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  • A Tale of Two Gushers: Oil and Spending

    Washington’s runaway gusher of spending makes the Deepwater Horizon disaster look small and simple to stop. Congress is debating another irresponsible round of extra spending (although they refuse to call it “son of stimulus”) before they take a Memorial Day break.  The measure would add an estimated $84-billion (or perhaps … More

    Insiders Cash In, Consumers Pay Under New Energy Bill

    Major players in Washington cheered the latest version of an energy bill, which tries to buy votes with “something for almost everyone.”  But beleaguered consumers will get stuck with skyrocketing bills after others feast on new government benefits. We can expect any new “green jobs” to be offset by a … More

    Obama Plan Blows Secret Kisses to Wall Street

    Somebody spilled the beans Tuesday, telling the truth about the financial reform bill being debated in Congress. But most media ignored it. Rather than being the targets of this bill, Wall Street financiers will be rewarded by it. The chairman of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, told a Senate subcommittee, “The … More

    Obama's Great Health Care Bait-and-Switch

    It’s called “bait-and-switch”–the sales tactic of conning customers into believing they’re getting a good product, but then delivering shoddy goods instead. America, we’ve been conned. Government actuaries—the official bean counters for national health care—just released the bad news from analyzing how President Obama’s new law affects medical costs and insurance. … More

    Health Care Fight Is The True March Madness

    The public doesn’t trust Washington politicians—and those politicians don’t trust each other. Those two truths could doom President Obama’s health care bill even if it weren’t an unaffordable behemoth. The final health debate merges multiple story lines into one, just as March Madness does for an assortment of college basketball … More

    Home Court Advantage Didn't Help Obama

    President Obama used his health care summit to give his side every advantage possible. Whenever opponents spoke, he got to respond. By appointing himself the moderator, Obama gave himself the first word, the last word, and the most words. Overall, Obama gave Democrats over twice as much speaking time as … More

    SOTU: A View From Inside The Chamber

    Throughout his long speech, President Obama never acknowledged that Americans have been sending him a message or that he had bothered to listen. Instead, the sole fault he acknowledged was that “I take blame for not explaining it [his agenda] more clearly.” He still believes the problem is that people … More

    Obama Hopes to Change the Subject

    Trying to move the political spotlight away from the new Senator from Massachusetts and the resultant chaos enveloping health care legislation, President Obama’s team can resort to a time-honored Washington strategy: Change the subject. By setting his nationally-televised State of the Union speech for next week, President Obama is following … More

    What Terrorism, Job Losses, and Health Care Have in Common

    There are links between terrorist attacks, job losses, and the health care legislation that is being completed behind closed doors: 1) A massive failed bureaucracy didn’t protect Flight 253 from a would-be bomber, so why expect that an even-larger bureaucracy can protect our health? 2)With 10% unemployment and 85,000 more … More

    Fourth Quarter Blackout

    Imagine watching the biggest game of the year—the Super Bowl—only to have the broadcast cut off as the fourth quarter begins. The same outrage should apply to President Obama’s broken promise to have C-SPAN televise the entirety of health care negotiations. Just as we reach the crucial moment–the final resolution … More