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Is the GOP Too Conservative?

Is the GOP Too Conservative?

Does anyone really believe voters are now enamored with Barack Obama because they despise ...

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Got Roots?

Got Roots?

Does Barack Obama understand the people he leads? Do his aides? These may seem cheeky que...

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Mark Sanford, the Alternative Right, & Me

Mark Sanford, the Alternative Right, & Me

In my local role here in Charleston, South Carolina, as a personality for 1250 AM WTMA tal...

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Steadfast Sanford

Steadfast Sanford

In his article “€œWhy Mark Sanford Matters”€ Reihan Salam writes for Forbes Magazine: “Unlike John McCain or Mitt Romney, Sanford goes far beyond criticizing earmarks. In the face of a severe recession, he has refused to accept hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid. Recognizing that the military establishment represents an enormous slice of federal spending, Sanford has also declared that he opposes pre-emptive wars, like the invasion of Iraq. In short, Sanford is the real deal. He is the candidate Rush Limbaugh and countless others who embrace the cause of shrinking government have been waiting for.”€

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Lyndon Baines Obama

Lyndon Baines Obama

It was the winter of conservative discontent. Barry Goldwater had gotten only 38 percent ...

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Practical Mark Sanford

Practical Mark Sanford

Voted as “€œBest Conservative”€ by readers in the Charleston City Paper’s annual “€œBest of Charleston”€ issue, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was described as follows: “€œFacing budget deficits and high unemployment, Sanford has opposed the state legislature’s pet projects and the White House’s economic stimulus. The controversial governor’s logic may not be practical, but it is conservative.”€ In these tough economic times, accusing conservatives like Sanford of not being “€œpractical”€ for opposing massive spending has been a common liberal theme.

But unlike Bush, Obama and the majority of leaders from both their parties, Sanford is one of the few leaders who has been consistently practical on government spending.

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Pitchfork Time

Pitchfork Time

In his campaign and inaugural address, Barack Obama cast himself as a moderate man seeking...

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Crisis Mongering

Crisis Mongering

When President Bush sold the Iraq War to the American people, he claimed that refusing to act was unacceptable as the crisis of global terrorism required immediate action. Said Bush in 2002 “€œSome have argued we should wait – and that is an option. In my view, it is the riskiest of all options – because the longer we wait, the stronger and bolder Saddam Hussein will become.”€ Critics wailed that invading Iraq would result in a decades-long occupation, the exorbitant cost of which would be too high, plaguing this and future generations. To date, Bush’s critics have been proven right.

When President Obama sold his recent stimulus package to the American people, he claimed that refusing to act was unacceptable as the economic crisis required immediate action. Said Obama in January, “€œwe have to act and act now.”€ Critics wailed that the $787 billion stimulus package would result in a weaker long-term economy, and the exorbitant debt would plague this and future generations. Time will tell whether Obama’s critics are proven right.

What time has already told us is that so-called government “€œexperts,”€ who allegedly have some superior insight, often lead America hastily down disastrous paths under the auspices of averting some “€œcrisis”€ that coincidentally, always deserves immediate and drastic attention. Given their frequent colossal mistakes and gross miscalculations, Americans would be wise to look upon any current or future crisis-mongering with an inquisitive eye. And the drama and theatrics that accompany these crises should make Americans skeptical of their leaders”€™ true intentions.

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Bipartisan Generational Theft

Bipartisan Generational Theft

When President Obama, the Democrats and only three Republicans succeeded in passing a $787 billion dollar stimulus package last week, Arizona Senator John McCain said “This measure is not bipartisan, it contains much that is not stimulative and is nothing short of generational theft.”

McCain is not wrong. But it’s the first time – in a very long time – that he’s been right.

Replied New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to McCain’s criticism of the stimulus package “We know that the arguments about debt and generational theft ring hollow because you didn’t make those arguments once in the last eight years when the deficit ballooned because of spending on the Iraq war and spending on tax cuts largely for the highest income people in America.” Setting aside his class warfare, Democrat cliché’s, Schumer is not wrong either.

What we are seeing in Republican opposition to this latest stimulus package is a complete reversal by leaders that have long been comfortable with massive debt, or “€œgenerational theft,”€ so long as their president and their party were doing the spending.

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Will the Surge Work?

Will the Surge Work?

Chastising opposition to his economic stimulus bill last week, President Obama said Republicans “come to the table with the same tired arguments and worn ideas that helped to create this crisis.” Americans, he said, “did not vote for the false theories of the past, and they didn’t vote for phony arguments and petty politics.”

When arguing what’s best for America, sound bites seem to always overshadow the big picture. When the Bush military surge in Iraq was successful in temporarily stabilizing the country, Republicans campaigned as if the war was won. The creation of a democratic Iraq was closer than ever, said Republicans, criticizing Democrats who had tried to obstruct their efforts. When it was pointed out that the Middle East was more unstable today than when Saddam Hussein was in power, that the invasion of Iraq had dramatically increased the Al-Quada threat and their numbers, that temporarily quelling a civil war between Sunni and Shia had absolutely nothing to do with any War on Terror and that countless lives and billions of dollars later, the U.S. had paid an astronomical price for little reward, Republicans had only one response “€“ “€œthe surge worked.”€

But what if the economy improves after Obama’s stimulus package is implemented? Will Republicans be faced with similar declarations by Democrats, who will claim that their economic “surge worked” while ignoring the larger, catastrophic picture?

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Barack’s Bad Deal

Barack’s Bad Deal

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” sayeth Rahm. Opportunisti...

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And I thought Matt Yglesias was smart

And I thought Matt Yglesias was smart

At least I did until I read this quite terrible argument. Matt’s trying to argue tha...

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Ronald Wilson Obama

Ronald Wilson Obama

With a host of near 2 million gathered on the Mall to see him sworn in, Barack Obama deliv...

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The Woman Who Created Obama

The Woman Who Created Obama

Some people look at actress Jeri Ryan and see the former cover girl for Maxim and FHM. Som...