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The Fourth Best President in History Goes Missing in Payroll Tax Debate

President Obama is pretty high on himself, even if the rest of the country is not. In a recent interview with ’60 Minutes’ Obama was asked what he considered to be his major accomplishments. His answer was, shall we say, less than that of a humble leader. “The issue here is not gonna be a list of accomplishments. As you said yourself, Steve, you know, I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president – with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R, and Lincoln . . .” Sorry, Harry Truman, you’re foreign…

Obama’s High Speed Rail Turns Into “Hell on Wheels”

AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” is one of my favorite new television series of the fall. It chronicles the construction of the transcontinental railroad through the American West. The pilot had one of my favorite exchanges, between Thomas Durant, a businessman and investor responsible for building the railroad, and one of his foremen responsible for planning the construction: Durant: Why have you made my road so…straight? What I was thinking was something more like (draws an exaggerated S-shape across the land). Foreman: But we’re building over flat land. Why wouldn’t we make it straight? Durant: “Let me elucidate! In case you…

Spending Cuts in Omnibus Bill Show GOP Progress in Fiscal Debate

As Christmas nears and families prepare to sit down to a big turkey dinner, Washington had its own, slightly less tasty feast last week. “This bill is a crap sandwich!,” said Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ). “I hoped that this bill would include far more cuts, greater reforms, and more regulatory relief. I’m disappointed that it does not! It does however inch us forward towards our ultimate goal of fiscal sanity. And although that may taste better than the sugar coated satan sandwich that came out of the debt limit debate, it was still tough to take a bite. Or as…

No Longer the Teflon Man Among Youths, Obama's Mistakes Take Their Toll

Babe Ruth is a baseball legend. He remains one of but a handful of players who are synonymous with the game of baseball. And yet, would society put up with him if he played today? The question reminds me of a story I once read about the Babe. A writer for the New York Times named John Drebinger was riding, as most reporters did at the time, on the same train as the Yankees. As he sat in the car playing bridge with a few colleagues a commotion breaks out. The back door of the car suddenly flies open and…

#OccupyCPAC – Join us in DC!

Friends! The 39th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is returning to DC on February 9-11, 2012. The College Republican National Committee is proud to participate in the largest annual gathering of conservatives in the U.S. We encourage each of you to join us in a campaign to #OccupyCPAC and show this country there is a new generation of committed & energized Conservatives ready to take action in 2012. Student registration costs just $35 for the 3 day conference – an 80% discount off the general admission price! Grab your tickets before January 1st and you will be entered for…

House Passes Payroll Tax Cut Extension, Clock Ticking for Democrats to Act

Eight days ago President Obama urged Congress to extend a payroll tax cut for middle class families and unemployment benefits before the end of the year. “A year ago at this time, both parties came together to cut payroll taxes for the typical American family by about $1,000,” Obama said. “But as soon as this year ends, so does that tax cut. If Congress fails to renew this tax cut before then, that same family will see a tax hike of about $1,000 a year.” Of course he also attempted to preemptively blame Republicans for failing to extend the tax…

Obama Concedes, Fixing Economy "Probably Takes More Than One President"

In a recent 60 Minutes interview President Obama was asked if he overpromised when selling his economic policies impact or underestimated how difficult it would be to fix the economy. “I didn’t overpromise. And I didn’t underestimate how tough this was gonna be,” Obama said. “I always believed this was a long term project. . . It was gonna take more than a year. It was gonna take more than two years. It was gonna take more than one term. Probably takes more than one president.” Oh really? Because we seem to remember a certain 2009 interview when, in a…

Osawatomie Reveals Obama Has Fully Forgotten His Concern Over Deficits

“Here, finally, is the Barack Obama many of us thought we had elected in 2008.” – Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton To many liberals that might have been true. They finally found their champion to ensure the equality of outcomes (not, as Obama would have you believe, the equality of opportunity) that comes from central economic planning. “Of course, those productive investments cost money,” Obama said. “They’re not free. And so we’ve also paid for these investments by asking everybody to pay their fair share.” But is that the President Obama that the rest of us elected?…

Obama's Green-Car Gambit the Latest Stimulus Failure

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is one of my absolute favorite holiday movies. Rare is the Christmas movie that is funny without being childish and sentimental without being saccharine. In one of my favorite scenes, Clark, who wants nothing more than to have an old fashioned family Christmas, finally gets the piece of mail he’s been literally going crazy over. It was supposed to be his year-end bonus, the money he desperately needed to afford the down-payment for a pool he had already made. Instead of a check, Clark opens the envelope to find that it’s a membership to the Jelly…

NLRB Strong Arm Tactics Work, Deal Blow to Free Markets

What started with a bang ended with a whimper as the National Labor Relations Board officially dropped its case against Boeing on Friday. Sadly, it can hardly be considered a win for free market conservatives. The suit was dropped only after Boeing reached a deal with the Machinists Union to extend the contracts of workers for four years. ABC News reports: “If the deal is ratified by its members next week, the union said it would drop the unfair labor practice suit against Boeing that is currently pending before the National Labor Relations Board. . . ‘It secures a strong…