Dawn With Doris

Dawn With Doris

Do we really have to look at Doris Kearns Goodwin on Meet the Press so early in the...

Mr. P and Wounded Puppies

Mr. P and Wounded Puppies

The latest from Ramesh Ponnuru on the National Review blog: “Paleos make highly...

Iowa GOP Debate: It’s All About Foreign Policy

Iowa GOP Debate: It’s All About Foreign Policy

More on the Iowa follies: On Barack Obama’s plan to bomb and/or invade Pakistan:...

Brain Science and Morality

Brain Science and Morality

In the NY Times, the always provocative Steven Pinker has an extended, very interesting...

Paul-blogging (I)

Paul-blogging (I)

The exclusion of Ron Paul by Fox News has created what can only be called an anti-Fox...

Dr. No Goes Negative

Dr. No Goes Negative

The real Ron Paul breakthrough I’ve been waiting for is this news item in the...

A Non-Hypothetical Answer

A Non-Hypothetical Answer

Zimbabwe is a disaster area, ruled by a Marxist dictator whose murderous tendencies...

Politics

Bipartisan Generational Theft

Bipartisan Generational Theft

When President Obama, the Democrats and only three Republicans succeeded in passing a $787 billion dollar stimulus package last week, Arizona Senator John McCain said "This measure is not bipartisan, it contains much that is not stimulative and is nothing short of generational theft." McCain is not wrong. But it’s the first time - in a very long time - that he’s been right. Replied New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to McCain’s criticism of the stimulus package "We know that the arguments about debt and generational theft ring hollow because you didn't make those arguments once in the last eight years when the deficit ballooned because of spending on the Iraq war and spending on tax cuts largely for the highest income people in America." Setting aside his class warfare, Democrat cliché’s, Schumer is not wrong either. What we are seeing in Republican opposition to this latest stimulus package is a complete reversal by leaders that have long been comfortable with massive debt, or “generational theft,” so long as their president and their party were doing the spending.

Politics

Will the Surge Work?

Will the Surge Work?

Chastising opposition to his economic stimulus bill last week, President Obama said Republicans "come to the table with the same tired arguments and worn ideas that helped to create this crisis." Americans, he said, "did not vote for the false theories of the past, and they didn't vote for phony arguments and petty politics." When arguing what’s best for America, sound bites seem to always overshadow the big picture. When the Bush military surge in Iraq was successful in temporarily stabilizing the country, Republicans campaigned as if the war was won. The creation of a democratic Iraq was closer than ever, said Republicans, criticizing Democrats who had tried to obstruct their efforts. When it was pointed out that the Middle East was more unstable today than when Saddam Hussein was in power, that the invasion of Iraq had dramatically increased the Al-Quada threat and their numbers, that temporarily quelling a civil war between Sunni and Shia had absolutely nothing to do with any War on Terror and that countless lives and billions of dollars later, the U.S. had paid an astronomical price for little reward, Republicans had only one response – “the surge worked.” But what if the economy improves after Obama’s stimulus package is implemented? Will Republicans be faced with similar declarations by Democrats, who will claim that their economic "surge worked" while ignoring the larger, catastrophic picture?

Manhunt

A Debate About Nothing

A Debate About Nothing

Jim, let me just make a point. I’ve got a bracelet, too… ~Barack Obama This...

The AIPAC Spy Trial—Justice Delayed, And Likely Denied

The AIPAC Spy Trial—Justice Delayed, And Likely Denied

While the AIPAC spy case may never make it to court—the defense, which is the best...

Battle Flag No, Festivus Yes!

Battle Flag No, Festivus Yes!

My old friend Rod Dreher recently opined on Belief.net that it was inappropriate for...

Goodbye to Politics

Goodbye to Politics

Well, then. Now we know. It’s nice to know what percentage of my fellow citizens of New...

Olmert Drops the Mask

Olmert Drops the Mask

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently rejected overtures by Hamas for discussions about a...

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