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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…

Obama Rolls Snake Eyes With Green Gambles

“We need to deploy American assets, innovation, and technology so that we can safely and responsibly develop more energy here at home and be a leader in the global energy economy.” – The White House’s “Securing American Energy” Plan As it turns out, that statement requires a little decoding. Deploy = Redistribute American assets = Taxpayer dollars Safely and responsibly develop = Deter the development of oil and natural gas Develop = Subsidize More energy = Favored “green” energy technologies Once you figure out the cipher, the statement reads: “We need to redistribute taxpayer dollars so that we can deter…

Yes Virginia, Job Creators do Matter

Do job creators matter? The average American is likely screaming “YES!” of course we need job creators. In case you hadn’t noticed we’re kind of struggling here and the more jobs the better. But believe it or not this is actually a question that economists are debating. One of liberals’ top idea-men, Paul Krugman, suggests the answer is no. In a new column for the New York Times, Krugman argues that conservatives’ “deap-seated believe that the 1 percent, by working harder, are doing the 99 percent a big favor, creating jobs and raising income” is a big pile of hooey….

Kagan's Past Undermines Her Ability to Judge Obamacare Impartially

President Obama took the stage on Wednesday to offer this year’s Thanksgiving turkey pardon. And with a mere wave of his hand, Obama gave two turkeys, named Liberty and Courage, a reprieve from sitting next to the mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce on someone’s Thanksgiving dinner plate. It will take more than a hand gesture to save President Obama’s signature accomplishment – the health care reform bill better known as Obamacare. In fact, it will take a majority of the sitting Justices of the Supreme Court, which recently agreed to take up the case following several conflicting decisions by federal…

Obama's Leadership Deficit to Blame for Lack of Deficit Solutions

While President Obama was travelling through Hawaii saying Americans had been “a little bit lazy,” he was taking a similarly lackadaisical stance toward the impending failure of the Deficit Supercommittee. Could it be any clearer that presidential politics has trumped good policy yet again? The Supercommittee should have been a priority for our President. After all, the only reason it existed in the first place was his willingness to put party before principle. Let’s not forget that Obama and Speaker Boehner reached a tentative agreement that would have cut $3 trillion over the next decade. Everything was done except to…

Is Child Care Next to Get the Obamacare Treatment?

Wondering what business Democrats plan on nationalizing next? Well, wonder no more. In an interview last week with the Washington Post, Pelosi outlined her plan for what Democrats would do should she be reelected Speaker of the House (shudder). “One of the great pieces of unfinished business is high-quality child care; I wonder why we just can’t do that,” Pelosi said. That’s why, “doing for child care what we did for health care reform” will be at the top of her to-do list. In her explanation as to why she wants to put millions of sixteen-year-old girls out of work,…

Dems’ Unwillingness to Budge On Taxes Causes Supercommittee Failure

Government debt currently stands at a staggering $15 trillion. Even more troubling, over the next 10 years the CBO projects that Washington will rack up another $13 trillion. Set against that backdrop, finding $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade shouldn’t have been difficult. Nevertheless, the so-called Deficit Supercommittee has failed to do just that. In a joint-statement by co-chairs Rep. Hensarling (R-TX) and Sen. Murray (D-WA), they came to the conclusion that a deal would not be done before tonight’s deadline. “We have come to the conclusion today that it will not be possible to make any…

Growing Wealth Gap Between Young and Old Reveals Failure of Obama's Policies

In just under one year from today, Americans will head to the polls for what could be the most important election of our lifetimes. Oddly enough, that is exactly what people said about the 2008 elections. At that time, the housing market was in a downward spiral and the economy was clearly headed downhill. A little-known Illinois Senator came out of nowhere with a message of hope, promising to get rid of business as usual and fundamentally change a broken Washington. He won. And it was in large part due to the historic turnout of young adults who saw in…