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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…

The Dangerous Rhetoric of Obama's Latest "Greatest Speech Ever"

“It was a masterpiece to go down in history along with Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” and Kennedy’s about his Catholicism,” the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristoff praising President Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” delivered in March, 2008 “The speech was amazing. From a perspective of delivery, it may have been the best speech every made by one of the great orators of all time.” – Editorial, Jacksonville Daily News, speaking of President Obama’s 2008 acceptance speech “I guarantee: they’ll be teaching this one in rhetoric classes. It was that good. My gloss won’t do it justice. Yes, I’m having a…

IMF Involvement in Euro Bailout Spells Heavy Costs for US Taxpayers

President Obama is known for being generous (with other people’s money). It’s little wonder then that he went all out on a gift for Europe. No doubt, it was a struggle to pick something out. After all, what do you get for a continent that needs everything? A bottle of wine? No, they’re pretty good at making that on their own. A Starbucks gift card? Meh, too generic. Oh I know, how about a $100 billion bailout! Although very little was heard about it at the time, Rep. Barney Frank slipped a provision into a war supplemental bill that gave…

Obamacare 'Bomb' Goes Off – Health Care Costs Set to Explode

Not many would cheer a bomb exploding. And why would they? Bombs are meant to destroy things. Their only positive purpose is to blow up something old, decrepit, or unused to make way for something better. Nevertheless, some liberals are cheering the weekend’s explosion of a “bomb” buried deep in Obamacare. In a widely read article for Forbes, Rick Ungar argues: “The provision of the law, called the medical loss ratio . . . is the true ‘bomb’ contained in Obamacare and the one item that will have more impact on the future of how medical care is paid for…

Decreasing Unemployment By Shrinking the Labor Force Isn't "Winning the Future"

Looking for a job? Here are some want ads I stumbled across this week: Greeting Card Merchandiser: “Needed part-time to service 1 store in Tooele, UT. Duties include replenishing, straightening, and tracking inventory of every-day and seasonal greeting cards and may include additional items such as gift-wrap and party supplies. Temporary Gift Boxing Associate: “Are you looking to make some extra $$$ for the holiday season?? Then please read on for an immediate opportunity: As a Gift Boxing associate you will: Work in a warehouse setting unwrapping boxes, Work efficiently to then wrap small boxes with holiday wrap, Prepare packages…

Republicans, Not Copy-Cat Democrats, Have the Right Idea on Payroll Tax Cuts

If you’ve spent much time in front of a TV recently, you’ve likely come to the same realization I have – originality is in short supply. If someone has a good idea, you can bet two other channels have tried to shamelessly copy it. I mean are Americans really clamoring for 87 (I couldn’t have less data to support that number, but it sounds about right) different singing competitions? How many “The Next [insert random profession] Star” shows can we stand? And did we really need two shows about people who make a living by selling junk out of abandoned…

Good Question. Christie to Obama: "What the Hell are We Paying You For?"

The Indianapolis Colts have been a modern-day football institution. In 2006 they became the first team in NFL history to begin the season with nine straight wins for two consecutive years. They also won the Super Bowl that year. In 2007 they finished 13-3, becoming the first NFL team with five consecutive seasons with twelve or more victories. In 2008 they extended the streak to six seasons. They were also the first team in 75 years to start three consecutive seasons 7-0.  In 2009, they won 22 consecutive regular seasons games, setting a new NFL record, and lost in the…

Despite Record Number of Visits, Swing States Still Cold to Obama

President Obama knows his chances for reelection lie in the so-called swing states – the states’ that aren’t considered a lock to vote red or blue in any given year. He also knows he’s facing an uphill battle in those states. The most recent Gallup poll of 12 crucial swing states found that voters believed that the Republican candidate would do a better job of handling all of the most important issues of the day. On the federal budget deficit and debt, voters preferred Republicans by a 54%-to-38% margin; on unemployment Republicans held a 7% advantage; and on health care…