The NSA’s desperate attempts to justify their incredibly expensive and massively invasive programs are starting to sound really pathetic. Apparently one of the few real “successes” the NSA can point to is catching a guy sending a few thousand dollars to Somalia, which was only indirectly related to terrorism. From the Washington Post: He was a [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 6, 2013 7:11 am|
I don’t know why Jeff Bezos decided to personally buy the Washington Post. If the plan was to just make money then it seems like a bad investment. Most papers are suffering from declining circulation, falling revenues and increased online competition. Even if Bezos turns it around, it is hard to see any newspaper becoming [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 15, 2013 7:01 am|
In an op-ed about gridlock former Obama adviser Larry Summers actually said it was a good thing the United States didn’t adopt a universal single-payer health care system decades ago. From Summers’s op-ed: There were probably too few checks and balances as the United States entered the Vietnam and Iraq wars. There should have been [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 6, 2013 10:25 am|
Most Americans support the basic idea of a five percent across the board cut in federal spending, which is effectively what the sequester is. According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, 61 percent support a 5 percent cut in overall federal spending, while only 33 percent oppose the idea. Not surprisingly, after the leaders [...]
|By: Jon Walker 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 [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday February 12, 2013 9:10 am|
There are many benefits to the bully pulpit. The President can easily bring attention to a previously obscure issue and move it to the center of debate in Washington. As the de facto leader of a party, the President can also significantly sway the opinions of his base on a range of issues. A big [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday February 11, 2013 9:02 am|
Faced with a Republican controlled House and only a long shot chance of Democrats taking the chamber in 2014, President Obama is thinking about more aggressively using executive orders in his second term.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday January 3, 2013 9:44 am|
Today, from Hawaii President Obama used an autopen to sign into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which is the legislation to advert the fiscal cliff. From the Washington Post: The hard-fought legislation that allowed the United States to avoid the “fiscal cliff” was signed into law Wednesday by “autopen,” the White House said, less than [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday December 18, 2012 7:08 am|
This proposal to switch Social Security to the chained CPI is deeply unpopular with the regular Americans according to a new Washington Post poll.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 28, 2012 7:46 am|
By greater than a two-to-one margin, voters overwhelmingly oppose increasing the Medicare retirement age from 65 to 67, according to a new Washington Post poll. The poll found 67 percent of registered voters oppose raising the Medicare retirement age while just 30 percent of voters support the idea. On the other hand, 60 percent of voters support raising taxes on the rich.