Yet Another Reason for DC Statehood: Government Shutdown

By: Tuesday September 24, 2013 11:49 am

The threat of a possible government shutdown highlights yet another reason why it should be a national embarrassment that DC hasn’t yet been made a state. If Congress doesn’t get its act together basic government services in the city of Washington will need to be shut down even though the district has its own tax [...]

Many Americans Don’t Understand the Debt Limit

By: Thursday September 19, 2013 9:53 am

The new Washington Post/ABC poll depressingly demonstrates that many Americans don’t understand the debt limit. It finds almost half the country doesn’t want to raise it. From the Washington Post: Overall, the public is split almost evenly over whether the debt ceiling should be raised, with 46 percent saying yes and 43¬†percent saying no. But [...]

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 [...]

The NSA’s Defense Gets Even More Pathetic

By: Friday August 9, 2013 9:26 am

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 [...]

$250 Million Is a Relatively Cheap Price for Influence

By: 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 [...]

Larry Summers: It Is Good That America Didn’t Adopt Single-Payer in the 70′s

By: 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 [...]

The Stupid Design of the Sequester Might Have Made It Easier for GOP to Embrace

By: 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 [...]

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 [...]

Obama’s Name Instantly Polarizes Issues

By: 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 [...]

Obama Considering Using More Executive Orders in Second Term

By: 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.