult it is to monitor the behavior. In…

72 Obama Ties Nixon for Lowest Public Approval at This Point in Presidency

In 2008, Barack Obama immodestly cited Ronald Reagan as the type of “transformative” president he intended to become.  “Ronald Reagan,” he said, “changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not, that Bill Clinton did not.”  Bold words, but what’s equally notable is that Obama…

73 After Zimmerman: In Defense of “Stand Your Ground” Laws

Since its earliest days, the Obama administration has been guided by the mantra, “never let a crisis go to waste.” At the time, the phrase helped explain why President Barack Obama and his advisors used the economic crisis he inherited to ram through a costly and completely unrelated overhaul of the nation’s health care system. Now…

74 The Next President: Who Best Compensates for Obama’s Failings?

The American electorate has a reliable propensity to behave like a spurned lover. Just as a heartbroken individual is prone to search out precisely the traits their previous partner lacked, Americans disappointed by (or, in some cases, simply bored of) their outgoing president tend to look for candidates who compensate for their predecessor’s…

75 Obama NSA Files Revealed [Satire]

After pledging a new era of transparency, the Obama Administration has been rocked by a string of scandals involving government secrecy and malfeasance, with the most recent being the revelation that the National Security Agency has been collecting information on the telephone calls and Internet usage of private citizens. In order to live up to its…

76 In Media Probe, Holder Violated DOJ Rules

It looks like the First Amendment isn’t the only stricture Eric Holder violated when he targeted Fox News reporter James Rosen for unprecedented secret surveillance. According to official Department of Justice guidelines, the Attorney General failed to apply federally required rules explicitly designed to protect members of the media from government…

77 Congress Has the Right – Perhaps the Duty – To Impeach Eric Holder

As House Republicans ramp up their investigations into the Obama administration’s growing number of scandals, no one should be quick to dismiss the possibility that impeachment might be the only way to reassert accountability in the executive branch. That should include GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who told a closed door meeting of House Republicans…

78 Background Checks, Anyone? IRS, AP and Fox Scandals Confirm Potential for Bureaucratic Injustice

The dovetailing IRS, AP and Fox News scandals expose the shockingly routine contempt that federal bureaucrats show toward Americans’ Constitutional rights.  By what logic then, applying each day’s new revelations, would we choose to grant even more government discretion over those rights?  When it comes to the Second Amendment…

79 Fast and Furious: Who Is Dennis Burke?

With three big scandals enveloping the Obama White House simultaneously, and multiple other outrages already shunted aside, it is hard to remember that a fourth major scandal still remains not only unresolved but actually updated just this week. The scandal concerns the Fast and Furious gun-running operation, and observers were reminded again this…

80 Death in Benghazi, Dishonor in Washington

Liberals, whose faith is the state and whose catechism consists of vapid slogans, have grown fond in recent years of declaiming that, “Government is simply the name for the things we do together.” If you’re playing along at home, please note that list now includes being improperly audited, being secretly surveilled and being left…

81 Obamite Thuggery Has Long History

It was Michael Barone who first wrote that Barack Obama was a practitioner of “gangster government.” Barone was right. The plethora of scandals now engulfing the administration, combined with all sort of prior scandals that a lapdog media largely ignored, show that this regime is thuggish beyond repair. As they say in the game of bridge…

82 Hillary 2016: Another Benghazi Casualty

Well, we’ve finally settled on that elusive Clinton Doctrine:  “We leave our diplomats and soldiers behind.”  Or, alternatively, “What difference does it make?!”  Unfortunately for Clinton, it translates to a potentially devastating blow to whatever 2016 presidential aspirations she had.  Hillary…

83 National Academy of Sciences Appoints Itself… Copyright Authority?

When seeking expert opinion on matters of science, engineering or medicine, does one consult… musicians?  No disrespect intended toward Thomas Dolby, who gifted the world with “She Blinded Me with Science,” but probably not.  In similar vein, when seeking expert opinion on music business models, the entertainment industry…

84 Poll: Favorability of States Rise While Feds Fall to Historic Low

With politicians in Washington, D.C., refusing to tackle the most important problems facing Americans, a new poll shows a widening gap between how the public feels toward different levels of government. The results are not surprising. When asked whether they hold a favorable view toward separate levels of government, a nationwide survey of Americans…

85 Amid Police Layoffs and Budget Shortfalls, 2nd Amendment Looms Even More Vital

In February, we highlighted how citizens across Mexico increasingly understand the value of the right to keep and bear arms.  With authorities unable or unwilling to protect them from epidemic criminal terror, it was the only remaining option.  And it worked.  “We brought order back to a place where there had been chaos,&rdquo…

86 Barack Obama’s America

Barack Obama’s America is a place where the president’s daughters can vacation on the taxpayers’ dime in the Caribbean and twice at ski resorts, all within three months, plus attend ritzy private schools, while poor black children at horribly failing schools in the District of Columbia have their “opportunity scholarships&rdquo…

87 Sequestering Easter Egg Roll Just Latest White House Scare Tactic

The politics of the budget sequester have taken some childish turns, but few as revealing as the White House threat to cancel the 135th Easter Egg Roll.  Consider this sequence of events. In mid-March the White House emailed Members of Congress alerting them to the possibility that the annual Easter Egg Roll might be cancelled at the last minute…

88 Labor Nominee Puts Landrieu in Quandary

Louisiana’s Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu may be in an awkward position due to President Obama’s nomination of Thomas Perez to be Secretary of Labor. As head of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DoJ), Perez has been a notorious despoiler of police and fire departments, and/or of the cities those departments…

89 Gun Control Could Kill Senate’s Democratic Majority

What gives Congress the power to think it can treat the Second Amendment like a second-class right? That was the essential question hanging over a tense exchange between U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) over the latter’s proposed assault weapons ban. Here is a transcript of the tussle in the Senate Judiciary Committee…

90 IG Report Shows Viper’s Den at Justice Department

The lead two sentences in a Tuesday afternoon Politico story got it right: “A scathing new report exposing bitter divisions and racial hostility at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is certain to complicate the confirmation process for Tom Perez, who currently heads the unit and is expected to be President Barack Obama…

 
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