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Chuck Hagel Unveils Both a Budget and Why He Was Nominated

Former U.S. Senator Hagel walks past U.S. President Obama after being nominated to be Defense Secretary at the White House in Washington

Last year, when President Obama nominated Republican Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, there were actually quite a few people in the media who suggested that he did so in the interest of bipartisanship. Reid J. Epstein of The Politico even went as far as writing that the decision “appeals to Obama’s bipartisan spirit.” I…

Advice to the GOP: Narrow it Down and Draw Some Emotion

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I’ve long been arguing that conservatives are generally right on principle, but tend not to be that smart when it comes to politics. Conversely, I believe that liberals are generally wrong on (or lacking in) principle, but tend to be pretty shrewd politicians. One doesn’t have to look hard to find proof of this. We…

New Democratic Platform: Taxpayer Subsidized Non-Productivity

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Last week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office announced that the Affordable Care Act would likely reduce the number of full-time workers in the United States by the equivalent of 2.3 million. What’s their reasoning? Simply put, the law’s taxpayer-subsidies will give workers less of a reason to work. Under Obamacare, Americans who earn up to…

The Most Telling Moment of the O’Reilly/Obama Interview

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I largely agree with Bernie Goldberg’s assessment of Bill O’Reilly’s interview with President Obama on Superbowl Sunday. It was pretty uneventful. News wasn’t made, important questions went unanswered, and there just wasn’t a lot of value for most viewers to gain from it. As someone who has a deeper interest in politics and the media…

MSNBC Twitterer Fired for Race Baiting; Chris Matthews Still Employed‏

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On Wednesday night, conservatives honed in on offensive tweet that appeared on MSNBC’s official Twitter feed. The full tweet read, “Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/biracial family.” The comment was in reference to a new television commercial for Cheerios entitled “Gracie” that features…

Obama’s Legacy: Selling Us on Fluff in the Face of Crisis

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On January 20, 2009 (the day Barack Obama was sworn into office) the country was in pretty rough shape. We were in the depths of the Great Recession. Millions of Americans were losing their jobs, companies were shutting down left and right, the stock market was tanking, 12.5% of Americans were living in poverty, and…

A “Thank You” Campaign for the U.S. Taxpayer

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Last week, I was watching Vice President Joe Biden on television speaking in Detroit to leaders of the American auto industry. There at the North American International Auto Show, he hailed the success of the bailouts both General Motors and Chrysler received in 2009. The debate will likely never be settled as to whether or…

The Perpetual Class Warfare Campaign

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As the Obama administration and the Democratic Party prepare once again to campaign on the “issue” of income inequality (this time for the 2014 midterm elections), the irony of their efforts is impossible to ignore. After all, President Obama has been peddling the class warfare rhetoric since before he ever took office. You would think…