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The GOP Strategy is Working, Obama Backs Off Sequester Demands,

Republicans have done their best to stop Democrats from spending American into decline. At nearly every opportunity they went to the mat—at great political risk to themselves—to limit the size of government, and the hit to taxpayers’ wallets. They used every ounce of leverage at their disposal—from threatening to breach the debt ceiling to allowing the U.S. go over the fiscal cliff—to try and get Democrats to the negotiating table. It didn’t work. Republicans simply lacked the leverage (and the bully pulpit of the White House) and wound up being painted as partisan obstructionist. Following the fiscal cliff debate Republicans…

Data Dashes Democrats’ Dream of a “Permanent Progressive Majority”

Politicians and pundits have long predicted the demise of one party or the other. Yes, the myth of the “permanent majority” has become almost a self-parody. Inevitably, the supporters of whichever party happened to win an election will proclaim their now-invincible status against all future comers. And just as inevitably, they are proven wrong. Karl Rove’s boast in 2004, after Republicans had swept to power in the prior two elections, that the GOP had build a coalition “that would last for a generation,” was the most famous. That turned out not to be true. In 2006, Democrats gained majorities in…

With Obamacare Failing Will Democrats Push for Single Payer?

In 2009 President Obama went to Congress to speak to Congress about the need to overhaul health care. This was a pivotal moment for his Affordable Care Act, which came to be not-so-lovingly known as Obamacare. A moment that proved key to winning over those Democrats who wanted a plan more liberal than Obama thought he could achieve and some of those other “Blue Dog” Democrats who wanted something substantially more conservative. “We did not just come here to clean up crises,” Obama said. “We came to build a future. So tonight, I return to speak to all of you…

Bad News: The “Obama Effect” Could Be a Continual Drag on Economy

Elections are supposed to be uplifting moments. They signal a new era, a fresh start, and a time to unite around our shared values. This election was different. It didn’t feel like a new beginning. It felt like a tired retread. It didn’t feel unifying. It felt divisive. Is it any wonder then that such disappointment and discord is now expressing itself in the economy? As Ed Rogers writes for the Washington Post: “Commentators were quick to point out that the [GDP] drop wasn’t so terrible. In fact, there were some obvious reasons offered for the worrisome drop, although no…

Obama’s Deadly Disregard for Economy is Hurting Growth

American received a pretty grim view of the so-called economic recovery this week. The economy only added 157,000 jobs – not even enough to cover the number of new entrants to the workforce, much less reduce unemployment. Speaking of which, the unemployment rate went up by a tenth of a point to 7.9 percent, a level it has been at or near since September 2012. But the big kicker was the GDP report which showed that for the first time in nearly four years the economy shrunk. Not just grew at a smaller pace. Shrunk. As they are apt to…

Plummeting GDP Growth Shows Obama Must Focus on Economy

One of the most notable things about President Obama’s second Inaugural Address was the apparent choice not to discuss jobs or the economy. After innumerable “pivots” to refocus his agenda on economic growth, the president had either tacitly given up or declared victory. At the time we were unsure of which. A report issued today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis makes clear that Obama has apparently decided to stop trying. Neil Irwin of the Washington Post reports: “The U.S. economy contracted slightly in the final months of 2012, as defense spending plummeted and businesses depleted their inventories, in a…

Tax Hikes Stand in Way of Democrats’ Vision of Conquest

President Obama is on a mission. It’s an undertaking focused not around building a better society, but about destroying the Republican Party. “We’re expecting here, over the next 22 months, to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party,” House Speaker John Boehner said recently. “And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal – to just shove us into the dustbin of history.” Paul Ryan agrees. “My concern is the president may be more concerned with political ends, 2014, versus actually moving to the middle,” the Wisconsin representative said….

Court Gives Obama Lesson in Constitutional Law

President Obama has a history of playing fast and loose with the Constitution. His health care bill skirted the line of legality by coercing states to expand Medicaid (struck down) and mandating individuals to buy insurance (somehow upheld). His auto bailout illegally used TARP funds and subverted creditor rights to favor his union friends. And he used an unconstitutional interpretation of his power of Executive Privilege to hide the wrongdoing of Eric Holder in the Fast & Furious debacle. And now a federal court of appeals has ruled that Obama violated the Constitution in making appointments when the Senate was…

Democrats Finally Admit Their Budget Will Require Taxes to Rise, Rise, and Probably Rise Some More

House Republicans realized they were backed into a corner. Democrats control the Senate and the White House and were dead set on pushing the nation to the brink of default to ensure government spending would not be cut. It was a game that Democrats knew they could win; with the media on their side they could paint Republicans as extremist, blame any market disruptions on them and, in the end, get Republicans to cave. Rather than play the game, House Republicans started a new one…one they stand a chance of winning. The new strategy began last week when the House…

Solving the Entitlement Crisis Will Take Time, So Why Wait?

Over the past several years, under President Obama’s “leadership,” Washington has grown increasingly bad at the art of legislating. Last year’s debt limit fight was an utter debacle. President Obama and John Boehner went back and forth in negotiations that more closely resembled bare-knuckle boxing than back room dealmaking. The process, to say nothing of the policy, was such a disaster that S&P lowered America’s credit rating largely because of it. “The downgrade reflects our view that the effectiveness, stability and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened at a time of ongoing fiscal and economic challenges,” the…