Obama Is Still Lying About the NSA

By: Friday August 16, 2013 9:23 am

President Obama’s latest defense of the NSA, like his previous defenses, is simply not true. Last Friday Obama claimed the NSA has not abused its power. From his speech on the NSA: And if you look at the reports — even the disclosures that Mr. Snowden has put forward — all the stories that have [...]

Obama Proves Snowden’s Point

By: Friday August 9, 2013 12:59 pm

Edward Snowden leaked information about the reach and depth of NSA spying programs because he believed the American people and the world would oppose these intrusions if they know about them. These are not the policies that would emerge if they came from an open, informed and fair debate. They can only emerge from a [...]

Tax Repatriation to Pay for One Time Investment in Infrastructure

By: Tuesday July 30, 2013 12:02 pm

In the simplest terms possible, it appears that President Obama’s new proposed “grand bargain for middle-class workers” is to use a corporate tax repatriation to pay for a one time boost in infrastructure spending. As best as I can glean from the limited details in his speech and fact sheet, this is the true heart [...]

Less a Pivot and More a Campaign-Style Reminder

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 11:40 am

Today President Obama delivered the speech which is supposed to begin yet another one of his “pivots” to the economy, but it came across more as a campaign-style reminder. Much of the speech was focused on Obama patting himself on the back for what he has already done for the economy, like passing student loan [...]

Partisans are only Concerned about Government Surveillance When the Other Side is in Charge

By: Tuesday June 18, 2013 6:52 am

Apparently, the only way to get many self-identified Democrats or Republicans concerned about government surveillance is to put their opposing party in the White House. There has been a truly shocking reversal of opinions on this issue from the Bush administration to the Obama administration. From Pew: While it may seem stupid, it is still [...]

Obama Accidentally Makes the Case That His Surveillance Programs Are Unjustifiably Sweeping

By: Monday June 10, 2013 7:47 am

I thought one of the most interesting but mostly overlooked parts of President Obama’s defense of his government surveillance programs was when he talked about how he would probably be targeted once he becomes a private citizen. From Obama: And by the way, with respect to my concerns about privacy issues, I will leave this [...]

Words Are Cheap, Actions Matter

By: Friday May 24, 2013 8:36 am

While President Obama’s national security speech yesterday was full of positive rhetorical flourishes, it remains one of the strangest presidential speeches I have ever listened to. For large sections it seemed as if the speech was delivered by a critic of the Obama administration instead of by the individual responsible for its policy decisions himself. [...]

Obama Is the Driving Force Behind Cutting Your Social Security

By: Friday April 5, 2013 7:43 am

If it wasn’t already abundantly clear there is now more proof President Obama really really really wants to cut Social Security benefits for current retirees. Obama will include the chained-CPI, which is a yearly and continuously growing cut to your Social Security benefits, in his budget. From Politico: President Barack Obama will make another run [...]

Summer Camp Trust Fall Exercises Won’t Fix Washington

By: Friday March 1, 2013 12:51 pm

I’m very glad that during the President’s press conference on the sequester Jessica Yellin asked, “Couldn’t you just have them down here and refuse to let them leave the room until you have a deal?” because it encapsulates this idiotic strand of thinking which is currently very popular among many pundits. There seems to be [...]

The GOP’s Possible Path on the Sequester

By: Friday March 1, 2013 9:56 am

The most important development in President Obama’s press conference today is that he didn’t issue a veto threat against a continuing resolution that would integrate the size of the sequester cuts into new baseline spending levels. While Obama’s answer to the question was very cagey, he did not definitively reject the idea. This gives Republicans a rather [...]