For the record, I am not a terrorist, no matter what the mutant Janeane Garofalo says
This week's primary victories of Christine O'Donnell in Delaware and Joe DioGuardi in New York illustrate how the tea party is cleansing the Republican Party and installing true believers over professional politicians.
New York’s 13th Congressional District doesn’t always follow the rest of the trends within the rest of New York City.
Hired help might be hard to find nowadays—but not for Fidel Castro. Jack Benny had his Rochester. Louise Jefferson had her Florence. And Fidel Castro now has Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic magazine’s freshly-minted “Cuba-Expert.”
As the often heated, sometimes bitter debates that characterized the Constitutional Convention roared back and forth, month after month, throughout the long summer of 1787, Benjamin Franklin found himself gazing more and more at the painted image carved on the chair used by George Washington, who was presiding over the convention. Franklin couldn’t decide, he told those sitting around him, if the image of a shining orb was supposed to represent the dawn of a new day…or dusk, and darkness coming on the land.
A day after the national press corps proclaimed the death of the Republican party because Christine O'Donnell won the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Delaware, some really awful numbers came out showing why the geniuses in the Obama White House have got this all wrong.
I'm surely not the only one who notices the persistent efforts of the leftist establishment and certain establishment Republicans to portray mainstream conservatives, especially those inhabiting the tea party movement, as radicals and extremists.
“We are terrorizing ourselves.” So says Fawaz Gerges, professor at the London School of Economics.
All of the far-left and many shamefully from the establishment out-of-touch right who proudly inhabit glass houses bought with the hard-earned tax money of the American people, are eagerly casting stones at Delaware Tea Party victor Christine O'Donnell. Why?
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There's hope for America. I saw it this past weekend in Fairfield, Calif.
Maine’s 2nd Congressional District is shaping up to be something worth keeping a close eye on, as the incumbent Michael Michaud has made his mark on the state and Maine voters are growing weary of his partisan politics.
Economist Mark Zandi, who has served as an adviser to both President Obama and Senator John McCain, recently said that raising taxes on anyone in 2011 is “a gamble” that would increase the odds of the economy sliding back into a double-dip recession. No wonder Zandi opposes the tax hike Washington Democrats are about to administer. It is a high stakes wager we cannot afford to lose.
Former President George W. Bush left office with the lowest approval ratings since Richard Nixon. In reaction, for nearly two years President Barack Obama won easy applause by prefacing almost every speech on his economic policies with a "Bush did it" put-down.
In arguing against extending the Bush-era tax cuts for "the wealthy," President Obama claims the government can't afford to "borrow" the estimated $700 billion he says it will "cost government." What about the cost of tax increases for those earning the money?
Here's my first impression of the tea party movement: It's a rabidly right-wing phenomenon with a shaky grasp of history, a strain of intolerance and xenophobia, a paranoia about Barack Obama, and an unhealthy reverence for Fox News.
In the October issue of Vanity Fair now on newsstands, Michael Gross reverts to junior high school to issue gossip-girl digs at Sarah Palin. Next up in Vanity Fair: "Sarah Palin Super Stuck Up; Thinks She's All That."
Senate Democrats on Tuesday defeated an amendment offered by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) that would have rescinded a provision of the recently-passed health care legislation that will cripple American businesses and stifle job growth.
Karl Rove's message is clear in the wake of his losing battle to protect his establishment power: Anyone who dares to challenge the Good 'Ole Boys Club will be punished - even if it means handing a senate seat to a liberal democrat.
New Hampshire is one of the country’s smaller states, but it carries a tremendous amount of weight in the arena of U.S. politics. Earning its title every year as one of the key indicators of the mood of the country, all eyes focus on New Hampshire during primary season. And with the current Democrat, Paul Hodes, looking for a new job in the U.S. Senate, this open seat is a solid opportunity for a GOP pickup.
It has been almost 50 years since Milton Friedman, Nobel economist, released his classic, Capitalism and Freedom. The book has slowly slipped from my course syllabus, not to mention that of the political elite. And why not? What Friedman said is now obvious.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is just the latest creepy keeper of the Obamacare enemies list.
Though it is hard to fathom today, given that Jimmy Carter is one of the dullest personalities in American public life (and ranks high on the all-time dull list for carbon-based life forms generally), there was a time when he was seen as a deeply charismatic figure.
Will Barack Obama feel the temptation to enhance his claim to presidential greatness by transforming himself into an aggressive war leader?
The struggle for Turkey's political soul continues -- and Turkey's self-proclaimed moderate Islamists are winning.
There's a big difference between free enterprise and crony capitalism. One fosters competition to serve consumer demands but the other feeds off taxpayers and exploits privileged access to Washington's political class for private gain and protection from competitors.
Whether to take benefits at 62 or at full retirement age or even later is something everyone should consider.
President Obama’s debt commission met this summer and painted a bleak picture of the national budget.
Since being elected to represent California's 20th Congressional District in 2004, Jim Costa has proven to be little more than a placeholder for his liberal party leader from San Francisco.
If Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned last week that our rising national debt "poses a national security threat," should President Barack Obama or anyone in his administration be suggesting any economic plan that would increase it in any way?
Sometimes, when people get emotional while discussing radical Islam, they tend to paint Muslims with far too broad a brush.
One of the most common self-assessments of the left is that conservatives rarely see nuances in moral questions, while liberals always do.
When a diminutive Florida "preacher" threatened to burn a copy of the Koran on the anniversary of 9-11 it had an international impact for one reason.
While the line between legitimate and illegitimate taxes was clear in colonists’ minds, it should be equally clear that the revolution was not simply over tax legitimacy. Americans did not just hate taxes in theory, but in practice. The empire had many advantages for America, particularly in trade and defense. Still the cost of the accompanying taxes was too much.
We have heard more angry attacks on Americans from the so-called peaceful Muslim world for the mere mention that a Koran might be burned than we have ever heard from them in condemning their fellow Muslims for perpetrating terrorist attacks on behalf of their religion.
Democrat Jim Marshall has been sitting comfortably in his middle Georgia congressional seat since 2003. As he seeks re-election for a 5th term this fall, it appears he’s facing his toughest challenge yet. The incumbent is being called into the ring by Republican state representative Austin Scott, who is ready to make changes in Washington that will grow Georgia’s economy and create jobs.
Ohio, the GOP’s most pivotal swing state in 2004, is proving once again to be fertile ground for Republicans in 2010. Despite the attention the current administration is lavishing on Ohio – President Obama has visited the state nearly a dozen times since taking office – Buckeye State Democrats are losing ground, and time is running out.
Howls of protest are coming from Los Angeles teachers whose evaluations on their effectiveness in raising student test scores have been published in the Los Angeles Times. But that is to be expected, for teachers are among the very few professions who feel that they can write their own job descriptions and evaluations.
The explosion of an issue on the national scene often seems to come from nowhere. That is really a misconception; what more accurately defines the process is that the issue bubbles to the surface of our culture and finally reaches what is called a “tipping point.” The definition of “tipping point” is the moment at which an object is displaced from a state of stable equilibrium into a new and different state. That has now occurred with what has become known as “anchor babies,” and the problem lies with the misinformation that has been bantered about.
Obama's Health Czar objects to claims by health insurers that they are raising premiums because of increased costs imposed by the Obamacare law passed by Congress last March.
President Obama's recent plan for small business job creation is on shaky ground. Obama is relying on the Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist with loans and small business contracting, but reports show that the SBA has organization and leadership problems. The Partnership for Public Service's 2010 survey of Best Places to Work In The Federal Government shows SBA ranked fourth from the bottom.
The tea party has something in common with fine wine: it gets better with age. This year’s 9/12 rally came replete with the types of moveable signs that were clearly crafted with care and the types of activists who are quick on their feet with chants and chatter.
Is any event so small that President Obama does not feel compelled to weigh in on it? Apparently not. Witness his recent impression of Mrs. O'Leary's famous cow when he turned Pastor Terry Jones into an international crisis. President Obama's intervention turned over a tiny lantern and set the entire world ablaze with hysteria over the pastor's plans to have his 50 church members burn a whopping 200 Korans. In Chicago, one cow's misstep set the whole city on fire. This time, thanks to the president, from a small ember in Florida came a globe-engulfing wildfire.
It was a picture perfect day—but not for long. Sunshine and light breezes quickly gave way to the harsh winds of war. In a moment the world changed. In a moment we all changed. But now, nine years later, have we learned the lesson of September 11, 2001?
Nine years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, thousands of Americans gathered near Ground Zero in downtown Manhattan on Saturday, raising their voices in protest against a proposed Islamic Mosque and community center just blocks from where the World Trade Center towers fell.
"This is a recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda...” That’s how President Barack Obama, in a national television interview on September 9, described the plans of an American Pastor to hold a September 11th “Koran burning” event at his church in Florida.
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