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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…

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…