They Just Hate Rich People
If the debate over the tax deal between President Obama and congressional Republicans has shown anything, it is that the American Left really hates the rich.
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Romney's Chronic Health-Care Problem
They haven’t even finished counting 2010 midterm ballots (New York’s 1st congressional district is still undecided), but already potential Republican candidates are testing the presidential waters for 2012. Among the early frontrunners will be former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
The GOP’s Budget Cowardice
The draft proposal offered last week by the chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform was only the first shot in what is expected to be a very long war over how to eliminate the federal deficit ...
Ten Takeaways from the Big Night
Having won a nearly unprecedented electoral victory, Republicans now find themselves in the position of the proverbial dog that caught the car, wondering what they should do next. Here are ten modest suggestions.
1. It’s the Economy, Stupid. The top ...
A Better Way than the VA?
If you listen to Democratic campaign ads in Colorado, Nevada, or Delaware, among other places, you will discover yet another perfidious plot by evil Republicans — they want to “privatize the VA.”
Which makes one respond, “This is a horrible thing ...
Re: Regarding the War on Earmarks
Kathryn gives Eric Cantor the benefit of the doubt on earmarks. As someone who has been misquoted by the press myself, I’m more than willing to believe that the “merit” remark was Politico’s interpretation, not what Cantor actually ...
Democrats: The Constitution Is ‘Weird’
When Republican candidate Christine O’Donnell told Delaware voters that the Constitution, rather than her personal views, would guide her votes in the Senate, one might have expected a variety of responses from the Left — perhaps a huge sigh of ...
On the old Mary Tyler Moore Show, pompous anchorman Ted Baxter once ran for the Minneapolis City Council. After his not-unexpected drubbing, he gave a concession speech in which he proclaimed, “The voters have spoken, and if that’s what ...
In November, It’s Democrats vs. Obamacare
When Obamacare finally passed the House, 34 Democrats voted no. Thirty-one of those Democrats are now running for reelection, and, not surprisingly, many of them are highlighting their opposition to the bill.
Some, such as Jason Altmire in Pennsylvania, Bobby Bright ...
Conservatives and Social Security
My good friend Andrew Biggs has forgotten more about Social Security than I will ever know. But at the risk of punching way above my weight-class, permit a couple of quibbles with his column this morning.
First, I do agree ...
So, President Obama believes that Republican leaders are “pushing to make privatizing Social Security a key part of their legislative agenda if they win a majority in Congress this fall.”
To which one responds, “If only!”
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The Missouri Vote: Even Worse for Dems than It Looks
There will be a lot written today about Missouri voters’ overwhelming approval of Proposition C, a repudiation of Obamacare’s individual mandate. But the results may be even more devastating for the Democrats than initially thought.
According to preliminary results, ...
The crystal ball is still far too cloudy to predict whether or not Obamacare will pass, but it is not too soon to make some predictions about what the future will look like if it does pass.
The bill will ...
From the howls of outrage greeting the report of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, one would think that they had slashed government to the bone, throwing the elderly, poor, and sick into the street.
The commission “...
On Welfare, an Unlikely Voice of Reason
It was largely lost amid the glut of post-election news, but last week an important political figure called for a major cutback in social-welfare benefits. In doing so, he denounced welfare as a program that created “a cycle of generational ...
Since it has become virtually impossible for Democrats and their allies to avoid acknowledging that they have received a “shellacking,” to use President Obama’s phrase, they have now settled on a new theme: Republicans may have won, but they ...
Although the polls are still in flux, it looks increasingly likely that Republicans will win a big victory next Tuesday. But that doesn’t mean that Americans have fallen in love with them.
In fact, even as voters prepare to ...
Keeping the Poor in Poverty
In his autobiography, former British prime minister Tony Blair recounts the political epiphany that caused him to break with the old-style class-warfare–based Labour Party that he had grown up with. “In a sense they wanted to celebrate the working ...
The GOP Must Fight Earmarks
It has become almost a cliché for Republican candidates to admit that their party “lost its way” on spending and the size of government during the Bush era. But with the GOP poised to retake the House and possibly even ...
Extremist Thrives in Primary Fight
You may have missed it amid all the hullabaloo surrounding Delaware, but there was another important primary last Tuesday.
The incumbent was a moderate, a pragmatist, someone who could reach across the aisle to work with those who were not ...
In my column this morning, I criticized Rep. Mike Castle for being one of a handful of Republicans who had not signed a discharge petition to force a vote on repealing Obamacare. Congressman Castle’s staff has informed me that ...
At first glance, it seemed a silly headline even by the standards of MSNBC: “Can the GOP Survive a Tea Party Takeover?”
Of course, the story was yet another in the narrative that has been eagerly embraced by both the ...
The Deficit Is a Symptom, Spending Is the Disease
Sometime in the next week or so, the U.S. national debt will exceed $13.4 trillion.
To put that in perspective: If you earned $1 every second, it would take you 425,000 years to earn enough money to pay off that debt. And ...
Memo to Republicans:
Riding a record of unprecedented government spending, rising debt, a government takeover of the health-care system, high unemployment, and proposals to tax everything they stumble across, Democrats have put themselves in position for an epic electoral defeat that will rival ...
It's Big Government, Stupid!
Saying No Is Not Nihilism
It was shortly after Rand Paul won the GOP Senate primary in Kentucky, and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell was mystified. Why would anyone want to be a senator, she wondered, if he opposed most government programs? “After all,” she mused, “...