Posted: 3/30/2013 12:01:00 AM EST
The President on Tuesday signed the continuing resolution that funds the government through September and (gasp) keeps the sequester cuts intact. Now that it appears sequestration isn't going away (and yet the earth continues to spin merrily on its axis), the focus should be on how this small step might be extended.
Posted: 3/23/2013 12:01:00 AM EST
Say you’re running a business, and you find yourself awash in red ink. You realize it’s time to retool your approach, and fast. So you ask two different employees to each come up with a budget. You’ll go with whoever writes the best plan.
Posted: 3/21/2013 12:01:00 AM EST
In the balancing act going on in Washington right now, for one side the term is layered with meaning, while for the other, its meaning could not be clearer. For President Obama and the Democrats, first and foremost balance means making sure the “wealthiest Americans” ante up and pay their “fair share.”
Posted: 3/18/2013 12:01:00 AM EST
The Ryan budget provides a view of Republican priorities and their vision for how to increase economic growth, reform entitlements, and balance the budget. While timid and imperfect, Ryan’s plan shows that Republicans are at least looking in the right direction.
Posted: 3/15/2013 12:01:00 AM EST
How can anyone take President Obama seriously when he tells us our national debt is no big deal? Well, we have to take him seriously, because, unserious thinking or not, he has serious power, including the power to obstruct progress on reducing the debt.
Posted: 3/13/2013 9:34:00 AM EST
Instead of wailing and gnashing of fiscal teeth, Congress and the President ought to be heaving a sigh of relief and heaping kudos on the former vice-presidential nominee, for doing what they collectively and separately have failed to accomplish.
Posted: 3/11/2013 12:01:00 AM EST
They're flailing. That's the impression I get from watching Barack Obama and his White House over the past week.
Posted: 2/28/2013 12:01:00 AM EST
In an interview I conducted with him on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Ryan told me
he believes a majority of Americans will come to understand how bad the debt
is after the rhetoric gives way to reality.
Posted: 1/25/2013 12:01:00 AM EST
The Republican Party is picking up the pieces. Speaking of the ticket's loss for the first time since the election, Rep. Paul Ryan noted that many voters "don't think or know that we have good ideas" on fighting poverty and "helping people move up the ladder of life."
Posted: 1/18/2013 12:01:00 AM EST
Speaker John Boehner finally declared this week that President Obama's goal over the next few years is to "annihilate" the GOP. Wow, he finally figured that out. And to reporters about his ticket's defeat in November, Rep. Paul Ryan stated that there was a failure to turn potential Republican voters out -- again, another "ah ha" moment.
Posted: 1/12/2013 12:01:00 AM EST
Do you remember what the mainstream media mainly talked about as the country careened toward the fiscal cliff? Did they talk about the harmful economic effects of impending tax increases? Did they talk about which tax increases would be worse than others? Did they talk about the need to get rid of waste in government without causing economic harm?
Posted: 12/30/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
The outlook wasn't brilliant for the GOP this year:
The economy had tanked; hope and change had morphed to fear.
The strong and swift refused to join the presidential race.
Posted: 12/22/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
Each December I gaze into my crystal ball and predict what I believe will be the top 10 stories of the coming year. I almost never get these right but they’re fun to speculate about nevertheless.
Posted: 12/12/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
It may have been one of the strangest moments in the history of modern presidential politics.
Posted: 12/6/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
Last week, I was exiting my neighborhood Starbucks when I happened to overhear a middle-aged man talking to a younger man who appeared to be his son.
Posted: 12/5/2012 9:20:00 AM EST
Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio wowed the Beltway conservatives last night, which is a little bit like the British cheering a successful evacuation from Dunkirk. The GOP indeed lives to fight another day, and that day will be here quickly as 2014’s candidates are already declaring –Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito for the United States Senate in West Virginia and former Governor Michael Rounds for the same in South Dakota.
Posted: 11/14/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
Liberals do not grasp the distinction between Ronald Reagan and (either) George Bush. This blind spot creates a massive confusion and hazard to their ambitions. Obama defeated neither the Reagan Narrative nor Team Reagan. Team Bush appropriated, and then marginalized, both. Obama beat Team Bush, not Team Reagan. The implications are huge.
Posted: 11/7/2012 10:50:00 AM EST
AS THE NATION'S ELECTORAL BRAWL drew to a close, I thought about a question posed by ABC's Martha Raddatz to vice-presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan during their debate in Kentucky last month. She quoted "a highly decorated soldier" who was "dismayed" at the tone of the campaign. "The ads are so negative," the soldier had lamented, "and they're all tearing down each other rather than building up the country."
Posted: 11/7/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
It's over at last, Now we know. Or do we? The voting may have ended, but the counting continues.
Posted: 11/3/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
Michael Barone is America’s “one man decision desk,” with credibility on elections far beyond that of anyone else working the field in America today.