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Obamacare Media Blitz Will Cost Taxpayers $20 Million

Obamacare was supposed to be popular. It was supposed to be Democrats’ signature piece of legislation that would carry them into a permanent majority. It wasn’t. As it turned out all that was about as true as the unfounded claim that the law would somehow lower health care costs. So what do you do if you’re the Obama Administration? It’s an election year, and not only that, but it feels like a pivotal moment in national politics. You should be out touting your biggest legislative achievement and talking about all the good it has done. Instead, you’re stuck trying to…

New Graduates Earning Less, Owing More in Obama Economy

“Members of the Class of 2012, As a former secretary of labor and current professor, I feel I owe it to you to tell you the truth about the pieces of parchment you’re picking up today. You’re f*cked.” – Robert Reich Pretty strong words from President Clinton’s Labor Secretary, someone whom you would expect to give Obama a little rhetorical support in an election year. Nevertheless, I’ll give a slow clap for honesty. No matter how you slice it, it’s ugly out there for college graduates (to say nothing about those who don’t have a college degree). There are few…

Romney: Obama's Debt is "America's Nightmare Mortgage"

“I’m going to win.” Those were Obama’s words in a recent interview with ABC’s The View taped last week. It’s not the first time President Obama has unequivocally declared that he will secure a second term. In January ABC News’ Diane Sawyer asked him if he was going to win. Obama responded with a contrite, “Yes.” When asked how much he wanted it Obama responded “Badly. Because I think the country needs it.” While ‘badly’ may be the correct adjective to describe Obama’s feelings about reelection, it’s also a pretty apt description of how the president has handled his first…

Obama's Small-Ball Solutions No Match for America's Big Problems

Big problems demand big solutions. And there has been no bigger problem in the last few decades than the current recession. Unemployment remains sky high. To the extent that it is falling it is largely because frustrated job-seekers are dropping out of the labor force. The problem is even more acute for young adults who have borne the brunt of the employment losses during this recession. A recent review of government data by the Associated Press found that 53.6 percent of recent graduates – or roughly 1.5 million people – were either unemployed or underemployed. Just imagine how high those…

Taxmageddon Looms, Disaster Awaits Without Democrat Action

Disaster films were all the rage in the late 90s and early 2000s. You had Armageddon, Deep Impact, Volcano, Dante’s Peak, The Day After Tomorrow, Twister, and 2012, and that’s before we get into the awesome sub-genre of Sci-Fi channel gems like Swamp Volcano. Most of it was pure unintentional comedy. A comic mix of an utterly ridiculous plot, B-movie actors hamming it up, and best of all, an utter unawareness on the part of everyone involved that this is not exactly Oscar-bait. But since Obama has taken control, Washington has become a disaster that is harder and harder to…

California Continues to Try (and Fail) to Tax Their Way to Prosperity

When Eagles singer Don Henley was asked what his most famous song, Hotel California, was about he said it was “basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about.” As he sang it, the Hotel California is an amazing place with “mirrors on the ceiling” and “pink champagne on ice.” But ultimately it was a hotel that allowed you to “check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” Although the excess Henley sang about was personal: the biggest houses, the fastest cars,…

New Study Shows American Dream Fading Among America's Youth

The definition of the “American Dream” has changed over time. During the nation’s founding the term was wrapped up in the New World mystique in which everyone had the opportunity to own their own piece of land. In the 19th century, as the young nation was flooded by immigrants from Ireland, Germany, Italy, and other European nations, the notion was tied to the lack of a strict hierarchical society with an entrenched aristocracy. It was historian James Adams who popularized the phrase “American Dream” in the the 20th century. “But there has been also the American dream, that dream of…

Democrats New Doc-Fix Set to Cost Taxpayers Billions

The federal government is not very good at saving money. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that Washington doesn’t have the willpower to stop spending money. On occasion they try, but like an alcoholic who decides to take up a career as a bartender, the federal government always puts itself in situations that doom it to failure. The most prominent example is the annual doc-fix dance that drives Americans nuts each year. It all started back in the late 1990s when both parties agreed that Medicare spending was growing out of control (yes, this problem has been known for decades…

Obama "Sometimes Forgets" The Recesion – It Shows…

The media is doing their best to set up a stark contrast between the two presidential candidates. One, is being shown as the down-to-earth, even cool, candidate who understands the struggles of the everyman and does his best, despite numerous challenges, to help alleviate them. The other, is being portrayed as an elitist, who made his living destroying jobs and can’t get through a day without saying something that makes your Average Joe’s mouth drop in “I-can’t-believe-you-could-be-that-out-of-touch” amazement. The former of course is the liberal media’s beloved Obama (did you know he slow jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon!?!) the…

Paul Ryan Outlines the New "Compassionate Conservatism"

“Compassionate conservatism” is making a comeback. Those words may not excite Republicans who have come to view them as an artful cipher for the contradiction in terms known as “big government conservatism.” But it is absolutely necessary in a political culture that has allowed Democrats to use the terms “compassion” and “spending” synonymously. Sadly, compassionate conservatism gets a bad rap in today’s Republican circles because it became identified solely with the Medicare prescription drug benefit – a new, expensive entitlement created under George H.W. Bush. Although Medicare Part D may be the tangible result, it wasn’t the theoretical origin. In…