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Archive for July, 2009

Light At The End Of The Tunnel ? Or, An Oncoming Train ?

by @ Friday, July 31st, 2009. Filed under Credit Crisis, Economics, Politics

The last day of the month brings what looks like good news for the economy: The U.S. economy shrank at a more subdued pace this spring, the government said Friday morning, as the steep downdraft of the winter gave way to a more orderly contraction. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity, fell […]

Only 42% Of Republicans Believe Obama Is A Legitimate President

by @ Friday, July 31st, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Obama Derangement Syndrome, Politics

Ben Smith has the results of a Research 2000 poll that are, quite honestly, shocking: A new Research 2000 poll, sponsored by the site DailyKos, finds broad traction among Republican voters for the belief that President Obama was not born in the United States. The survey of American adults asked, “Do you believe that Barack […]

Whatever Happened To Card Check ?

by @ Friday, July 31st, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Democrats, Politics

It was a big part of the Democratic platform in 2008, and opposition to it was a big part of the Republican platform that year, but today’s Wall Street Journal reports that it looks unlikely that card check will pass this year: Chances that Congress will vote on a union-organizing bill this year are dimming […]

Ron Paul: What Is Ben Bernanke Afraid Of ?

by @ Friday, July 31st, 2009. Filed under Economics, Politics, Ron Paul

Ron Paul spoke about H.R. 1207 on the House floor yesterday, and asked the same question I did the other day; why is Ben Bernanke so afraid of a Fed Audit ?

Those Pesky Freshmen

by @ Friday, July 31st, 2009. Filed under Congress, Democrats, Politics

Today’s New York Times has an interesting article about the role that the 35 Democrats freshman Members of Congress are having on the direction of the agenda on Capitol Hill: WASHINGTON — It took Representative Dan Maffei of New York two tries, $4 million and the retirement of a Republican incumbent to win his House […]

Is This The Future Face Of The GOP ?

by @ Friday, July 31st, 2009. Filed under Politics, Republicans

Reason’s Michael Moynihan talks about Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan: I was asked recently by a radio host to name a Republican qualified to be “leader of the party.” The pickings are slim, but there are a few exceptionally bright, market-oriented contenders out there. So I plugged, with appropriate obsequiousness, the always impressive Wisconsin Rep. Paul […]

Lemonade ? You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me

by @ Thursday, July 30th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, In The News, Politics

The President’s Beer Summit even brought the prohibitionists out of the dustbin of history: Representatives of Pray at the Pump (more about them shortly) and the pastor of Rising Sun Baptist Church of Baltimore plan to picket the White House today, asking President Barack Obama to change his choice of beverage when he meets today […]

The White House Beer Bash

by @ Thursday, July 30th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, In The News, Politics

So, yea, well this happened: Two weeks after a noted black scholar accused a white police sergeant of racial profiling for arresting him at his home near Harvard University, the men hoisted mugs of beer Thursday evening at the White House with President Obama and Vice President Biden. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. and Cambridge […]

Talk Back To A Cop, Get Yourself Arrested

by @ Thursday, July 30th, 2009. Filed under In The News, Individual Liberty, Politics, U.S. Constitution

That’s the lesson that one attorney in Washington, D.C. learned last weekend: Pepin Tuma, 33, was walking with two friends along Washington’s hip U Street corridor around midnight Saturday, complaining about how Gates had been rousted from his home for not showing a proper amount of deference to a cop. “We’d been talking about it […]

Obama’s Approval Numbers Continue Downward

by @ Thursday, July 30th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Politics

As July draws to a close, the polls aren’t looking any better for President Obama as he hits new lows in three separate polls. First, the Rasmussen Approval Polls shows Obama at a low of 48%: The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 28% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve […]

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