A Return to Bush-Style Deal Making

By: Tuesday July 30, 2013 8:25 am

Say what you will about George W. Bush, he at least understood the best way to get a “yes” in the often paralyzed Congress was to simply give people what they wanted most. He would give conservatives lower taxes, he would sometimes try to give Democrats increased spending on programs, and he would give corporations [...]

Bush’s Greatest Sin Was Telling America to Be Afraid

By: Friday April 26, 2013 7:35 am

Since everyone is using the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential library to reflect on his tenure, I thought I would share what I believe is truly the greatest of his many sins. Bush told us to be afraid. If FDR’s presidency could be summed up with his famous line “we have nothing to [...]

Pretending Reconciliation Doesn’t Exist

By: Monday March 12, 2012 9:39 am

The one defense of President Obama I’ve found most annoying is the argument that Obama “only” had the largest Democratic majority in Congress in a generation for a short period, so it would be unreasonable to expect too much from him given Republican opposition. The latest example of this defense comes from Kevin Drum: So [...]

The Age of Polarization

By: Friday January 27, 2012 9:45 am

President Obama came into office promising a new age of cooperation and an end to partisan division. That promise has been an absolute and complete failure. According to Gallup Obama has been a historically polarizing figure in his three years in office, with a massive gap between his support from Republican and Democrats. By a [...]

Andrew Sullivan Believes Obama Even Deserves Credit for Things Obama Opposes

By: Monday January 16, 2012 1:02 pm

Andrew Sullivan attempts to mount a defense of President Obama’s record from the standpoint of achieving liberal objectives.   But on some key items, he gets the President’s record and positions wrong, even backwards. Sullivan starts by declaring that Obama’s critics from both the left and right are unhinged from reality.  He then goes on [...]

That Giant Sucking Sound

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 9:03 am

That giant sucking sound you hear today is the sound of jobs being outsourced as President Obama signs into law three free trade deals; South Korea, Colombia and Panama. According to the Economic Policy Institute, passing the Korea Free Trade deal will likely cost this country 159,000 jobs. The three trade deals remain basically unchanged [...]

Defense Sec. Gates Wants Generals to Watch The Princess Bride

By: Friday February 25, 2011 3:02 pm

It sounds like Robert Gates thinks American foreign policy strategists need to watch the classic movie The Princess Bride. From the New York Times: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates bluntly told an audience of West Point cadets on Friday that it would be unwise for the United States to ever fight another war like Iraq [...]

In Tax Deal with GOP, Obama Didn’t Win as Many Concessions as Advertised

By: Friday December 10, 2010 1:59 pm

President Obama seems remarkably proud of himself for the many “concessions” he won from Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as part of their deal to extend all the Bush tax cuts for two years. The administration has really tried to spin the “success” of this deal by claiming Obama got $238 billion in spending while the [...]

Eight Predictions About Obama’s Tax Cut Deal

By: Tuesday December 7, 2010 12:27 pm

Now that President Obama has reach a “compromise” with the Republicans on tax cuts for the rich — which are even more generous to the ultra-wealthy than any George W. Bush passed — it’s time for predictions.

When it Comes to Taxing the Rich, President Obama Makes George W. Bush Look Like Bernie Sanders

By: Monday December 6, 2010 6:30 pm

When President Obama ran for office, I was foolish enough to believe he would end the extremely low tax rates on the rich, given that it was one of his most-repeated campaign promises, and one of the four points of his campaign’s fiscal plan. I had hoped he would begin to make our tax code [...]