After enduring a seemingly endless barrage of negativism, hypocrisy and dishonesty from the Republican presidential candidates in their debates, it was refreshing to hear President Obama deliver a positive, optimistic and reasonable speech to the nation as his first term nears an end and his re-election campaign begins in earnest. In his State of the [...]

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This week was busy from the perspective of presidential politics. On Wednesday, the Republicans held a candidates’ debate, followed on Thursday by President Obama’s address to Congress, and the nation, on jobs. The contrast could not have been starker. The eight candidates participating in the debate were Rick Santorium, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, [...]

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This week was busy from the perspective of presidential politics. On Wednesday, the Republicans held a candidates’ debate, followed on Thursday by President Obama’s address to Congress, and the nation, on jobs. The contrast could not have been starker. The eight candidates participating in the debate were Rick Santorium, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, [...]

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You knew it was going to be something big when President Obama called a hastily arranged news conference on Friday evening. And it was, for the President announced, with barely bridled anger that debt-ceiling negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner had fallen apart at a critical moment. It was good to see the President’s hackles [...]

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Keynes? Who? Too Hard! Give Me Kanye Instead!

April 29, 2011 | Comments Off

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The battle lines have been drawn in Washington with House approval of the Ryan budget plan. Republicans are declaring that huge budget cuts and the elimination/ decimation of key programs are the way to restore America’s “path to prosperity.” They are taking advantage of a sluggishly recovering economy, anti-government sentiment and racist feelings on the [...]

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In a stinging rebuke of the GOP budget proposal presented last week by Congressman Paul Ryan, President Obama yesterday presented his plan that would cut $4 trillion from the deficit over 12 years while upholding the “American belief that we are all connected” and the “conviction that each one of us deserves some basic measure [...]

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President Obama’s second State of the Union Address wasn’t a particularly exciting or inspirational speech, but it accomplished what it had to.  It was a practical summary of where we are and what lies ahead for the country.  The tone of the speech was subdued, rightfully reflecting the mood of the country after the Arizona [...]

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President Obama spoke last night to a nation, still grieving from last Saturday’s tragic shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona that left six dead and 14 wounded.  The target of the attack, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was meeting with her constituents when a gunman opened fire.  Rep. Giffords remains in critical condition but the President was able [...]

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Post-Election: Where Do We Go From Here?

November 7, 2010 | Comments Off

So the mid-term elections are over and the large Democratic losses in Congress have occurred as predicted.  Mid-term losses for the incumbent party are not an uncommon phenomenon in recent history, so it is not exactly as if the world is ending for President Obama and the Democrats. Nevertheless, it is quite a come down [...]

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In the wake of yesterday’s electoral debacle it may be easy for some liberals to attack President Obama and blame him for the Democrats’ losses.  The next writer tries very hard to make a convincing case of just that. There is no doubt that the President has made mistakes.  He could have pushed harder and [...]

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Obama Fails to Lead—Drags Democrats to Defeat

November 3, 2010 | Comments Off

November of 2008 was indeed a time for hope. A new leader emerged who we believed would be transformational. But two years later we find ourselves with a bitter emptiness. The leader who we believed would enable us to finally confront our nation’s challenges has only been successful at being reduced to yet another in [...]

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Ever since Barack Obama ‘s chat with Joe the Plumber on the campaign trail in 2008, Republicans and conservatives have been howling that Obama is a “socialist” who wants to “redistribute the wealth.” Obama explained to Joe Wurzelbacher that 95% of Americans would get a tax cut under his plan and that only those making [...]

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