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Why Obama's Cool Reaction to December Job Numbers is Telling

“It’s morning again in America.” That was the signature line from President Ronald Reagan’s famous campaign ad during his 1984 reelection bid. The message was perfect in its simplicity – that Reagan’s conservative policies had brought American out of the darkest depths of a recession and into the light of a new day.   The fact is, the strength of the economy is generally the first thing a president will cite in his reelection bid. Which brings us to a curious situation. Friday’s job numbers seemed to be the strongest evidence yet that the economy is gaining steam. And yet,…

Sebelius Ignores Higher Premiums, Defends Obamacare's "Cost Saving" Provisions

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been doing her best recently to make the case that the Affordable Care Act is, well, making care affordable. The problem is, it hasn’t, a fact which somewhat complicates Sebelius task. Nevertheless, she gives it the good ol’ college try in a Washington Post op-ed last Thursday. The article, entitled “The Affordable Care Act, helping Americans curb health care costs,” explains a very real problem and gives three very bogus solutions contained in Obamacare. “The rising cost of health insurance coverage has imposed a heavy burden on our nation,” Sebelius rightly states….

In Race for Second Term Obama Prioritizes Politics Over Constitution

It was another bad week for the Constitution. Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution states: “He Shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate; shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme court, and all other Officers of the United States . . . The president shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by…

Mayan Prophecy or Not, Democrats are Spending Like There's No Tomorrow

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine. Or so said R.E.M. At least they had the courtesy to turn their apocalyptic predictions into a catchy tune. Unfortunately, we weren’t so lucky in 2011, when Harold Camping incorrectly predicted (twice, we might add) the end of the world based on his flawed reading of the Bible. But if you grew weary of 2011’s doomsday talk, brace yourself for 2012, the year the Mayan’s famed calendar runs out. Heck, Hollywood was so excited about this particular end-of-the-world prediction that they already made a movie entitled…

Top 5 Under-Covered Stories of 2011

Thomas Jefferson once said, “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing, but newspapers.” And although that view may be a tad extreme, a healthy distrust of the mainstream media is required in this day and age. Reporters, who at one time reveled in their unbiased recitation of the facts, now do more to make the news than to break the news. As a result it’s often difficult to separate fact from fiction, hard to determine whether the story reflects the reality, and nearly impossible to learn of things the news simply…

After Dispiriting Year in Washington, Reasons for Optimism in 2012

The ball has dropped, the last verses of Auld Lang Syne have been sung, the last hint of smoke from the fireworks has drifted to nothing, and party favors litter the floor. Another year is in the books. And frankly it was one many of us would as soon forget. A year when Congressional Democrats likened spending money to saving the world; the national debt topping the $16 trillion dollar mark; the US credit rating downgraded after the debt limit debate yielded no substantial reforms; and President Obama abandoning any notion of governing, opting instead to focus on his reelection….

Obama Campaign Woos Small Donors, Obama Himself Enjoys Multi-Million Dollar Vacation

“The billion-dollar campaign.” That’s what political pundits have been calling President Obama’s reelection campaign. “It’s definitely within reach, as he raised three quarters of a billion last time. As the incumbent president it’s quite plausible to imagine him raising $1 billion,” CFI Executive Director Michael Malbin told Reuters last year. Unnamed Democratic Party officials agreed, telling the Wall Street Journal that Obama would have to get an early start to establish himself as a formidable candidate in a race expected to cost $1 billion. The figure has become an established marker of success for the 2012 campaign; if he raises…

Top 10 Democratic Blunders of 2011

After two years of controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, Democrats took a significant hit in November 2010. Americans, tired of the nonstop spending and lack of economic progress, gave Republicans some unprecedented victories heading into the 2011 year. And while the GOPers have made significant strides in applying the brakes to an out of control federal government, that hasn’t stopped Democrats from stirring up trouble. Here’s our list of the Top 10 Democratic Blunders of 2011: 10. Pelosi Running For and Winning Minority Leader. After leading her party to historic losses in the 2010 election, losing…

Top 10 Dumb Democrat Quotes of 2011

It hasn’t exactly been a banner year for Washington. The latest Gallup poll asking people’s views of different industry’s found that the federal government comes in at dead last. In fact, more people had positive views of the airline industry (29%), the legal field (35%), banking (30%), even the oil industry (20%) than they did of Washington (17%). It’s a tough institution to love when you have Democrats controlling the Senate, stopping every single piece of House-passed jobs legislation from seeing the light of day. Sure, it’s frustrating having to deal with such intransigence. But it also provides some (unintentional)…

Washington's New Year's Resolution? Go on a Diet

We can all breathe a sigh of relief. Our representatives in Washington are home for the holidays until late January, giving Americans a brief respite from the comedy of horrors perpetuated by the government’s incessant tinkering and spending. Fortunately or unfortunately, they’ll be back in town. The question is, what should they do when they get back? I can hear you screaming through your screen: “NOTHING.” And I agree. With Democrats in the Senate and the White House, “doing” usually means “spending,” and even then, all that money rarely does much lasting good for the economy. Nevertheless, the people do…