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 [...]

GOP Would Receive Only Slightly More Blame if Sequester Happens

By: Tuesday February 26, 2013 8:36 am

President Obama’s national campaign to blame the Republicans for the sequester cuts taking place has only partly succeeded so far. A new Washington Post poll finds 44 percent of voters would blame the Congressional Republicans more for failing to reach a deal while only 34 would blame Obama more. An additional 14 percent would blame [...]

It’s Time for MoveOn to Move and Stop Blocking Change

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 2:33 pm

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) task force received ample attention from news and activist organizations alike following its dramatic announcement at last year’s State of the Union Address. The task force was supposed to investigate and prosecute Wall Street fraud that led to the housing bubble and the eventual collapse [...]

Obama Defeated the Debt Limit Monster He Foolishly Helped Create

By: Friday January 25, 2013 9:55 am

Now that the House has passed the three month suspense of the debt limit, it is safe to say President Obama won this standoff. The original Republican position was that any debt limit increase had to be accompanied by spending cuts. Obama said he would not negotiate this time and wanted a debt limit increase [...]

President Obama Should Pardon, Not Imprison CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou

By: Friday January 18, 2013 12:52 pm

President Obama has opposed waterboarding as torture since the 2008 campaign – so why is he sending the man who helped shed light on that practice to prison? Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who helped expose the Bush administration’s torture program, recently plead guilty to sharing the name of a colleague to journalists to use [...]