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    Obama to Lead on Climate Change, but Only Through Back Door

    During his 2013 inaugural address, President Obama told Americans that the United States “will respond to the threat of climate change” and will take the lead for other countries to follow suit. This commitment is a willful rejection of reality. Congress has been unwilling to enact legislation to unilaterally address … More

    Obama's Radicalism Revealed

    It’s only Day 3 and the Obama Administration already feels old and tired. Year in and year out, the President keeps saying the same things. Over and over again. By this point, we’re tempted to simply tune him out. But that would be a mistake. From the very beginning, President … More

    Obama Inauguration Speech: Ignoring Problems Does Not Make Them Go Away

    Not to rain on President Obama’s parade, but the world is a dangerous place. America cannot afford to place “hope” above reality when it comes to its foreign policy. Although the U.S. faces many overseas challenges, there was barely any mention in President Obama’s inauguration speech of what America’s role … More

    Obama Inauguration Speech: More Transportation “Investment”

    President Obama hinted toward at least one aspect of his second-term agenda during yesterday’s inaugural address: more transportation “investment.” No surprise there. Obama’s past budget requests, State of the Union speeches, and the American Jobs Act of 2011 plan have all been peppered with calls for increased federal spending on … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Second Inaugural Address, Translated

    Members of Congress—who are about to debate raising the debt ceiling tomorrow—should have paid attention yesterday. The President was very clear that he sees no urgency about reducing the debt and cutting the deficit. In fact, in his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama was honest about his intentions to … More

    On an Earlier Election Day…

    If the final polls are to be believed, the 2012 election will be decided by a narrow margin. But despite a seemingly endless string of negative ads, this year’s contest is nowhere near as contentious as the one that ended 152 years ago today. On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln … More

    Five Memorable Inaugural Moments

    Today marks the anniversary of the first ever Presidential Inaugural Address under the Constitution. Let’s look at five that stand out. April 30, 1789, George Washington’s First Inaugural:  Neither the Constitution nor Congress required Washington to deliver an inaugural. But Washington set the bar high for his successors. The only … More

    Back to the Thirties

    While he spoke about moving forward, and promised change as we look toward the future, in fact President Obama’s inaugural address was firmly entrenched in discredited policies of the past; policies that never worked. For example: “Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest … More

    Morning Bell: Where Are the 'Hard Choices'?

    Just like all his other speeches, President Barack Obama’s inaugural address delivered lofty rhetoric yesterday, but as is often the case with Obama, the speech provided more heat than light when it came to tough issues. Seeking to set a tone of accountability, Obama said: Our economy is badly weakened, a … More